Run for Fun: Running Training for Beginners
Whether the aim is to lose weight or to strengthen your immune system: running training is a whole lot more complex than it seems to be at first. In order to understand it properly you need to have had some previous experience – or simply read our tips on running training for beginners. In the end, it’s not only good for your body, it also improves your mental powers and your feeling of well-being.
For most of us, jogging is a rare chance to be truly on our own. This can be very valuable during an otherwise hectic day. Although we love our family, friends and colleagues – sometimes it’s just good to take time out to gather fresh energy and simply to be able to switch off or to just find ourselves. Running training gives you these rare chances to reflect for a moment. When the body is occupied with repetitive movements, the mind can wander freely and think things over or set new goals – boosted by an extra portion of oxygen.
Running training can also work really well as a group activity. Make a date with friends or join a running group, like the ones organized in many Holmes Place Clubs. Your motivation will thus be naturally increased. Your team will always support you and encourage you not to give in. You’ll soon be surprised by the improvements in your performance. Running training bonds people and you’re bound to make new friends in the process. The joy of success is also more intense when you can share it with others.
So why wait any longer: Here are our ten essential tips on running training for beginners:
- We should begin with a so-called “WARU” (Walk - Run) technique. To begin with, or to be exact for the first four weeks, it is important not to set your sights too high, so that you can celebrate those moments of success.
- Give yourself some support by listening to music that is dynamic but not too fast, something you like listening to. This will give you extra motivation and push physical effort into the background.
- Dress comfortably. It is especially important that your shoes are not too tight, that their tread is new and that they are a good overall fit. Take advice in a sportswear shop and have your feet measured.
- Choose the perfect time of day for your running training. The best times are either early in the morning for early birds, or late afternoon, to avoid the summer heat. You should also choose safe, well-lit routes free of potential pitfalls.
- Always drink plenty of liquids! This applies equally before you go jogging, during running training and afterwards – especially in the warmer seasons.
- Take breaks. You don‘t have to cover the whole route right away! Take it nice and easy and don’t overdo it, or you’ll risk a swift burnout.
- If you have to slow to a walk now and then, try to keep up a brisk tempo to make for a smooth transition.
- Use a pedometer and a pulse monitor and take notes. This will enable you to track your progress better and drive your ambition.
- Our running calendar is also a guide to running training for beginners, which you can customize for yourself – according to times available and individual needs.
- Running is a sport that strengthens your immune system, which can also encourage and support your other sporting ambitions.
Create your own running calendar: http://issuu.com/holmesplacemag/docs/02_maghp