Posted on April 17 2023
Now that spring is here, it's the perfect time to begin a new fitness routine or to get back into jogging after a long hiatus. We at Aerobics First know that getting started is the toughest part, so we've compiled this beginner's guide to running to help you get out there this spring and summer. This guide will help you make your transition back into the running season as seamless as possible, making it useful for both novice runners and seasoned athletes wishing to rediscover their love of the sport along with the nice weather.
1. Find the Appropriate Running Footwear
(Image courtesy New Balance)
Finding the appropriate pair of shoes is the first step on the road to a successful running experience. A good fit is important for both comfort and injury prevention. Come to Aerobics First, where our knowledgeable team can help you choose the perfect pair of shoes for your workout. We'll evaluate your stride, foot structure, and running objectives, then suggest the best shoes for you. Keep in mind that the risk of injury may be reduced by replacing your running shoes every 300 to 500 kilometres.
2. Goal-Setting: Be Practical
It's important to have specific, attainable objectives in mind before you start jogging. Having a goal in mind can help you stay motivated and on track, whether that goal is to finish a 5k race or to run continuously for 30 minutes. Remember that it will take time to go somewhere, and adjust your expectations accordingly. Be patient with yourself and acknowledge your progress at each step.
3. Develop a Strategy for Running Training
Having a set strategy to follow will allow you to safely and effectively increase your running ability over time. Get started with interval training
by alternating jogging with walking. With this method, you may increase your stamina without placing undue stress on your body. As your fitness level rises, you should gradually decrease the amount of time spent walking and increase the amount of time spent jogging.
4. Be Comfortable and Relaxed
Injury avoidance and peak performance both depend on proper warming up and cooling down. Start your run with a 5-10 minute warm-up that includes a brisk walk to get your heart rate up and some dynamic stretches like leg swings and arm circles. After finishing your run, walk slowly and perform some static stretches that focus on your primary muscle groups for 5-10 minutes to cool down.
5. Take Care With Your Running Posture
An efficient runner is a healthy runner, and vice versa. As you go for a run, remember these things:
- Maintain a lofty stance and bend forward slightly at the ankles.
- Don't slouch or look down at your feet; instead, keep your head erect and eyes focused.
- Bend your elbows slightly while your arms swing freely.
- To get off the ground quickly, land on your midfoot and roll forward.
- Honor Your Physical Self
- When you embark on your running adventure, it is essential that you pay attention to your body's cues. If you're in pain, slow down or switch up your workout routine. If you ignore the discomfort, you risk more harm or chronic injury.
- Schedule in some downtime if you want to make any progress or heal from injuries
6. Maintain Your Drive To Keep Running
At the beginning, it might be difficult to maintain your motivation. To keep up your enthusiasm for running, I recommend finding a running partner, joining a local running group, or entering a race. Tell others about your success, and don't be afraid to treat yourself when you reach goals.
Running, or getting back into it after a long break, is something to look forward to. You can reach your fitness objectives in spring if you equip yourself with the correct gear, follow a well-planned workout regimen, and make it a priority to pay attention to your body. Visit our shop for professional guidance, shoe fits, and all your running requirements; the staff at Aerobics First is ready to help you every step of the way.