Running Before You Can Walk?

We hear so many stories about people who would love to start running but don’t know where to start.

Many jump straight in and try to do too much, too soon, and then end up quitting and feeling disheartened.

However, if approached in the right way, running can be a fantastic way to keep fit and lose weight, so we’ve put together the following tips to help you get started:

Start slowly

Before you even think about running, try walking briskly for half an hour. Then, introduce one-minute bursts of running every other minute. Build up to two-minute running bursts, with a minute of rest in between. The key is to only increase the amount of time you run for by one minute each time.

Aim to gradually reduce the amount of time you walk for and increase the amount of time you run for – but this should happen slowly over a period of weeks or months.

Build your strength

Another mistake which lots of amateur runners make is to launch into a running programme without having enough strength and flexibility to support it. This puts you at much higher risk of injury and soreness. Remember that running is a high impact activity. You should support your running by working on your strength, particularly in your legs, either in the gym or with your personal trainer.

Set a goal

Running can be a really challenging exercise and sometimes it can be hard to maintain motivation. A trick which we find to be the most successful is to set a goal. That doesn’t necessarily mean signing up for a marathon, but races or events are a great way to keep you going when the going gets tough. Alternatively, you could aim to join a running group or set a joint goal with a running partner.

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