Running…either you love it, or you don’t. It’s a great form of exercise, especially for your heart. But there are a few things to consider before getting going with a regular routine if you’re in the market for a cardio routine with such great impact.
It’s easy as 1, 2, 3!
- Start small. This is mandatory. Many people make the mistake of going guns ho in the beginning, and they get burned out or injured or discouraged within a couple of weeks. Slow your roll, Betty!
- Increase gradually. Another mandatory rule. If you don’t follow this rule, you shouldn’t even get started. It takes awhile for your muscles and tendons and ligaments and joints to adjust to the stress of running, and if you progress too rapidly, you’ll get injured. Increase but very gradually.
- If you can, get a partner. This is not really a rule but a suggestion — if you can find a reliable partner, it makes it a bit easier. But if you’re okay with going it alone, do it. Don’t make it an “all or nothing” situation.
You can start by walking 3 times a week, increasing your walking routine one day a week until you’re walking 5 days a week. Incorporate running gradually by adding short “bursts” in a walk/run routine.
Need a structured routine to follow? Try out the “Coach to 5K” program here: http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml