Despite the title, this isn’t an article that is going to tell you to put one foot in front of the other in a fast motion. But nice try. Instead, this is a guide for beginners who are looking to go from zero exercise to running. If this sounds like you, keep reading.
The Right Gear
You don’t need to perform your own movie montage in the department store to find yourself a new running outfit, but you will need the right items.
- Make sure the shoes are designed for what you want to do. Your old netball shoes or hiking boots are not going to be a good idea for jogging or running. Head to the store and get something appropriate.
- If you plan to run during cold weather, it’s important that you get clothes which draw the sweat away from your body. This helps to prevent you from getting chills and becoming ill. When you are looking, find something which feels good. Head to the Groupon Coupons page for L L Bean and get something appropriate. Don’t worry too much about how you look – nobody looks good while running.
Despite the action, running isn’t a race. There is no shame in taking it as slow as you need to. Many people find that it can take three months before they feel like they have hit a comfortable groove.
If your first attempt at running is a briskly walked lap or two around the park, then congratulations! It counts! The worst thing that you can do it try to jump straight into long distance or timed running. All you will end up with is an injury.
Stretch, Stretch Some More, and Then Some More!
If you think that stretching is a waste of time, then you’re in for a world of running pain. For those of you looking to avoid painful thighs, stretching is going to be your friend.
Be sure to stretch out your entire body before and after each running session; even if it is just a few laps around the park.
Running has so many benefits for your health and well-being. If you don’t enjoy it at first or you don’t think you’re right for it, stick with it and give it another go. Once you get over the initial hump you’ll never look back!