Running is one of the simplest yet most effective forms of excecise. If you have been procastinating on working out for long then running can be good way to get rid of that lethargy and to get yourself into the mood for more intense physical excecise. However, you need to know a few things before you start running.
1. Walk before you run
If you have not worked out in a long time then it may not be a good idea to just start running one fine morning. It may cause injury to your joints and muscles. Sometimes these injuries can become serious. To get your body prepared for running, start with walking. When you start walking you may not be able to take long walks at the very beginning. Incease the amount of walking gradually until you are able to endure long walks. After a week or two of walking for long distances, you are eady to run.
2. Get proper gears
Always get proper running gears. Your running gears need not be espensive. Just find out stuff which is comfortable and safe. It is a good idea to go for reputed brands. If necessarry seek advice from a few professionals.
3. Medical conditions and age
If you have any medical condition or your age is 40+ then you MUST consult a physician before running. Running can be fatal for people with heart disease, high BP etc. Make sure you take the necessary precautions before you start running.
4. Start small
Don’t be over enthusiastic. Always be realistic when you start your running routine. You don’t have to become a marathon runner on the first week. You may want to impress the hot lady or the hot guy who runs along with you every morning or evening by stretching your limit but take it slow. A humble beginning is a good idea. As with any other form of excercise, gradually increasing the intensity is the ideal approcah. Increase your running time by 10-15 minutes at a time keeping in mind your capacity.
5. Set goals
Set goals but do not feel frustrated if you are not able to achieve them on time. Keep your goals realistic and small and achieve them one by one. Remember, your aim is not to run one long run and collapse but to train yourself to be able to run for a long long time.