At the heart of it all, good health is far from rocket science. If you eat right, exercise regularly and live an overall active lifestyle, your odds of staying in optimum health and living to an old age are greatly increased. It is something we all want – to be healthy, to see our children grow up, to feel better. Getting there, however, can sometimes seem like a daunting task.
Take a simple jog around the block as a prime example. Running as exercise is fantastic. It works your muscles, works your heart rate, works to burn calories, and strengthens your entire body. But while you may be able to convince yourself to take the first few steps, actually getting into the habit is another matter entirely.
It is not always the petty excuses that keep us from exercise either. Sometimes life and our surroundings get in the way of our goals. You may want to run but “can’t” because of any one of a number of obstacles:
- Work prohibits it
- Children to take care of
- No “room” to run in your neighborhood
- Not enough fuel left in the tank
- Sore/aching muscles and joints
- Bad weather
- Too out of shape
- Anxiety/issues in public
And the reasons—reasons which you do believe to be legitimate—to not run like you want go on and on.
However, there are workarounds to every one of these reasons and every other reason you can possibly think of. The truth of the matter is that if you want it, you can make it happen. You only need a few tips to get you started off on the right foot.
A Beginner’s Guide to Running
Running is not such a drastic exercise routine that you need to be an athlete to put this page in your catalog, but it is a little more high-intensity than simply walking or doing yoga. So, by that standard, you want to make sure you start off slowly if you’re a beginner. Here, we will go over a quick step-by-step guide you can use to begin running and begin shedding those unwanted pounds and getting into great shape.
- Plan the Date
- Speak to a Runner
- Work on a Prolonged Warm-up
- Do the Evolution
- Run through a Yellow Light
Remember all those reasons we listed up top? Well, this is how you get around most of them. Instead of waking up one morning with more energy than usual, feeling like running, and then putting it off for another two months once an obstacle prevents it, the idea is to plan the date in advance. Pick a goal to start, a goal that gives you time to prepare and gives you the day to focus on.
Whether it’s a coworker, a family member, a good friend, or even someone you meet on Facebook or Twitter, you should speak to a runner about certain things. A runner will tell you everything you want and need to know, from what kind of shoes to wear and where to run to how great you’ll feel and how much you’ll get in shape.
As we mentioned previously, running is a little more high-intensity than other exercises, so you do want to be in fairly decent shape to run. Start working now on a light pace to get primed for your run. Work on getting tuned up through walking, jogging in place, stretching, etc.
With heart-rate monitors, step-counters, a wide assortment of MP3 players and other technological assists, you can find all types of gadgets and gizmos to aid you in your run, whether it’s a device to help you count the calories or one to take your mind off the “work” while you groove out to some tunes.
When your day finally gets here, go slowly with it. Start out with a power walk, ease into a jog, and simply see where that takes you. You haven’t been working up to run a marathon; you’ve only been working up to get started. Your first day should be comfortable and easy, going only as much as you can. From here, the idea is to schedule a run every week, then every few days, then, eventually, every single day.
If you want to run, you can make it happen. If all else fails and you simply cannot find the space or if the weather prevents it, then you can always jump aboard a treadmill and work at your pace.
Running is a great way to burn calories, get in great shape and improve your overall mood. You won’t have to buy any equipment or even sacrifice too much of your time. Running is simply putting one foot in front of the other, just like we do every single day in life… only a little faster.