There are so many benefits to running regularly, and anyone can do it – but getting started is often the most difficult part.
This short guide offers some simple advice on how to get started, whilst highlighting several key benefits running can provide:
Running is for everyone
Start off by reminding yourself that everyone can run. You don’t have to be a particular age, size or come from a specific background. No matter how long it’s been since you ran last, or even if you never have, you’ll find yourself surprised by how quickly you’ll start to improve, and how much healthier you’ll feel from day one.
Not only does running bring a wide range of physical health benefits, cutting your risk of cancers, type 2 diabetes, and lowering your blood pressure, to name a few, but running has massive mental health benefits, too.
Make a plan
Running is one of the simplest forms of exercise, so you might be wondering why making a plan is important. Creating and following a realistic routine will ensure that you’re not pushing yourself too hard or that you will risk hurting yourself, whilst helping you steadily improve.
There are lots of free online programmes you can find that will guide you through those initial few runs, so be sure to check them out before jumping in headfirst.
Make it a social activity
The beauty of running is that it can be done anywhere, making it a lot easier to turn into a social activity. Whether you’re planning on joining a gym, investing in treadmills and running machines for your home, or just going to hit the pavement, invite some friends along with you.
Having somebody else with you will help to keep you accountable, and will make it seem less like hard work with a well-earned catchup. You might find that you make some new friends while running, further enhancing your running journey.
Have the right equipment
You might be wondering what equipment you can possibly need for running. Surely all you need is a pair of trainers and some loose clothes? In some ways, this is right – strictly, you don’t need anything else. However, it is still a good idea to invest in at least one pair of good trainers.
The most important thing is that you choose shoes that are comfortable and supportive. They don’t have to be super expensive or stylish, but they do need to work for you and prevent injuries.
Treating yourself to new workout clothes is also a great incentive when you find you’re struggling. Again, this isn’t necessary by any stretch of the imagination, but if you like shopping you can view this as picking a new outfit – one that you’ll want to show off ASAP.
Closing thoughts Running is a fantastic way to improve your fitness, your relationships, your mental health, and even a new way to explore your hometown. Now you know how to get started, all that’s left to do is do it! Get out there, and soon you’ll be experiencing the runner’s high for yourself.
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