Regular Running Or Jogging Offers Many Health Benefits
Running is a popular exercise for people of all ages and fitness abilities and it has many health benefits including:
- helping to build strong bones
- strengthen muscles
- improve cardiovascular fitness
- burns calories
- helps maintain a healthy weight.
And as many of us embark on our January health kick, running is a common starting place. However, novice runners have a high injury risk and usually end up in a physio clinic or quitting! So here is a list of tips to reduce the risk of injury and prolong your new running career:
- Invest in good running shoes.
- Get a plan- The couch to 5k running apps are a great place to start
- Warm-up – Spend at least 5 minutes doing movement stretches to get your body ready to run.
- Rest- If you are new to running, allow rest periods between sessions to allow recovery.
- Keep a training log- This is a good tool to monitor training load and progression.
- Set goals- This is a great way to stay motivated – maybe set a date to do your first park run.
- Never run through pain- This is your body’s way of telling you there is a problem.
Make it fun
You’re much more likely to keep running if you enjoy it, as with all forms of exercise. So run with a friend or in a group to make it more fun and a sociable activity you can enjoy together. This will help to motivate you to keep it up and provide some friendly competition.
If you enjoy the solitude of running alone then make sure to have a motivational pumping playlist to accompany you along the way.