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Running is one of the best forms of exercise. It is a great cardiovascular exercise that almost anyone can do. It doesn't cost much either, since all you need is a good pair of running shoes. If you are interested in running and are wondering how to begin, here are a few running tips for beginners to help get you started.
Get Motivated To Run
When you think of all the health benefits that running provides, you won't need a lot of prodding to start running. It only takes a minimum of 30 minutes at least three times a week to improve your cardiovascular health, lose excess weight, and stay fit. Before you know it, you'll be joining 5K runs or even a marathon.
When starting a running routine, be sure to take it slow at first in order to avoid injuries. It's a good idea to run at your own pace and take a walking break when necessary. Gradually build up your endurance until you are able to run for 30 minutes without stopping.
Get The Necessary Running Gear
The best part about running is that you don't need a lot of gear to get started. The most important piece of running gear for beginners is a good pair of running shoes. Your shoes should fit well and provide the support and cushioning your feet need for a comfortable and injury-free run. There are different types of shoes suitable for pronators, supinators, cushioning, trail running, etc. Go to a specialty running store and have someone there help you find the perfect pair.
You will also need running apparel made of performance fabric to keep you cool/warm, dry and comfortable.
Don't Ignore Pain
Beginning runners often have sore leg muscles, especially during the first week of running. Stick with a routine and pace that helps eliminate the pain, and if the pain gets too bad be sure to stop and rest for a few days. To avoid common running injuries, be sure to wear proper footwear and comfortable clothes. Do not overdo your training.
Runners often get side stitches. To get rid of side stitches, take a deep breath and bend over at the waist while exhaling.
An important running tip for beginners is to stay hydrated and drink more water than you would normally drink. Before starting out on your run, drink a few ounces of water. A hydration belt and water bottles will allow you to carry water that you can drink on the way. Drink more water after your run.
Train With A Buddy
Running for beginners is more enjoyable if you have a buddy who can run with you. Set short-term and long-term goals and hold each other accountable. When you have a running buddy, you'll be more inclined to stick with your exercise routine.
Laura M. Turner, M.Sc., CNHP is an author, journalist and wellness mentor specializing in natural anti-aging practices and nutritional medicine. Visit her online at http://www.beauty-and-body.com/ and subscribe to the BodyTalk eZine - http://www.bodytalkezine.com/. While you're there grab her new eBook Retro-Aging and enroll in her "Take Charge Of Your Health" eCourse FREE, as well as improve your health with Nature's Healing Treasures: www.beauty-and-body.com/youngliving.
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