Where do I begin… Tips on How to Start Running, for People who Hate Running
There are all types of exercise routines and fitness strategies out there, but nothing beats a long run on a beautiful fall day. But what if you HATE running? Running is one of the original and most accessible forms of exercise but to many people, it’s miserable. So, if you are someone who wants the health benefits of running but hate running, here are some tips for you.
Proper breathing is extremely important for a successful run. I’m not talking about the normal breathing your body does without thinking about it, I’m talking about persistent, focused inhales and exhales that require concentration and prevent side cramps. A great breathing technique to follow is a two second inhale every two steps then two second exhale the next two steps. You are either inhaling or exhaling every time your foot hits the ground. Utilizing this technique will create a consistent rhythm for your run and help prevent your sides from cramping.
The position of your body is also important if you want to run properly. Running is a whole-body exercise because you are not just moving your legs but also your arms, back, and core. You should try to maintain a “balanced forward” posture where your looking forward and you lean into the run without actually bending in the waist. Your arms should pump in short compact movement and match to the speed of your legs. Your feet should land softly and not land past the knee. A good way to see if you are running properly is to count your steps per minute. You should try to stay within 170-180 steps per minute.
How you recover after a run helps you prepare for your next run. Whether it was a short couple of sprints or a 3-mile run, you should drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration and to help in muscle recovery. Muscles that are going through recovery tend to be sore. Applying a small amount of Zim’s Max-Freeze to the area that is sore will provide lasting cooling relief while your body recovers.
If you are determined, follow these tips, and remain consistent, you can find that running on a beautiful fall day can be rather peaceful, instead of painful.
Trying to start a new fitness journey, or getting back on track with one, can be a little overwhelming. You have to ask yourself a lot of questions and find out where to start and how you plan to stick to it. Here are three questions you should ask yourself before you start your fitness journey.
Why are you doing this?
First thing to ask yourself is why. Why have you decided to start this new journey? Is it for yourself? Are you stressed and need way to relax and let out some steam? Do you have a big vacation coming up and you want to look amazing in a new bathing suit? Or is this for your family? Are you wanting to make your health a number one priority, so you can stick around for the ones you love? Whatever your reason may be, keep it in the front of you mind so whenever you want to just give up, you can remind yourself why you started in the first place.
What are your goals?
This one is important because a lot of people want something to measure and they want to see an end in sight. Once you have found out your “why” you can set your goal and keep track of your progress. Take measurements before you start, whether that is inches, pounds, or your cholesterol numbers, and keep track of your progress throughout your journey. Once you have reached your goal, set another one and eventually your fitness journey will turn into a healthy lifestyle.
What do you need?
There are a lot of things out there that can assist you in your new fitness journey. Exercise equipment, cookbooks, and supplements are all things that can help you reach your goals, but don’t let them overwhelm you. There are all types of gyms out there that offer different styles of exercise. The best thing for you to do is find one close to home or work that has all the equipment you need without breaking the bank. If you are going to do at home workouts, there are plenty of apps that will demonstrate workout routines that require no equipment at all. Pinterest has thousands of healthy recipes and workouts for all fitness types that are completely free. As for supplements, they require a little more research to find out exactly what you want. There are products that rage from dietary supplements to pain relief.
Exercise is the process of breaking down and rebuilding your muscles, so they rebuild and become stronger. However, muscles tend to let you know that they’re rebuilding by being sore! Our Zim’s™ Max-Freeze offers long lasting cooling relief after a good workout and is perfect for workout related soreness. Finding a good way to reduce sourness is a great way to keep you on your fitness journey.
Altogether, starting a new fitness journey can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to. You take it one step at a time and find what works for you. Keep yourself accountable and find a fitness routine you enjoy. Road bumps will get in your way but don’t let them stop you. Find ways around them and soon your journey will become a lifestyle.