We all think we know how to run. After all, it’s as simple as putting one foot in front of the other isn’t it? For most of us, running is simple. For those who want to raise their performance, it is more of an art form where you can perfect your foot strike, your position and posture.
However, no matter whether you’re an absolute beginner or a race competitor, running is one of the most effective ways to burn calories and build cardiovascular endurance, it helps to increase your mental toughness too. Something we all need lately.
Running is also very easy to get into. You don’t need any fancy equipment, it’s relatively inexpensive, and you can do it almost anywhere. It’s also an activity that spans ages; it’s never too late to start running. Many people who have taken up the sport do so in their 50s, 60s, and even 70s. No one is too old. And you might just live longer if you start running. There is some evidence that people with a very high physical activity level have longer telomeres. These are the protective caps on the end of your chromosomes, and are considered one marker of biological age. Endurance exercise has been shown in studies to preserve telomere length.
If you’re new to running or just getting back into it, here’s our top tips:
Before you start
If you have not been active for a while, you may want to build your fitness levels gently. Perhaps start with regular walking, gradually increasing the length. You could also try the NHS Couch to 5K or speak to one of our Gym Instructors who will be able to create a tailored fitness plan for you.
Consistency is the key with all types of exercise to build results and increase fitness. Free up a regular slot in your week for running so you can get into a routine and stay motivated. Start small with one or two sessions per week. This can increase as your fitness and confidence grow, as can the length of your run. As a beginner, you should focus on enjoying your running. Every run will feel different and it’s important to have fun!
If weaving your way through a crowded street or along a busy road full of traffic doesn’t sound like an ideal running environment to you, try taking your workout to the treadmill. A great alternative to running outside, running on a treadmill is a smart choice if the weather is bad. But this type of running is also (usually) easier than outdoor running and can be gentler on your joints.
Our treadmills allow runners to change their pace, incline, and resistance so they can simulate outdoor running and vary their workouts. You can even connect up to a range of apps and virtual running routes so you never get bored
Take Care of your Body
Remember, running is a full-body workout. So, once you’ve done some cool down exercises, you need to ensure you rest, rest, rest afterwards to allow your muscles to repair. You also need to ensure you hydrate to replace any lost fluids.
So, get yourself some fancy new trainers and get running. Your older self will thank you for it later!
See you next week and see you on the treadmill soon!