How to Start a Running Routine

Running is a great form of exercise, but there’s no denying that it can be intimidating if you’re a beginner. After all, there are people out there running marathons, and some of us can barely manage a tiny fraction of that. But every one of those marathon runners started at the beginning, too – probably a lot earlier, but at the beginning all the same. So, while it can seem impossible when you’re just starting, it’s absolutely possible to find a running routine that works for you. Here are just a few tips to get you started:

 

  1. Get the right gear. Unlike a lot of types of exercise, running doesn’t require a lot of special equipment, but a good pair of running shoes is one of the most important things that you do A running store will be able to give you good advice, depending on the way you run and the measurements of your feet, which can do a lot to help prevent injuries.
  2. Start slow. A lot of people, when they first start running, make the mistake of starting off too fast. After just a little while they’re huffing and puffing and decide that running is awful and definitely not for them. Instead, it’s important to start off slow by taking walking breaks when you need them and not trying to do too much. Not only will this help prevent injury, it will also keep you from burning out early on.
  3. Set goals. And don’t be afraid to start small – even your first run around the block without stopping might be a huge accomplishment if you’re a complete beginner. Of course, you want to have bigger goals, too, but setting smaller ones is an important part of keeping your motivation up and improving. There are plenty of running plans on the internet that can help you set reasonable goals.
  4. Find a friend. Not only will it make your running more fun, it’ll also keep you accountable when the going gets tough. Having someone who’s planning on you being there to run is a great motivator when you really don’t want to get out of bed in the morning or when the thought of putting in even one more mile seems miserable.

 

The most important thing when making a running routine is to stick with it, even on the days when you wonder why you ever started. There are so many benefits of regular cardio exercise (like running) and running can also be a great stress reliever. So, lace up your shoes and get started!

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