GET THE RIGHT KIT
Before you start, a good pair of running trainers are essential that suit your foot type which may help improve comfort. Although your gym shoes may be suitable, your Converse or Vans are not. The majority of gym trainers are generally running shoes anyway, if you’re unsure, get in touch with one of our instructors through our Health and Fitness Facebook Group. Women should also consider using a sports bra, which is sturdier than a regular bra and provides additional support. Planning your run/route helps. Following a realistic plan will help you improve faster than simply winging it. Realistic might mean not pushing yourself too fast, too soon and risking burning out.
Beginnings should start and embrace the run walk method. The run-walk method involves running for a predetermined length of time, taking a planned walk break, and repeating. The purpose of the walk break is to reduce stress on the body and mind. The target could be 10 / 15 / 20 minutes of exercise, focusing on a few minutes of running/jogging followed by a period of walking and repeat. Try to aim to do this twice a week. Increasing the length of exercise with longer runs/jogs in between each walk. You will build up to a point where walking isn’t happening in your runs for 10/ 15 / 20 minutes and can slowly build up your time of exercise.
SET YOURSELF A GOAL
Staying motivated can be hard. This is why we recommend setting yourself goals. Whatever your level, setting challenges is useful to stay motivated. Training for a race, such as a 5K, or a charity run is a good way to keep going. Find a running buddy or join a running club. Music, a good playlist can be highly motivating. Just be sure to keep the volume low or opt for open-air earphones so you’re aware of your surroundings.Track your runs which includes route, distance, time, weather conditions and how you felt. Easiest way to track this, is on an app or in a diary. Change your location. Doing the same route can be very boring. Vary your distances, pace and routes. Most importantly is to enjoy your run and remember everyone has to start somewhere.