When quarantine happened, a lot of people decided, since gyms were closed, that they wanted to give running a try for their fitness.
And that’s great. I think, safely, running is an awesome workout.
If you’ve started running during quarantine or are planning on starting soon, check out these 5 quick tips to help you out.
1. The first 10 minutes of a run sucks for everyone.
Trust me, it’s not just you. Beginner and advanced runners both take a little time to warm up to a run. Keep at it, it gets better.
2. Focus on time. Not distance.
At the start, don’t worry about going for 2-3-8 mile runs. Instead, focus on the amount of time you’re running. 5 minutes of straight running, followed by a walk. Now next time make it 6 minutes or 7.
3. Keep hydrated.
This is important before, during, and after your run. And I’m talking WATER. Gatorade isn’t needed to get started. Water does the job perfectly fine.
4. Warmup & Stretch before you start running
Getting your body loose, and even getting a sweat before going for a run is super beneficial. A couple sets of jumping jacks, high knees, etc… will help. Then stretch. Focus on your legs, lower back, and shoulders.
5. Just start.
Really. Socks on. Comfy shoes on. And go. Don’t stress miles or time splits or any thing else. Just one foot in front of the other.