My first time getting into "workouts" was with running and it is something I often go back to - I used to teeter totter on an unhealthy relationship with it thinking I needed to run a million miles every single day - (phew! Thank goodness I found a way out of that!) I have been doing lots of Beachbody programs lately focusing on lifting, but lately running has been calling me back. People often ask my advice on running tips and tricks or even how to get started so I thought this would be an opportunity to give out a little guide to help get you started..or help you get back into things if you have been out of shape for a while.
Running for Cookies and a Free Running Guide to Get Back into Things after a Hiatus!
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If you are NEW to running or have been out of the game for a while first things first.
#1 CHECK YOUR SHOES. If you haven't at all before - please go to a specialty running store and get your gait analyzed. There is no better brand or style...the best brand, style etc is the one that FITS YOUR FOOT and will not cause you injury. If you are in the Fargo Moorhead area a great place to go to is Fargo Running Company! They will ensure you get the right shoe to fit your foot and that will help prevent injury. Even if your shoes are like new but HAVEN'T been used in a while they most likely have aged and have started breaking down and won't be ideal. And when you are just getting started you are SUPER prone to injury - so let's avoid that all together!
#2 Just start. You don't have to be fast. You don't have to go far. Just do it. EVERYONE starts somewhere. Don't compare yourself to others...compare you to you!
Week 1 - grab a timer, grab an interval watch or even just do the math on the treadmill and do this!
5 mins. Moderately paced walk to warm up the legs
6-10: Jog at moderate/comfortable pace for 30 seconds then follow that by walking for a minute
10-15: Jog FASTER for 30 seconds then follow that by a 1 minute walk
15-20: Cool down - YOUR choice - continue the intervals for the last 5 minutes or walk it out at a speed walking pace!
How far did you go? Keep track and see if you can go a bit farther each time!
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