Running Tips For Beginners

 runner on the beach

Words By: Margaret Galang, YMF Founder

Running can be hard when you’re first starting out, but if you’re willing to stick it out and allow your lungs and legs to build up some conditioning, you’ll soon be reaping the rewards that running has to offer. Here are some tips for new mums who want to start (or get better at) running.

Get correct running shoes.

Your shoes are the only support your body gets when you’re pounding the pavement so it’s important to get the right shoes for you. Get your feet properly analysed at your local shoe store and don’t skimp when it comes to buying running shoes! Getting the correct shoes can help you avoid injuries.

Build up gradually.

You can use either time or distance to build up your running. If using time, start off by running for say 30 seconds, then walk for 30 seconds. Gradually increase your running time and reduce your walking time. If using distance to build up your running, pick a landmark (e.g. lamppost) in the distance to try and run to before stopping to walk. As you get better, start picking landmarks that are further away.

Be consistent.

If you want to get better at running, you have to do it regularly in order to progress and see results.

Breathe regularly.

Try to maintain a regular breathing rhythm right from the start of your run so you don’t puff out so easily. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.

Ensure good running form.

Here are some good tips to perfect your running form.

 
 chart showing a correct running posture
 

Sourced from: www.shape.com/fitness/training-plans/run-faster-longer-stronger-and-injury-free

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Margaret Galang