If you’ve ever wondered how to become a runner, you’re not alone.
It’s very easy to look at runners and think they’re somehow different to us; that they were simply born super fit – this is definitely how I’ve felt in the past.
However, with a little work and determination, you too can become a runner.
One the problems some face, is that they believe they’re too overweight, or unfit to run.
But the fact is, learning how to become a runner doesn’t require that you are fit already. Apart from exceptional circumstances, anyone can participate.
The best part is that it’s completely free!
How to become a runner and why…
There are many benefits to starting and continuing a running plan, and most runners have different reasons why they do it.
Here are some of the general benefits:
- Boosts energy and mood
- Burns calories
- Helps with weight loss
- Tones and firms the body
- Provides quiet thinking time
- Can encourage better eating habits
Exercise also has the added benefit of helping prevent disease, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers. So, why not give it a go?
Before you begin running it’s important to consider your running form. This is how you hold your body as you run.
For an effective run, try to:
- Relax your upper body, pulling your abdominal muscles in tight.
- Swing your arms back and forth, rather than across the body.
- Push off from the balls of your feet.
Stretching is a particularly important part of any exercise regimen.
It helps reduce the amount of lactic acid produced by the muscles, decreases the chance of injury, and keeps the body supple.
Get into the practice of stretching 5 or 6 times each week, for short periods at a time. Ideally, you should make it a part of your exercise routine.
After a few minutes warm up (like a slow jog, or walk), do your stretches and then begin your run. Perform some stretches then when you’re finished.
Stretching examples include:
- Calf stretch
- Hamstring stretch
- Quadricep stretch
- Tricep stretch
- Yoga poses
- Pilate’s poses
I’m a firm believer in taking lifestyle changes step by step, on a consistent basis until they become habit.
Previously, when I’ve tried to run, I simply didn’t have a plan. The result? My efforts faded out after a few weeks.
Recently, I was perusing a copy of the excellent magazine Notebook (September 2007), and came across a very simple, yet easy to follow beginner’s running program.
The key to any new exercise regimen is, that it starts small and increases gradually. This is exactly what this program does, and I’m really excited to get started myself.
Continue to discover the schedule for how to become a runner in 10 weeks…
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