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How To Start Running For Beginners

Running for Beginners

1. Gear Up:

  • Running Shoes: Invest in a good pair of running shoes that provide proper support and cushioning. Comfort is key!
  • Comfortable Clothing: Wear moisture-wicking fabrics to keep you cool and dry.
  • Running Watch: Consider using a running watch to track your pace, heart rate and progress.

2. Start Slowly:

  • Walk-Run Method: Begin with a combination of walking and running. For example, run for a minute, then walk for two minutes. Gradually increase your running intervals as you build endurance.
  • Listen To Your Body: Pay attention to any discomfort or pain. It’s normal to feel a bit challenged but avoid pushing yourself too hard initially.

3. Set Realistic Goals:

  • Distance: Start with shorter distances, like a mile or two. As you get comfortable, gradually increase the distance.
  • Frequency: Aim for 2-3 runs per week. Consistency matters more than intensity at this stage.

4. Proper Technique:

  • Posture: Maintain an upright posture with relaxed shoulders.
  • Stride: Take short, controlled strides to reduce impact.
  • Midfoot Landing: Land on the middle of your foot, not your heel.

5. Warm Up & Cool Down:

  • Dynamic Warm-Up: Prioritise dynamic stretches to prepare your muscles.
  • Cool Down: After your run, stretch your calves, hamstrings and quadriceps.

6. Hydrate & Fuel:

  • Stay Hydrated: Drink water before, during and after your run.
  • Pre-Run Snack: Have a light snack (Like a banana) 30 minutes before running.

7. Enjoy The Process:

  • Mindset: Embrace running as a journey, not a race. Celebrate small victories along the way.
  • Explore: Vary your routes to keep things interesting.

Remember, consistency and patience are key when it comes to running for beginners. Celebrate each run, no matter how short and gradually build up your endurance. To find out more about running for beginners, please feel free to contact us today at David Jones Personal Training or call us on 07485 191 790.