With the closing of gyms and some public parks as a result of COVID-19, we’ve been driven to find alternative ways to exercise. Running seems like the easiest solution, but for beginners, it can be more challenging than you think!
I mean, let’s be honest here…running can be intimidating, and can sometimes feel more like a chore/hassle than anything. And guess what? You’re not alone in thinking or feeling that way. I’m right there with you. Running has never been “my thing”. But it is a really convenient alternative to the gym right now. You don’t need any equipment and you can run inside or outside. I’ve found it easiest to run early in the morning before it gets too hot, or later in the evening when the sun has started to set. But anyway….let’s get to the point. Here are some tips on how to get started!!
How To Start Running
- Start slow. Run just to get the juices flowing and try not to put too much pressure on yourself. Just getting out there and moving your body in a different way than you’re used to is such an amazing feat! It’s important to start slow so that you can figure out what feels right for you and your body.
- Don’t run for “miles.” Running for miles can make a new runner feel intimidated. Say you’re 1 mile in and starting to get tired but you’ve decided you should run 3 – you’re likely to put yourself down and feel discouraged about your new adventure. Just run for
as long as your body will allow! You’ll progress on your own, so don’t put so much pressure on yourself.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. I can’t say it enough but a rookie runner is more likely to just get motivated and head out for a run without always checking to be sure their bodies are ready to go. But it’s so important, especially during the hot months to be hydrated before your run so you don’t overheat.
- Stretch. Stretching might be the most underrated part of any exercise, but especially for running. Stretching your legs and back before and after running will keep you loose enough to get back at it the next day!
Now, take these tips and get out there! You’re at the start of a new journey so take it easy on yourself. There is so much to see and so many good tunes that will keep you coming back for more, day after day. Don’t give up on yourself, you can do it!
Put in these headphones and lace up those sneaks. It’s time to get running!
Written by GUADS student intern