Running is great for your physical and mental wellbeing, itโ€™s free, and itโ€™s something you can do virtually anywhere.

Donโ€™t run too much too soon

This one is crucial. Itโ€™s natural to want to try to โ€˜go for itโ€™ but itโ€™s very important to start slowly and build up, otherwise you risk injury.

Alternating between walking and running is a great way to build up your fitness.

Remember not to go too fast as well. You should be able to hold a conversation.

Allow a rest day between runs, as this will give your muscles a chance to recover.

Find a plan that works for you

There are lots of plans out there designed to help get beginners up and running, but just find one that most appeals to you.

Make time for your training

We all lead busy lives and itโ€™s all too easy for an exercise routine to slip. But itโ€™s called a routine for a reason, and itโ€™s important that you try to commit to it as much as possible, aim to run three times a week.

If your do fall off the running wagon for a bit, donโ€™t beat yourself up. Just pick up your schedule as soon as you can.

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Running is not an expensive sport and you donโ€™t need to be head-to-toe in Lycra.

However, you do need a decent pair of running shoes, and itโ€™s worth visiting a specialist running shop and getting them to analyse your gait. Theyโ€™ll get you to run on a treadmill and look at what your feet are doing.

Make sure you warm up and warm down

Whatever you do, donโ€™t burst out of your front door at full-speed, or collapse on the sofa the second you finish. Your body needs a chance to warm up and warm down.

Whether you do this by walking briskly, stretching, or a combination of the two varies according to what plan youโ€™re following, but the principle of not giving your muscles too much of a shock remains the same.

Make it fun

Youโ€™re much more likely to keep running if you enjoy it (same as everything else really). Looking for a running app to help you get the best from your workout?

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Melโ€™s Body Squad is a healthy way to get the results you want.

Whether its fat loss, health, fitness or improve your lifestyle we can tailor a program to suit you and your families needs.

We work with a superfood nutrition product which impacts the body in a positive way, we also have amazing performance products. All of which can be added to your nutritional program.

Optional, each person is personally mentored, added toย a support group and gets weekly check ins to see howย we can improve on your journey.

We work in a way that doesnโ€™t strip you from enjoyingย the things in life but more enjoy living 80% with goodย clean fun meals and 20% of the time more relaxed.

The whole family can get involved in our programs if you want.

โ€œStrongโ€ and โ€œhealthyโ€ is going to look different on everyone and thatโ€™s something that we as women, need to remember. Ladies, everyBODY is different and everybodyโ€™s journey with health and fitness is going to be different.

They say โ€œbeauty is in the eye of the beholderโ€ and I HONESTLY believe that to be true. Stop comparing yourself to other people, some people might look at me and see a large chest and a big bum and not want my body, but thatโ€™s not important. Whatโ€™s important is that I WANT my body and I LOVE my body and at the end of the day thatโ€™s what matters most.

Letโ€™s EMBRACE and accept our bodies for everything they are and stop worrying about everything theyโ€™re not.