Running is one of the best workouts for anyone. It doesn’t cost anything to lace up your sneakers and run on a trail, you can do it pretty much anywhere and it keeps you healthy. However, it is hard! It takes work and most people don’t get a thrill on jogging in circles. But here are some tips to take note of to start to love running.
- Remember… baby steps. If you don’t run regularly, don’t go 5 miles your first time. You’ll just be in a lot of pain and you’ll be miserable. Use a program like Couch to 5K or simply run for a minute, walk for a minute, and so on. Start slow and work up to longer distances and running faster. This will be much easier on your body and will let you enjoy the sport.
- Run properly with the correct form. If you don’t exercise at all, start with walking or biking to get into better shape before running. Once you start running, remember to take each step with the balls of your feet and not your heels to avoid injuries. You can also look up other types of proper form online.
- Make a killer playlist. Listening to music while working out can make all the difference. Choose upbeat songs and make your favorite song a “power song” to play when you are feeling sluggish or like giving up. If you’re on Spotify or another music website, look up running playlists.
- If you are easily bored, skip the treadmill and go outside. If you’re just starting out, make sure you find a flat route and watch for bumps in the road. When you’re ready for a challenge, go for different terrains or hills. Running outside generally makes the time go by much faster than stationary running.
- Make your iPhone your running buddy. Download apps that help you run better and make you excited to run. There are apps that make it seem like zombies are chasing you for an extra motivation or apps that pit you against your friends if competition is your jam. You can also choose an app to track your distance, speed and calories burned.
- Lastly, know the benefits but do what is best for you. Running is great for your body and brain, releases endorphins, releases toxins and builds strong muscles. Yet, there are so many workouts that if you find that running is not right for you, try something else. Do what is right for you and your body!
Are you a runner? What is your favorite part about running? Or tell me why you can’t stand it!