Run for it! Run for better heart health, run for a fresher complexion, run for increased libido and the list goes on. If you're not already a part of the 'running revolution', then it's time you found out what all the fuss is about.
First, gem up with these tips to avoiding injury and ensure you give it a fair trial...
Get the right shoes
Firstly, make sure that you are wearing suitable footwear. Old, knackered-out trainers, however top of the range they were when you bought them, will damage your feet and reduce your enjoyment of the sport. Invest in some decent running shoes that have the feel-good factor! It's all psychological, but the more positive associations you generate around your new leisure activity, the more likely you are to commit to it.
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Don't head out cold and expect your body not to seize up, or even worse cause muscle damage. Think of your body like a piece of blue tack that needs bending and manipulating before it will function properly. Always give yourself the time/space to hold stretches for all of the major muscle groups (especially legs) before you set off. Regular stretching has a multitude of health and wellness benefits aside from limbering you up for a run, so make this a little ritual you enjoy, rather than a chore.
Slow and steady wins the race
Don't be a speedy gonzales and burn yourself out. Go at your own pace, however slow that may feel to begin with. You won't reap any of the amazing benefits of running if you push too hard. Even when your mind is yelling at you to go faster and excel yourself, try to switch off this unhelpful internal dialogue. One of the many beauties of exercise is that it takes you out of your ego-fuelled thoughts and into the present moment. Relax and go with your body’s flow.
Set goals and don't skip rest days
Motivate yourself by setting goals, such as a certain distance or train for a specific run. You're not going want to head out every time, especially if it's raining, or something good is on telly, so this where goals make us more focused and committed. On the other hand, remember that rest is vital too. You will become much stronger and faster sooner, if you allow your body to recover from high intensity training. As always, balance is key!