When starting out running you should be aware that it can be a bit of a process. Running definitely isn’t an exercise that you can just immediately jump into with a lot of success. If you’re interesting in the sport and pastime then you should know that there is definitely a way to ease into it as long as you’re aware and diligent. Support yourself by taking care to know how to do so.
Start Small and Get BiggerIn order to start running you have to start walking. Remember the phrase “before you can walk you have to know how to crawl”? Think of it as “before you learn how to run you have to know how to walk” instead. Start walking around the block every day for a week and then move up to power walking and jogging. This way you stretch yourself naturally and get accustomed to the motions before diving in.
Know That Too Much is BadRunning is definitely not something you can start out with doing at a sprint. It’s also not something that you should push yourself too hard with in the beginning. Even walking too much can be extremely bad for your muscles and strains can occur easily in the beginning to be cautious.
Watch Your PostureRunning, walking, and jogging are things that you have to have the right posture for. Slouching and exercising in this way is a good way to hurt your back and neck. Running should be something that is done with a straight back and tall stance. Slumping and slouching while walking in the beginning can train your body to do so as you continue so watch out for your posture as you go along.
Beware FootwareThe most important part of your running attire should be your shoes. It’s great to have good clothes for running, such as body conforming pants that help you become more aerodynamic, but if you don’t have good running shoes then your whole plan is for naught. Don’t run in things like flats or flip flops. These can be tripping hazards and don’t support your arches like they should. Spend some money on some nice tennis shoes before you go out and exercise.
Listen to Your Heart…and Your Muscles
It’s not just a cheesy line from a romantic novel or song. Listen to your heart while you go running to make sure your blood pressure and heart rate isn’t either too high or too low. Also make sure to listen to your muscles. When they hurt a little too much then you know you may be exercising wrong or for too long. Adjust your routine or route for the next day and make sure to take care of your injuries.
The Way You Go Makes All the DifferenceMap out a route or two before you go out walking and then running. Know how long you want to walk or run. It’s also a good idea to make sure that the way you’ve mapped out is safe and doesn’t contain too many areas that might be risky both for your personal safety and also that don’t interfere with too much traffic.
Don’t Get Ahead of Yourself
When it comes to your limits the rule is simple: know them. Knowing where you are in your routine is vastly important to your overall success as a fledgling runner. Being overzealous doesn’t make you hot stuff and can be harmful to your body. Remember not to get too cocky and keep it slow and steady. It may seem boring and tedious at first but you’ll be sprinting towards a finish line before you know it.