Running offers a variety of physical and mental health benefits, and regular practice can help you build strong bones, strengthen muscles, improve cardiovascular fitness, manage stress levels and maintain a healthy weight.
Running is for everyone and it helps burn calories due wind resistance. Moreover, bone strength and mineral density also improves, as it’s a weight-bearing and high-impact exercise. Apart
from physical benefits, running can provide a good amount of vitamin D and lets you inhale the fresh air, leading to a boost in energy and lower levels of stress and anger.
In case you have never ran before, then don’t worry as everyone struggles with technique and motivation in the beginning. Just remember to not stop after your first or second run, as you are probably going to have delayed onset muscle soreness, which is absolutely normal.
We bring to you three tips that can help you adopt this healthy habit and begin your fitness journey:
Power your runs with a pair of sturdy and comfortable shoes that provide good arch support and have a cushioned heel to absorb shock. Analyse which shoes work best for you, depending on ‘pronation’, which is the way your foot rolls when it lands on the ground. Also consider using loose and breathable clothing that gives you room to move.
A proper warm-up can improve blood flow to the working muscles, and reduce stiffness, potentially lowering the risk of injury. Moreover, a warm-up should ideally be active, which includes a walk or dynamic stretches for five to ten minutes. Very importantly, cooling down after your run will help bring your heart rate back to normal, which is critical to avoid injuries and you could consider walking for five to ten minutes after you work out to cool down. Also, before your next run, wait at least a day as your body needs to rest and adapt to pressure on the cardiovascular system, muscles and bones for the next run.
3. Start slow
As a beginner, don’t plan on running long distances in one go. Break it down into intervals and try to keep them short at the beginning and don’t shy away from walking between the intervals, so you can recover. Moreover, start running at a moderate pace and maintain the same pace for the entire distance. Consider alternating between two minutes of jogging and two minutes of walking, and increase your running intervals by one minute per workout until you can run the entire distance at a stretch without having to walk.
Just put your shoes on and begin your journey by keeping these simple but effective tips in mind. Happy running!