Running for Beginners
5 Extremely Useful Tips For New Runners
If you’re new to the running game, whether you are running for a hobby or just to improve your fitness or even for stress relief, there are a few tips you should know before you lace up your running shoes, check out our top five extremely useful running tips.
Tip Number One: Short Intervals
Are you super-excited to start your running training? As a new runner, you shouldn’t plan on running the entire distance in one go. Break it down into intervals and try to keep them short at the beginning. Don’t be ashamed to walk between the intervals so you can recover a little. After some time, you can start lengthening the running sections and reducing the walking: begin by alternating between 2 minutes of jogging and 2 minutes of walking.
Tip Number Two: Don’t Run Too Fast
Your body needs to get used to the new stresses and strains of running. Many beginners start out running too fast and pay the price for this mistake within just a few minutes. Frustration, overexertion, pain or even injuries are just some of the consequences. Therefore, start running at a moderate pace, a pace where you can easily hold a conversation.
Tip Number Three: Give Your Body Recovery Time
Your first run went better than expected and your already looking to head out already, but before you do you should wait a day or two before attempting the next workout: your body needs to rest so it can recover from your first running session. Schedule your training so you run one day and rest the next.
Tip Number Four: Choose the Right Surface
Many beginners wonder what kind of surface they should be running on, however this is dependent on the workout.
- Running on pavement is ideal for fast running there is little danger of turning your ankle.
- Forest or Park Floor soft and provides excellent cushioning, however the risk of injury increases due to roots, rocks and bumps.
- Sandy Surface trains your muscles and makes you lift your feet.
- Treadmill allows you to train year round with good cushioning.
Tip Number Five: Take Care of your Body
Running is a full-body workout. In order to run tall, you need a strong, healthy, stable core. The rest of your muscles should also be in good shape, so you can run light on your feet. Plus, a well-conditioned body helps prevent overuse and compensation injuries. This applies for all the body parts involved in running – regular strength training leads to better running performance.