Exercise has become so popular that many people have left the comfort of the sofa to go out and run. Anecdotes aside, it is important to consider some precautions before putting on your running shoes and launching onto streets and parks.
Every runner is a world. Maybe you are a beginner and your objective is to enter the art of running, or that you have been wearing out shoes for some and want to upgrade your brand. What is clear is that some basic recommendations work for all runners, regardless of their level.
- Watch your health. Not everyone can run. It is best to have a check up so as to get the green light from professional doctors, and from then on you should remain vigilant. If this is not the best exercise for you, you can always walk.
- Be consistent. Consistency is one of the keys to achieving success in many aspects of life. This also applies when the challenge is to turn running into a habit. It is important not to let it go.
- Moderate exercise. Excessive exercise is not healthy. Medical sports experts recommend that people over 35 should moderate their exercise. This will keep them in shape while enjoying the activity. A study carried out by American cardiologists has shown that intense exercise (i.e., three times a week, at a rate of 11 km an hour) is as harmful as a sedentary lifestyle.
- Hydration. Even when you are not thirsty you should sip water slowly before and after training.
- Warm up and stretch. Warming up before starting, and stretching at the end of the session does not avoid injuries, but does help to prevent them occurring. You should try to avoid lethargy and include them in your training routine.
- Resting. This allows the body to assimilate the effort made, and helps to avoid overloads and injuries.
- Be equipped. This sport does not require much equipment. With the exception of warm clothing that does not cause chafing, and good shoes, absorbing the impact of every stride is guaranteed. You should follow this advice.
- Complete your running record. With experience, you will want to improve. Alternating running with pace changes can help you to become a better runner. Don’t forget to follow regular techniques, e.g., learning to run adeptly, without practicing exercises that tone other parts of your body. If possible, take up other sports, such as cycling or swimming.
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