Beginner Running Tips to Get You In Shape

February 7th, 2015 | by

If you’re thinking about taking up running either to get in shape or run a road race, there are some valuable beginner running tips that you should be aware of.  Running is great exercise and can benefit you physically, as well as mentally. In fact, many runners will tell you that they just feel so much happier when they get in from a run. Of course, some of that is because when we exercise, endorphins are released in the body, which tend to make us feel happier.

As you embark on your running journey, keep these beginner running tips in mind:

  1. Purchase comfortable running shoes. When you begin running, you want to be sure that you have a good pair of running shoes that will give your feet the support they need.  If you skimp on shoes, you could end up with sort feet or an injury.  If you’re not sure what type of running shoe to purchase, simply visit an athletic or shoe store and let the clerk know what you are seeking and they should be able to help you out.
  2. Take time to stretch. It is important that you stretch your leg muscles before you get out there and run. It doesn’t require a lot of time: five or ten minutes will suffice.  By stretching, you are loosening up your muscles and this reduces your chances of straining or pulling a muscle. Also, you will experience less soreness the following day if you stretch before and after you run.
  3. Warm up. Don’t get out there and go full force right off the bat.  Begin slow and take time to warm your muscles.  Begin by walking at a brisk pace before you start running. Also, as a beginner, it is advised that you jog some and then walk some. This eases you into running and helps you to build endurance. The more you get out there, the less walking you will need to do.
  4. Drink lots of water. When you run, you sweat, so be sure that you drink water before and after your run. If you’re running long distance, you can take a water bottle with you to hydrate while you’re running.
  5. Get some hills in. Running on flat surfaces are great, but run some hills every once in a while to change things up and get a more intense workout.  If you’re planning on running a race, getting some hills in is great practice, as many races include hills.

Running is simply great exercise, so if you’re ready to start your life as a runner, keep these running tips in mind. You certainly don’t want to strain or injure your muscles, so be wise each time you’re out there.  Also, take a couple of days off each week to give your muscles time to recuperate.  Your body will require some time to build itself back up.

Enjoy the journey!