How to Start Running

Thinking of starting a running routine? Running is a great way to improve your health and even learn about your community. You can go at your own pace. There isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” approach! Here are some steps on how to get started and stay focused.

Running for as little as five minutes a day could significantly lower a person’s risk of dying prematurely, according to a large-scale new study of exercise and mortality. The findings suggest that the benefits of even small amounts of vigorous exercise may be much greater than experts had assumed. – Gretchen Reynolds

A Formula for Training

Try to run three times a week.

Warm up

Allot five minutes before each run to warm up. This should involve gradually moving from walking to a brisk pace. This will prepare your body for the strain of a running workout.

A Reasonable Goal

Try to set a tangible goal before starting your workout and stick to it. 20 minutes of exercise is a reasonable goal.

If you are just starting to run, pushing yourself to run for a set amount of time may not be the most purposeful approach. Listening to your body and allowing it to get used to the demands of running may prove more beneficial in the long run. If you need to walk for 1-2 minutes after running for 5 minutes straight, that is completely normal. As the months go by, you will find yourself being able to run longer!

Cool Down

Take 5 minutes after your run to cool down. Walking after your run will tell your body to slow down.

Don’t Give Up

Starting a new habit is never easy. Stick to your goals and do not lose sight of what inspired you to run in the first place! Eventually, you will be able to cover more ground and running will become easier.

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