Have you ever passed by a runner and thought, “I’d like to try that, but it looks way too hard?” It’s true, running is not the easiest sport to get into in terms of getting comfortable with your breath and your gait, but it is one of the best whole body exercises out there, and it’s highly accessible since all you need is a pair of shoes.
It’s true, running is not for everyone, but if you are someone curious about it, and you don’t know where to start, here is a step-by-step guide to getting you out there making strides:
Shoes We might as well start with the shoes because a quality pair of shoes is the most important equipment to have. Your best bet is to visit a store that specializes in running as they can help you pick out a pair of shoes based on the shape of your foot and your gait. It is essential that you do get a pair of shoes that is going to serve you well. That old pair of walking shoes your aunt’s uncle’s sister gave you 10 years ago may not be the best bet when it comes to the support and cushioning you need for a run.
Clothes While running, specific clothes are going to be the best option. You can, of course, run in whatever makes you feel the most comfortable. If that is a pair of shorts your aunt’s uncle’s sister gave you, fine, as long as you feel like they are something you could move and sweat in comfortably.
To get started running, you may find that you end up spending more time walking than running, and this is okay! The idea is to work up to it.
First, start by choosing a place to run.
Maybe that’s at the gym on a treadmill or maybe outside in your neighborhood. If you do choose to run outside, try to find a spot paved with asphalt or a dirt trail over concrete, as it is much harder on your body.
For your exercise, consider this plan to get you started: -Begin with a brisk 10-minute walk to warm up. -Move into a light jog for as long as you can (this is an easy pace - you should still be able to talk). -Slow down and walk for a few minutes to let your body recover. -Repeat that step, alternating jogging and walking for 10-20 minutes, depending on how you feel. -Increase the amount you run by 10% each week while decreasing the amount you walk.
Work your way up to 30 minutes or more of continuous running about 3 times a week.
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