Earlier this year, I started running. It’s easy to make excuses. I know, I used to do that. For example, ‘I am too fat to run’ or ‘I can’t run’. Stopping with making these excuses and start doing. There are many health benefits such as:
- Makes you feel happier
- Helps with losing or maintaining weight
- Strengthens your knees and other joints.
It will take a while to get use to running. When I started, I could barely run for a whole minute without getting breathless. However, I have been running for over 4 months now, and I am enjoying it. From barely running a mile to nearly running 5 miles in 4 months. This is my biggest accomplishment.
There are a few tips and tricks that I have learnt from personal experiences and also talking people who have been running for years. Here are a few beginner’s tips for running:
There are many different running apps out there. I would highly recommend any beginner wanting to start running to use a Couch to 5k based app. I have tried a couple of Couch to 5k app (see C25K review and 5k Trainer). These app are great for beginners as it gives you a target to reach. Also, you build up your running. You will start off by walking for about 2 minutes and running for 1 minute three or four times in a set time. Over the weeks, The length of time, you are running will increase.
Great Sport Bra (For women)
For all of the women out there, I would highly recommend that you invest in a good supportive sport bra. You will feel more confident when you are out running. My personal favourite brands are USA Pro and Under Armour.
When starting to run, you will need to invest n a good pair of trainers. There need to be supportive, this will help with avoiding injury. You don’t need to invest in £100’s, just a basic cheaper pair until you start running properly. I wear Sketchers Go Run.
Everyone struggles with motivation from time to time. Especially, now that it is winter. It cold and dark, you just went to stay at home and watch Netflix. There are many things that can affect your motivation such as
- the weather
- your mood
- your energy levels
However, these things may affect my motivation but I still go run. Just being out in the fresh air, helps me feel better within myself.
This is important that you have a drink before and after you have been for a run.
You will have aches and pains when you start running.However, there are many different pain relief and recovery tricks. After finishing your run, go for a nice hot shower. This will help relax the muscles. You can try a nice body wash suited to help with relaxing the muscles. Personally, I love Fitkit products. However, you can also heat packs or ice packs.
These are my tips. What are your beginner’s tips for running?
Stay Happy Fit.