Tips on Becoming a Runner

Tips on Becoming a Runner

With the weather getting warmer, it is the perfect time to get off the couch and start exercising.  Exercise has so many benefits, such as weight loss, it helps combat high blood pressure, improves your mood and  boosts your energy.

One of my favorite forms of exercise is running.  As one of the most vigorous exercises out there, running is an extremely efficient way to burn calories and drop pounds.

Pace Yourself

If you have never run before, there are many ways to start. Not sure you are a runner?

Try a variance of this simple routine.
Begin by walking for 5 minutes to warm up. Then stretch (concentrate on calves, hamstrings hips and thighs).
Run for 30 seconds, walk for 1 minute – Try this for 10 minutes the first day and work up to 20 minutes.
Then run one minute walk one minute. This is a 1:1 – do 10 sets or do it until you can do 10 sets.
Then add a minute to your run. Now it is a 2:1. Do 8 sets. At this point, make sure you run about 3 times per week and can do this workout all 3 times. Don’t move on until you can.
Continue to add 30 seconds or a minute to your run intervals, keeping your walk time to one minute per set. Try to do enough sets to equal 25-30 minutes.
Follow each workout with a GOOD long stretch and some push-ups / crunches.

Don’t like my idea? Check out the Couch to 5K program online – there are many apps with a variance of this program that you can download to your smartphone.

By the way, it is much easier on your joints if you run on an actual track – cement is very hard on your joints, especially if you are overweight.

You can do it!

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