If the word ‘running’ brings images to your mind of your high school gym teacher wearing a scowl and yelling at you and your friends, you’re not alone.
In fact, most runners I know at one point did not enjoy running or jogging. It is often associated with hard work, and moving around in circles with little competition or social interaction. It is also often associated with quickly growing tired and fatigued, muscle soreness, pain and sweat.
So why are so many people running and jogging on a regular basis? Once you feel runner’s high or notice the effects of jogging on your overall well being, you won’t want to go back!
The good news is-running and jogging can be a wonderful hobby. It is a way to relieve stress, build cardiovascular endurance, lose unwanted body fat, and build muscle.
The bad news is-getting to the point where you actually enjoy running may take some time. In today’s society, taking time for anything may often seem like a waste of time.
Many people start running, and after 5 minutes, they realize they are quite tired and they stop to walk. One way to avoid getting tired so quickly is to simply jog slowly. Give your heart a chance to increase its rate at a pace that will not give it such a shock. Speed will come in time, it is more important to get your body in the habit of moving and get the blood flowing.
Running also requires appropriate breathing! Make sure you breathe in through your nose, out through your mouth and breathe deeply! Not getting enough oxygen will prevent your body from being able to have the workout it is capable of getting.
Breathing through your nose is also necessary in order to avoid a very dry throat, which will also make you want to stop. Chewing gum while running will also help with this.
Drinking a little water before you start your run is also helpful. Just be careful not to drink too much, or you will feel it sloshing around in your stomach and you will want to quit sooner than otherwise.
The same holds true for food, having a little in your stomach is a good idea, however; running right after a meal is not. Give your digestive system some time before making your cardiovascular system consume all your body’s energy.
Another tip for beginning runners is to run from heel to toe. This will ensure that your feet will not slam too hard on the pavement. Also, your legs will not tire as quickly when you use the heel to toe technique.
Successful running also requires pacing. Many will start too fast, instead of building up an adequate pace. You will be able to run longer at a slower pace and not tire as quickly. It helps to run on a treadmill at a comfortable pace. When you are confident at a certain speed, bump it up a notch.
Shoes are also extremely important when it comes to running. With inadequate footwear, runners set themselves up for all kinds of injuries and potential risks. Making sure that you have the right kind of shoe for your running style is essential.
There are many running shops where you can have your running style analyzed and find a pair of shoes specially designed for you. This will prevent future pain and allow your body to get the most out of a run.
In sum, try running with the right shoes and the right conditions, you may find it to be your new favorite hobby!