The Importance of Fitness – How to Start Running in 5 Simple Steps
For many people, especially those who have never had a work out routine or stayed fit before, running on a regular basis just seems impossible. They never think they can start jogging every day and change their life to achieve their fitness goals, and that is the first mistake.
As you’ve already decided to learn how to start running, you are probably aware of the many benefits of jogging on a regular basis. Running has been proven to have many physical and mental health benefits for those who actively engage in regular jogs as part of their daily routines.
Learning how to start running for beginners is done in the same way as developing any skill. There are steps that you can take to improve your overall fitness and endurance, build up the relevant muscles that will help you to run, get the right amount of sleep to have enough energy to go jogging, eat the right foods both before and after you run, and get into the habit of running on a regular basis.
How to Start Running
As with developing a skill, running can be learned by following some key steps, and through repetition, trial and error, and true grit, you can start running and improve your overall health.
Here are some key steps that you can take if you want to learn how to start running and enjoy the many benefits that come with jogging on a regular basis.
1. Start Your Morning With a Jog
For many people, building up the motivation to workout is usually a struggle on its own, but the idea of waking up early in the morning to go for a jog seems like something they won’t be able to do, but this is just a self limiting belief.
The truth is, anyone can wake up early and go for a jog as long as they’ve have set themselves the right fitness goals that motivate them enough to want to achieve them.
If you’ve decided that you don’t want to be fat anymore, feel tired and lethargic all day, have tired and achy joints, or to keep procrastinating your work, then the best decision you can make is to wake up earlier and go for a jog.
The fresh air in the morning will make you see a different side to the environment that you don’t normally see, it will wake you up better than coffee ever could, and give you extra energy all day long to help you be more productive. When everyone else is busy snoozing, you’re out there getting fit.
Starting your day with a jog, before breakfast, is the key ingredient to a great morning and it will set you up for a great day.
2. Start Off with Brisk Walks
The biggest mistake you can make is to start running straight off the bat. This is for 2 reasons:
– You will feel very tired very fast and give up
– You will feel pain and likely get injured and give up
The best way to start running is to start your jogs with a brisk walk, also known as a power walk. Walking at as fast a pace as you can but without running, taking big strides each time, is the best way to warm up your body and prepare it for a jog.
If you are someone who has never jogged before, you can even stick to brisk walking for the first few days or weeks. There are many benefits to brisk walking and if you feel more comfortable doing so, stick to brisk walking until you feel ready to start jogging.
As you develop the confidence and the fitness levels to start jogging, mix up your brisk walks with some light jogs. You can count the steps that you can taking and at every time you risk walk for 100 steps, you can run for a further 50 steps before you return to your brisk walk.
By starting to run in this way, you can slowly build up your fitness without running the risk of getting injured or overly tired. As your fitness improves, you can run for longer and walk for less until you are just running the entire time.
3. Don’t Rush
If you are jogging in the park, the beach, or just around your neighborhood, you may see more experiences runners who are jogging at a much faster speed and for longer periods than you are. Don’t let that dissuade you. These runners, just like any professional athlete, have put themselves through the same process that you are going through now, and it was only through their self discipline and drive that they were able to get to the level that they are at now.
You too can achieve the same fitness levels if you’re able to be patient and build up your fitness and ability at a healthy rate.
Don’t rush it. Let your body get prepared for what you’re going to put it through and realize that when you get there, you’re going to feel great for having achieved it.
4. Get the Right Equipment
Just like any sport, to get to a high level requires you to have the right equipment. Running is no different. A good pair of running shoes are essential to take some of the impact of running off of your joints, especially if you aren’t able to run on soft surfaces like sand and grass.
Sweat bands and a small sweat towel will help so you don’t drown your eyes in your own sweat and keep your mind and concentration on what you’re listening to and enjoying your run.
5. Encourage Friends and Family to Jog With You
Many people like to go running alone, mainly because they can’t find someone else at their fitness level to go with them. Now that you’ve decided to go down this path, find someone else who can benefit from running on a regular basis and take them along for the ride.
Use these steps to teach them how to start running, and you can help someone else as you help yourself. You will be able to hold each other accountable and motivate each other to go running more often. This is very useful for people who find it difficult to motivate themselves to work out.
Now that you know how to start running, get started and let us know how you get on. Enjoy the many benefits of jogging on a regular basis and move on to other exercises to improve your overall health and quality of life.
Mehdi KA is an inspirational blogger and motivational speaker. He has traveled to over 43 countries and enjoys writing as a way to share his experiences and life lessons.
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