Many of us don’t consider running as a key facet of our fitness routines, but the fact is that running can work wonders for your wellness quotient. But before embarking on the sport, there are some considerations to think about.
LEAVE THE WATCH AT HOME
Once a week, make it a point to go for a run without your watch or timer. Enjoy the weather, the fresh air, and the scenery. Take in the joy of pushing yourself forwards which can also help create a link between relaxation and running.
USE RUNNING AS AN EXCUSE TO SHED EXCESS WEIGHT
If you’re carrying extra weight, you will feel it when you run, and it could actually trigger joint pain and muscle soreness. Use your running sessions as an excuse to take charge of your extra weight
and work on shifting eating and lifestyle habits for the better.
EXAMINE YOUR GAIT
In case you feel particularly sore or tired after a run, make an appointment with a physiotherapist to look over any areas of weakness. They may opt to prescribe functional strength exercises that will help you prevent injury.
INVEST IN GOOD-QUALITY RUNNING SHOES
Visit a specialist sports shop and get advice on the ideal shoes for you. Remember, good quality running shoes are an investment in your
health and the better the quality, the better results you will obtain.
PARTICIPATE IN PILATES
Participating in a Pilates class on a regular basis will push you to work on the muscles that help keep you steady during runs. Pilates can also help with other forms of fitness, including cycling and swimming.
Once you have become used to running regularly, consider other types of running—hill training and off-road running use the large muscle groups while working your core strength, balance, and mental strength.