February 11, 2014( Comments: 0 )

Running – How to get started

I thought this week I would talk about something I love doing and have been doing since I was 20 and that’s going back a while now

This week a lot of our members and my friends at The Gym Factory have been talking about running. They all seem to want to start but are feeling a bit awkward and not sure how to.

So I hope I can shed some light and help you all get started

Running will change your life, it empowers you, it releases happy hormones called endorphins and of course it will make you fitter, healthier, and burns a number of calories quicker than any other form of exercise

To get started all you need to do is Start – that simple! You don’t need to go and purchase equipment. All you need is a good pair of running shoes that fits your body type and away we go

I have seen you all running in the gym on the treadmill, but running outside on pavement or grass is totally different

Steps to get started

  • Warming up
    This is important, especially when you are starting out. Do some stretching and walking prior to heading out
  • Wear comfortable clothing
    Ensure you are wearing something that is comfortable and that you won’t overheat in. You do get warm once you get into a rhythm
  • Join a running group
    Running in a group is so much fun. You will meet new people who are trying to achieve the same goals you are. You will learn proper technique and time will go by so quickly
  • Walk/Run
    When starting out I tend to think it is better to Walk/Run until you are confident enough to run the whole way. Start out with a 5km run. Walk first 5 minutes as a warm up, then run 2 minutes, walk 3 minutes, run 3 minutes. Keep this up till you finished your 5km. Use this for the first few weeks until you get a handle on running the whole way
  • Enrol in Fun Runs
    Put your name down for some local fun runs in your area that you have been wanting to do for such a long time, but lacked the confidence to do.
  • Stop the excuses
    Most importantly stop convincing yourself you can’t do it. Everyone can run. You just go to start. HAVE FUN WITH IT


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