If you’re new to running, you may be overwhelmed by all the running information that’s available. Just try to take it one step at a time, the same way you should approach your runs! Here are seven basic tips to get you started with a running habit.
Get the Right Running Shoes
Wearing the right running shoes is the key to comfort and injury prevention. Visit a running specialty store to get fitted for the right running shoes for your foot type and running style. Also, make sure you don’t run in worn-out running shoes – they should be replaced every 300-400 miles.
Make Sure You Warm Up and Cool Down.
A good warm-up signals to your body that it will have to start working soon. By slowly raising your heart rate, the warm-up also helps minimize stress on your heart when you start your run. So you should start your runs with a brisk walk, followed by very easy jogging for a few minutes. You could also do some warm-up exercises. The cool-down allows your heart rate and blood pressure to fall gradually, so it’s important that you end your run with a slow five-minute jog or walk. Post-run is also a good time to do some stretching since your muscles are warmed-up.
Learn the Proper Upper Body Form.
Improper upper body form can lead to pain in your arms, shoulders, neck, and back. Try to keep your hands at waist level, right about where they might lightly brush your hip. Your arms should be at a 90-degree angle, with your elbows at your sides. Keep your posture straight and erect. Your head should be up, your back straight, and shoulders level. Your arms should be at your sides. Crossing your arms over your chest could make you start hunching over, which leads to inefficient breathing.