Are you ready to take the next step? Maybe put your goal making skills to the test? Push yourself to the next level? And want to see results a little faster?
Maybe you are ready to put it all together and start running. Well, don't delay. spring is the perfect time to get started. Very little equipment is needed. The warmer weather outside is calling you.
Running is one of the most effective, time-efficient workouts around, but if you get off on the wrong foot, it’s hard to stay motivated and it can be easy to get discouraged. Starting and sticking with a running program doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s simply a matter of doing the right things at the right time.
First Things First
Consult with your doctor to determine whether running is appropriate for you. Individuals who should probably bypass running in favor of walking include those with orthopedic or heart problems, or those who are currently considered obese.
Nothing can sidetrack a running program faster than sore feet or knee pain. Though they often have a hefty price tag, properly fitting running shoes can help prevent shin splints, blisters, sore muscles and sore joints. Look for light-weight shoes that breathe well and offer good arch and ankle support. You may need to consider visiting a running store or talking to a qualified professional about choosing the right footwear for your foot.
Aside from comfortable clothing, little else is required. Once you’re suited up, simply head out your front door or take a drive to a nearby park. Grass, running tracks or dirt surfaces are more forgiving on your joints than asphalt and concrete. Above all safety first! Be sure to run where it is safe, well lit and out of the way of traffic. Lake County Forest Preserve District offers some great trails.
Here is a beginner running program from the American Council on Exercise.