With summer (almost) in full swing, you've probably seen a number of people out jogging the streets of your neighborhood.
Running is a great form of exercise because it is inexpensive and you can do it anywhere. It can seem intimidating at first, but getting started is easier than you might think, and there's no better time to start than now! Read on to learn a few pointers on getting started on your running journey.
Set Small Goals
If you have never played basketball, you wouldn't expect to be a star player without some practice. The same goes with running. It will be hard the first few times you run. You may only be able to run a few steps at first, and that's great! Have a goal in mind for your run. Whether it is to jog for 10 seconds and walk for 50, or just to jog to the next mailbox, make it realistic.
Don't Start Out Too Fast
Allow your body time to adjust to this new form of movement. It'll take time to build up your speed and for your body to get used to the stressors of running. Running is also a mental game, and if you start out too fast, you may get frustrated with yourself and not be able to enjoy your running.
Allow for Recovery
Did you feel amazing on your last run and can't wait to lace up those shoes and go again? Make sure to listen to your body and allow for recovery. At the beginning of training, start by running every other day and recover on your off days. Recovery doesn't mean do nothing, but rather taking it easy. Make time to stretch and foam roll as well!
Keep your love for running alive by mixing it up. Cross training is not only great for variety, but it also conditions diferent muscle groups and develops new skills. It reduces the risk of injury from repetitive strain or overuse. Some examples of cross training include biking, roller blading, using the elliptical or stair climber!
Whether you are just getting started or training for your next race
, these tips will come in handy for healthy running habits!