Preparing to Become a Runner

 

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Staying physically fit is important to your overall health and well-being. For many, running is great way to not only stay physically fit but to also give your cardiovascular system a boost. If you’ve never been a runner, you can’t simply jump into it. Doing so can literally send your body into shock and can be detrimental and even fatal.

The first step is to check with your doctor to make sure that you are physically able to begin a running and workout regimen. In order to become a runner, you have to take baby steps and work your way up. This means you are going to have to slowly train your body, heart and lungs to adapt to running. For many this may mean walking at first. You can start out on a slow walk for 30 minutes a day or set yourself up on a mile scale and start out perhaps at walking ½ a mile a day. As your body begins to adapt you’ll eventually see that you can walk farther and longer.

Once you notice that you are able to extend your walking time and length then you can begin to do what we call “power walking”. This fast pace will allow you to ease your body into eventually running. Be sure to schedule time each and every day to get a walk or a run into your day.

Expect bad days. There will be days when you don’t walk or run as far as you wanted or as fast as you wanted. You’re going to have many of these days but the thing is to not get discouraged. You want to take your time and ease your body the running world but getting back up and going even after you’ve had a setback in your program is the key.

Be sure to charge and recharge your body. Have some fruit or even an energy or protein bar about 2 hours before your walk/run. This will assist in giving you some extra fuel. In addition, be sure to take a bottle of water with you. Staying hydrated is very important.

As time goes on, you’ll begin to feel a lot better, you’ll be healthier and you’ll find a new hobby/workout that will not only make you feel good but will bring you a healthier lifestyle which means a healthier you.

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