So you’ve decided to run on a regular basis? That’s fantastic. Running is great for improving your cardiovascular fitness, strengthen muscles and build strong bones. Of course you burn plenty of calories and reach a healthy weight.
But it’s not a good idea to go out and start running as fast as you can immediately. You’re likely to sustain injuries if you start suddenly. Here are a few tips to help you start running, so that you can gradually build up speed and stamina, feel stronger and stay safe.
15 Things You Should Know About Starting to Run
- You can start with around 30 minutes a day about three times or five times a week.
- Don’t start running too far right at the outset. Start by running about 20 minutes at a time. Slowly increase how much time you run for.
- If you find it hard to run continuously right at the start, try running for four minutes and then walking for one.
- Beginners don’t need to worry about how far they are running. Instead, pay attention to how long you’re running.
- Buy a good pair of running shoes. They should be shoes that are meant for running, since these shoes are designed to absorb the impact of running and protect your feet from injury. Keep in mind that running shoes are different from tennis shoes, walking shoes or cross-trainers.
- Women should also invest in a good quality sports bra that will keep them dry and well-supported.
- You will find your legs getting sore in the beginning. This is normal. As you keep up the routine, the soreness will vanish pretty quickly.
- A common injury that runners sustain is shin splints, caused by wearing wrong shoes or running too hard. If you feel acute pain anywhere, let your body rest for a few days.
- To set your pace, try to talk while you run. If you can manage to do so without getting out of breath, your pace is good.
- Treadmills are good for bad weather. They also let you ease into faster speeds.
- Running uphill can burn calories and build up leg strength. Run with short strides when running uphill.
- Side stitches when running are caused by a lack of oxygen. Breath hard and slow down until the stitches vanish.
- You need plenty of proteins and carbohydrates for your regular runs. Eat high-energy, healthy foods like whole grains, vegetables and fruits.
- You can stay motivated by joining a local race with a set goal.
- You’ll lose weight as you run, as long as you lose more calories than you eat.
Good luck with your first run!