Lots of people ask ‘How do i get into running?’ Here are our top tips to get into running!
Getting into running can be a rewarding and healthy way to stay active and lose weight. Whether you’re a beginner or looking to restart your running routine, here are some top tips to get into running and staying motivated.
Consult with a Doctor
Before starting any new exercise program, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions or are significantly overweight, it’s essential to consult with your GP to ensure running is safe for you.
Don’t push yourself too hard at the beginning. Start with a combination of walking and jogging or running for short distances. Gradually increase the duration and intensity of your runs to avoid injury. Download a Couch to 5K app to help you with your planning and training. Joining your local Park Run is also a great way to get into running and stay motivated. They also do a junior Park Run so you can take the kids along too! Check out where your local Park Run is on their website here.
Invest in Proper Footwear
We can’t stress enough how important it is to wear the correct footwear. Visit a specialty running store to get your gait analysed and get fitted for a pair of running shoes that suit your foot type and running style. Proper footwear can prevent injuries and make your runs more comfortable. There are lots of stores that can do this for you such as Runners Need and Up And Running. We love ASICS and HOKA for running.
Warm-Up and Cool Down
Always warm up with dynamic stretches like leg swings or light jogging before you start running. After your run, cool down with static stretches to help prevent muscle stiffness. Static stretches involve holding a position for 30 seconds (or longer), for example, bending over and touching your toes is a static stretch.
Set Realistic Goals
Define your running goals, whether it’s running a certain distance, improving your speed, or simply staying consistent. Setting achievable goals will keep you motivated.
Create a Running Schedule
Plan your runs in advance and establish a regular running schedule. Consistency is key when it comes to building endurance and improving your running abilities. Remember to rest too! It is just as important to have rest days to let your muscles recover.
Mix Up Your Runs
Variety can help keep your runs interesting. Include different types of runs in your routine, such as long runs, trail runs, interval training, hill runs, and recovery runs.
Listen to Your Body
Pay attention to any discomfort or pain while running. If something doesn’t feel right, it’s essential to rest and recover to avoid injury.
It is important to stay hydrated! Drink water before, during, and after your runs to stay properly hydrated, especially on hot days or during long runs.
Join a Running Group or Find a Running Buddy
Running with others can be motivating and enjoyable. Look for local running groups or ask a friend to join you.
Consider downloading a running app and invest in a GPS watch to track your progress, set goals, and monitor your performance over time. We use the Runna app. Take a look here. We love the Garmin watch for running. Check out their entry level watches here.
Focus on Form
Proper running form can help prevent injuries and improve your efficiency. Pay attention to your posture, arm movement, and foot strike.
Running progress takes time, and you may encounter setbacks along the way. Don’t get discouraged, stay focussed and keep working towards your goals.
Rest and Recovery
Give your body time to recover by incorporating rest days into your routine. Recovery is crucial for muscle repair and injury prevention.
Celebrate your milestones, whether it’s completing your first 5K or achieving a PB (personal best) time. Recognising your progress can boost your motivation. Both Apple and Garmin give you medals for your achievements which is great for boosting your confidence and keeping you motivated.
Remember that running is a personal journey, and everyone progresses at their own pace. Enjoy the process, and don’t be too hard on yourself. Over time, you’ll likely find running to be not only a great way to lose weight and get fit but also a source of stress relief and a sense of accomplishment.
If you have any questions on our top tips to get into running, email us and we’ll be happy to help!