If you want to begin your new career as a runner, then there is no need to further delay it. In fact, the earlier you run the better! Running provides immense benefits in the body such as weight loss, increased heart and lung performance, stress relief and healthier bones and bigger muscles. As soon as you started running, you will observe a lot of improvements in your body.
So, start running today! All you have to do to get started is to follow the guidelines given below. After reading this, you will surely want to jump start your running career!
1. What is the most important item that every runner, beginner or professional, should have?
The first thing that you will need to do in your running career is to purchase your first pair of running shoes. Runners should wisely invest in a pair of running shoes. “Wisely” means getting hold of high-quality shoes intended for running, and not any other kind of shoes like basketball shoes perhaps. These shoes should perfectly feet your feet, and appropriate for your foot type. It does not necessarily have to be expensive shoes, but the one that will provide you ample cushioning, comfort, stability and durability..
2. Come to think about these, “Why do you want to run?”
Did you wish to enter running events and win running competitions? Or you want to run to enjoy the benefits of staying physically fit? These questions will help determine the main purpose and goal why you want to run. Before you go on with your running career, you may want to set your purpose and goal first to keep you inspired and motivated all the way.
3. “Too soon and too far” is not always the best option.
Most beginners assume that running too soon and too far is the best way to start a running career. Unfortunately, these are wrong assumptions that might lead to sore muscles or even injuries. Thus, once you get the right footwear and set your goals, always remember not to run as fast as you can right away. In the mean time, you can start walking around 20 minutes a few days in a week. Then, once you feel like you are in shape, alternate running and walking for few minutes. Then, try running without the walking part in short periods, and set the date to run three times a week. Never increase the distance immediately, as well as your running pace. You can start the process slow and take some quality rests in between.
4. Start your day with warm-ups and end it with a cool-down.
These are important physical activity that needs to be done before and after running. This will prevent you from having aching muscles and annoying running injuries. Stretching and other simple physical exercises can serve as your warm-up and cool-down.
Some other things that you will need to consider when you want to become a runner, is to bring along other running accessories and equipment such as bottle of water and emergency kit. Also, run with a friend and don’t forget to have fun!