Running is great for your physical and mental wellbeing, it’s free, and it’s something you can do virtually anywhere.
Don’t run too much too soon
This one is crucial. It’s natural to want to try to ‘go for it’ but it’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 it’s all too easy for an exercise routine to slip. But it’s called a routine for a reason, and it’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, don’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 don’t need to be head-to-toe in Lycra.
However, you do need a decent pair of running shoes, and it’s worth visiting a specialist running shop and getting them to analyse your gait. They’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, don’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 you’re following, but the principle of not giving your muscles too much of a shock remains the same.
Make it fun
You’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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