Running as a beginner can be challenging, intimidating, and somewhat uncomfortable for your body. Understanding how to prepare for your runs, maintain a steady program, and become comfortable with your new journey is all essential to making yourself a successful runner. There could be a variety of things holding you back from beginning to run, but there are a few easy tips and tricks that we have for you to help you become the runner you’ve always wanted to be.
Invest In Your Shoes
Each running shoe brand claims to offer “the best” running experience and support, but the brand of the shoe shouldn’t matter when you are selecting your new pair. Each runner lands on their foot differently, so understanding where you need the most support will help you determine which shoes to buy. Some stores have a treadmill in the athletic shoe department and provide free assessments, so don’t be afraid to hop on and test different shoes while you're shopping.
Walking is Good
Interval training can help you build endurance and help you feel relaxed while running longer distances. A simple way to start is by setting a 30-minute goal. Walk for five minutes and then jog for one to two minutes. Continue this pattern for your 30-minute goal. Over time, you can adjust the intervals to slowly increase your endurance and move towards jogging for 30-minutes. Keep in mind that pushing yourself is crucial to reaching your goals, but know your limits. If you need to slow down and walk when your goal was 30-minutes of jogging, slow down, there’s always tomorrow.
After years of walking, running, climbing, dancing, and everything else you have done in your life, your knees and legs can become painful and weak. Building muscle and strengthening your legs can help reduce knee and joint pain. Take 10-15 minutes 4-5 days per week performing exercises that focus on strengthening thighs and your knees to help reduce pain. Strengthening these parts of your legs will also keep you strong and ready to run longer.
Inhale and Exhale
When first starting out running it’s important to keep your pace and recognize that your breathing patterns will make a difference in your ability to run for a longer period. Practice inhaling for two to three seconds, then exhaling for two to three seconds while you are running. The longer you can control your breath, the more oxygen will get to your muscles and overall you will feel more relaxed and not overexerted.
Start implementing these running tips into your journey and watch yourself become the runner you’ve always wanted to be. If you experience joint discomfort, try managing it with UC-II® from InterHealth. UC-II® can help ease joint pain and provide increased flexibility and mobility.If you would like to learn more about how you can add UC-II® to your running routine, you can visit us online at http://buyinterhealth.com/ or send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope you enjoy the start of your new journey! Happy running.