How To Start A Running Program

With these tips, you can start your running program into action. Running is a great recreational activity which enables you to stay in shape.

Running is one of the most popular forms of physical fitness available today. Over the past 25 years, the popularity of it has grown exponentially as many people have tried it for a variety of reasons. Whatever your reason is, move forward. It is a decision you will not regret.

Once you have decided to embark on a running program, be sure to obtain a complete physical exam from your doctor. He or she can offer invaluable advice as to your current state of health and how your program should be structured. In the unfortunate event that your doctor tells you that you should not take up running, he or she may be able to suggest an alternative form of exercise that is acceptable.

Begin your program by selecting a good pair of shoes. Running shoes should be comfortable and flexible, and should allow enough room for your toes to move freely. When shopping for them, try to do so later in the day. Your feet swell slightly as the day goes on, so if you try them on in the afternoon or evening and they happen to fit well, you know you have a good set. Do not be afraid to ask questions of the personnel at the store. They are there to help. Look for fall and winter sales for the best deals.

Break in your shoes by walking in them for a few days. Wear socks that you will wear when you run. The socks should be thick, cotton ones with no holes. Be sure there are no wrinkles in them when you put them on, as wrinkles tend to cause blisters.

Before you actually take off running, make sure your clothing is loose and comfortable. For women, a solid sports bra is highly recommended. Never begin a run without adequate stretching. For at least ten minutes prior to running, stretch out your leg, arm and torso muscles. You may view stretching as a time-waster, but your body will be much more limber. This will assist you in avoiding injury.

For your first several runs, go slow and easy. Enjoy the scenery around you, and revel in the fact that you are doing something good for your body. You will only get better. The first run may be difficult, but comfort yourself by understanding that as your fitness level grows, so will your runs. Run only until you feel tired. Hydrate yourself with at least 64 ounces of water each day.

Once you have gotten into your program, you may find yourself in a running rut. The route or routes you run may have become monotonous or boring. Don't worry. Try mixing in other actvities such as cycling or swimming. Doing so may be tough on your schedule, but you will reap tremendous benefits. When you run, certain muscle groups are not exercised as much as others are.

Engaging in a variety of activities, a practice commonly known as "cross training", gives the other muscle groups a chance to be developed and conditioned as well. It also helps you by keeping injuries at bay. There is nothing worse than having to bring an exercise program to a halt while you nurse an injury, particularly if it is a severe one. Once it is healed, you have to almost start from scratch with you training regimen. Be careful, and use common sense.

Consult books and magazines on running. Many of them can refer you to runs to enter around the country and running clubs to join. You will be surprised at how many other people are at your level and would like to share stories with you.

Above all, have fun. You are not in any competition. Remind yourself that you are a better person for running.

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