3 Tips to Start Running (and actually enjoy it)

More often than not, work and family life take priority over personal fitness goals, so how do you get in 30 minutes of exercise per day for 5 days a week? Running! Running is a great way to get your whole body moving, and you can do it any time and almost anywhere. How’s that for convenience?

If you’re someone who’s never been into the whole running thing, then this post is especially for you. Follow these three pointers and you’ll be up and trotting in no time:

  1. Wear running shoes: If grade school was the last time you hit a running track, you might not remember that good proper running footwear can save you a lot of pain (don’t use cross trainers to run). Avoid shin splints and nasty blisters with a decent pair of running shoes and a good pair of socks.
  2. Pre-workout nutrition: Fuel up before you hit the pavement. If you’re a morning person, try a bowl of oatmeal with a small glass of OJ or water about 30 minutes beforehand, and save the coffee for your post-run reward. If you’d rather take a jog after work, do it before dinner and grab a snack like a granola bar, some almonds or cashews, or a piece of fruit before you head out. No heartburn or stomach cramps here, thanks!
  3. Stretching: Remembering to stretch will help keep you loose, limber, and avoid mid-run cramping, as well as reduce stiffness the next morning (and we don’t mean the good kind of morning stiff, either). Keep it a feel-good session by limbering up before and after.

For many guys, the real challenge isn’t the act of running itself, but simply getting out the door. If it’s really been a while since you’ve taken on a lengthy stride, try this: jog for one minute, then walk for one minute, alternating until you’ve had your fill of fitness. You can do it!

 

Sources:
What to eat before you run. Accessed Aug. 9, 2015. http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/what-eat-your-run

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