Running is a fun way to lose weight, build strength, and feel more energized. Best of all, you set the pace, so you can tailor your workout to match your goals and current fitness level. If you’re interested in starting a regular running routine, we have a few simple tips to help you get started.
Fuel Your Body
Your body needs the right fuel to power through a run. Before you hit the road, make sure you are well-hydrated and have eaten enough. Try and make sure you are eating a wholesome, balanced meal about 2 hours before you head out for your run. You’ll get the energy you need to have an enjoyable workout. After your run, be sure to refuel with healthy carbs and protein to help your body recover and build muscle.
Focus on Footwear
Running doesn’t have to be an expensive hobby, but if you are going to splurge on one thing it should be your running shoes. Quality running shoes can make a huge difference in your comfort while you run. Visit a local running store and get fitted for the right pair of shoes. Many stores will even do a gait analysis to help match you with the perfect pair.
Find the Right Gear
Once you’ve gotten your footwear sorted out, you should put together a few outfits to wear during your workouts. There are tons of different options made with advanced technical fabrics, but you can still find great gear at any budget. You’ll want to avoid cotton fabric, which can cause chafing or irritation. Find a few items in technical fabrics such as polyester or Lycra that are comfortable and don’t restrict your movement.
Run with a Friend
When you’ve just starting out with a new routine, finding motivation can sometimes be a challenge. Consider partnering up with a friend and going for runs together. Not only will you have someone to enjoy your workout with, but you’ll have some added motivation to stick to your routine.
Ease into it
During your first few runs, you might be tempted to really push yourself. However, it’s better to start simple and gradually increase the pace, distance, and intensity of your runs. It’s not uncommon to find yourself feeling very tired following your runs for the first few weeks. Don’t let this discourage you, as this is totally normal. Once you settle into your routine, your runs will get easier and you can start ramping up the intensity.
We hope these tips will help you get started with a new workout routine that you will truly enjoy. If your fitness goals include weight loss, a supplement containing 7-Keto® can provide additional support. 7-Keto® helps maintain your metabolic rate and helps you lose weight, but without caffeine-like effects. You can learn more about 7-Keto® by visiting our website, or by calling InterHealth at 1-800-783-4636.