If you’ve thought about adding running/jogging into your workout routine, but didn’t want to do anything wrong, get hurt, be unprepared, keep reading this for my tips to help you get started.
1. Warmup Inside
This is especially big when it starts to get colder outside. Warming up before you start your run get your body loose and ready to move. Do a quick 5-10 minute warmup to get your heartrate up.
2. Stretch after your warmup
You don’t want to stretch cold muscles. Warmup, get loose, then stretch out.
When I’m running, I’ll even go maybe 1/4 mile, then stop and stretch. Focus on your whole body, not just your legs.
3. Don’t worry about tracking
There’s a ton of nice apps, and watches that can track your run. But at thw very start, I would recommend not to do any of that.
Just go out and move. See how you feel. Then after a couple times out, start tracking to make sure you’re progressing.
4. Dress for the end of your run
You don’t want to over dress, then start over heating and want to ditch all your clothes. That’s why warming up before is big.
5. Shoes and Clothes
Make sure your shoes are in shape to run in. Check the heels, soles, and insoles. Running in bad shoes can quickly lead to blisters. And no on wants that.
Also, if you can, don’t run in cotton clothing (especially underwear). Chafing is not fun!!!
Dri fit clothing and moisture wicking socks are a big plus when running
Bonus: JUST START
Seriously, just go out and move. Trust me, we are all bad at running at the start. The air hits your lungs. Being out of breath. Being out of shape….
But, just go out and start. The day 1 is the worst day. Every time out, you’ll get better.