Let’s face it. Running’s hard if you’re not built for it. And because I’ve only just started running again, I need to slow it down a bit.
So if you’re like me and are keen to get lean, and running fit you need to be aware that the first few training sessions are going to be slow. Really slow.
Finding it hard to start running?
When your body isn’t used to a certain type of exercise you need to condition it. Your feet aren’t use to the impact, and your legs aren’t coordinated.
So how do you start?
Power walking and really really slow jogging.
By doing this you are slowly easing yourself into the physicality of it whilst slowly increasing fitness.
This morning I went on the treadmill going 3 minutes fast power walk, and then 3 minutes shuffling repeatedly until I reach the 20 minute mark.
Starting with power walking first gets your blood circulating and warms up the joints in your legs and then once you’re in the shuffling minutes you’re increasing bone density and strengthening joints and muscles in your feet and legs. Try to keep good form by not bouncing up and down too much, relaxing your shoulders, and leaning forward and letting your legs catch up behind you.
Remember start slow. We don’t want any injuries!
If you’re struggling motivation wise, try running in the bush. Breathing in fresh air on a cool morning surround by trees really gets me moving .
Alternatively, take a dog! They motivate and distract you whilst being super cute!
Overall, my most important tip is to listen to your body. If you’re feeling stress or strain in your feet or calves slow down or stop. Simple as that!
Have fun with it!