On the surface, beginning a running routine seems fairly simple; and it is. Running is one of the most efficient and convenient ways to stay fit. However, increasingly pounding the pavement (or treadmill) can lead to injury. Use the tips below to make sure you get started on the right foot:
Avoid being overly ambitious as you start your running training. Doing too much too soon is one of the most common ways new runners get injured. It can be tempting to push further and harder, but running experts recommend increasing your weekly mileage by no more than 10%.
Get the Right Gear
Proper-fitting running shoes reduce the risk of injury and make running more enjoyable. A good pair of socks prevents blisters and moisture-wicking clothing will help keep you cool and dry while you’re running.
Find a Friend
As with any exercise routine, having a friend along for the ride makes it a whole lot more enjoyable. A workout buddy also provides extra motivation and accountability. You’ll be less likely to skip out on your runs if you know you are meeting someone or you are working toward a goal together.
Sign up for a Race
What’s more motivating than having a goal? If you’re worried about losing track of your schedule or not being disciplined to keep running, signing up for a race might be a good option for you. You’ll continuously have something to work for and by following a training program, you’ll have a built in schedule to follow.