Almost everyone wants to look healthy and fit! The trend for the 21st Century: Be healthy; look fit. How? Try running! Here and now are some tips and principles that may help you to get in the shape you’ve been dreaming about for a long time. Did you know that just five minutes of running a day may add years to one’s life? Running could also eliminate or decrease the probability of contracting heart disease or stroke in the human body. How, really, does one–especially one who cringes at the mere thought of running–begin to like to run?
Start easy on a daily basis by walking around and then run for a minute. This is called the walk/run method. Ease into running. First walk for five minutes until you feel ready to run, then run for one minute, and go back to walking for a couple of minutes. Start over: Walk for five minutes and run for two minutes. Do this for a whole month. On the second month, start walking for five minutes and run for 10 minutes and end with a five minute walk. Be relaxed the whole time. That’s important for starters. Follow the cool, calm, and collected path to running for better fitness. Run like this two or three times per week at a relaxed pace, if you’re already in good shape from other exercise.
It is important to get some good socks and shoes and perhaps other running gear to get you running in the best direction. As reported by Rachel Bachman in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 in the Personal Journal for Health and Wellness: “Two new running-related gadgets aim to go beyond counting steps and miles to measure elements of a runner’s gait–such as cadence, foot-strike pattern and landing forces. Their inventors hope runners will use the data to spot patterns, improve performance and prevent injury.” These gadgets are called Sensoria, a sock-and-anklet combination, and RunScribe, a clip-on tracking unit. Check it out at www.Sensoriafitness.com. And the gear to track strides and foot force can be found at www.runscribe.com. These gadgets may have potential to keep one interested in running until running becomes a forever good habit. Go for whatever REV your engine!
Remember the 3 c’s: stay cool, calm, and collected while running, and do not worry about your pace. Don’t try to run a marathon immediately either. Take it nice and easy for newbies wannabes. Go at your own pace: 5 minutes walking and 2 minutes running for beginners. Focus mostly on time rather than on miles or speed.
Get set up with music–you know how and what kind of music you like. Just do it! The trend today is to use your cell phone that fits easily in your pocket and has earplugs for listening while you run. If you need help, go to the Apple Store or Best Buy and ask for advice on running to music and undoubtedly an agent will get you up and running with music. This is a very good idea for music makes the running pleasurable; it is a time to tune in harmony for body and mind.
If you are running outside, try to find a park with a dirt trail because cement concrete is hard on your body. So, if possible, try to scope a place where there are not cars zooming by either–safer this way. Usually in most cities, there is a park somewhere that joggers and runners have beaten down the path. Running and jogging are very popular everywhere, so it is easy to find a place that is safe to run outside. Just look before you leap!
Also, find a good pair of running shoes at a sporting store. Buy a pair of running shoes that is on sale–invariably, running shoes go on sale for 20 percent or more off the ticket price. Always, wear good running shoes to protect your feet and good socks. So start out with running shoes and replace them every few months too.
Setting goals is a good idea. Get a notebook and chart your progress with a calendar. Formal runner’s date books can be purchased on Amazon or at any bookstore. Make it a regular date on your schedule: Run! For example, mark down running on Monday, Wednesday, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:00 a.m. before breakfast for 30 minutes. At the beginning, try to set easy goals such as “today, I’m going to start my walk/run regime for 10 minutes.” Remember the old saying: “a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.”
Go to the gym or living room floor and stretch before and after you run. Do spin classes or swimming, or dance classes or aerobic classes at the gym. These classes will help your endurance, and it is very important to stretch your muscles before and after running. It goes without saying that the more you run the more endurance you will have for other classes at the fitness center. Just try it!
Finally, remember to drink plenty of water. Don’t think about carrying a water bottle with you while running because it is best to keep the hands free for balance and to pump the run–just drink water throughout the day–60 ounces or more. Most important: eat a healthy diet always. Nutrition is important for good health and fitness, and especially, for a runner who needs nutritious fuel.
Remember in time from running which gets your heart pumping and lungs breathing vigorously, perhaps you will look and feel radiant like a sassy and colorful sunflower!