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Tips For Taking Up Running

Running is the greatest free and accessible exercise out there. No matter your level, your budget, or your time constraints, running provides the best calorie burning exercise that you can do anywhere.

Regular running can reduce your risk of illnesses as well as boost your mood and keep you feeling great. If you haven’t exercised in a while or are looking to get back into it after some time out, here are a few things you should take into account, so you can run safe and stay motivated:

Starting out - If you haven’t been active for a while, then you should build your fitness levels slowly. This could mean starting out with a brisk walk before picking up the pace. Doing too much too soon can cause injuries and will cause you to lose motivation.

Equipment - Running doesn’t require much equipment but investing in a good pair of running trainers is advisable. They will provide comfort and support in all the right places. There are plenty to choose from so make sure you get some professional advice before deciding. It’s recommended that women also consider a sports bra; they are sturdier than normal bras and make running much more comfortable.

Plan your runs – Planning out your weekly runs and sticking to them are key to keeping your exercise regime moving forward. With a plan written down there’s no way you can let a run ‘slip your mind’.

Out of Shape – If you are recovering from an injury or feel that you’ve been away from exercise for so long that you might do damage to yourself, consult your GP before taking up any running.

First Run – Always make sure you warm up and cool down, even if you only managed a brisk walk. Failing to wind down properly will leave your legs feeling wooden and painful the morning after.

Easing yourself into things gently is the key when you’re starting out. Everyone has to start somewhere; even those who now take part in regular running events were once in the same position as you are in now. So keep going.

 

15th March 2018, 12:38
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