5 Running Tips For Beginners

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Running is a fantastic way to get in shape, lose weight, and to find better peace of mind and overall health. It's a cheap and easy way to get in shape; all you have to do is run, with little gear required. And, in as little as thirty minutes you can get a very complete cardio workout.

With all these benefits, it might be tempting to go out right now and run ten miles, right? Wrong! Before you do that, check out these five running tips for beginners. You'll have a better running experience if you do.

Tip #1 - Start small. If you've never donned a pair of running shoes and hit the pavement, then starting with a ten or even a five mile workout can quickly result in injury and frustration. Small running goals are the best way to create a successful running program.

For example, if your goal is to run three miles in thirty minutes your first goal may be to complete three miles by both walking and running. You may even walk for five minutes and run for one minute gradually increasing your running time and decreasing your walking time. Eventually you'll be running the entire three miles and then you can work on increasing your speed.

Tip #2 - Make sure you have good running shoes. Running form is one of the most important aspects of running. Improper running form leads to injuries which puts a big damper on your fitness program. The good news is that running shoes are designed to promote good running form.

If, for example, you tend to overpronate or run on the insides of your feet, which is the most common situation and is caused by feet with a low or even a normal arch, then you'd want to look for a motion control or stability shoe.

Tip #3 - Run safely. If you're running alone it's important to take a few precautions. Always tell someone where you're running and how long you'll be gone. Take your cell phone and identification with you. Run in a populated area if possible. Consider investing in a keychain pepper spray or mace. If you're running on the street, learn the traffic laws for pedestrians.

Tip #4 - Pay attention to your body. Injuries, blisters, and overuse happen. They're part of exercising. However if you take a few precautions and learn to listen to your body's signals then you're likely to avoid many of the issues runners face.

For example, blisters are caused by friction. But well-fitting shoes, moisture-wicking socks and a handy supply of first aid supplies will help prevent them or make them more bearable. See: How to Listen to Your Body's Needs

Tip #5 - Find motivation. Beginning any new fitness program can be exciting, but after a few weeks or months go by the excitement can wane. If you're able to find motivation for running then it'll keep things interesting and fun -- and that's what it's all about, right?

So, what motivates you? Are you motivated by competition? Then sign up for a race. Are you motivated by your peers? Then join a running club or run with friends. Are you energized when you listen to music? Find a small MP3 player to run with. Are you motivated by nature? Find a few good trails to run on.

There are lots of ways to make running continuously fun and interesting. Find what works for you! See: 7 Ways to Keep Your Motivation to Exercise

Running is a fantastic way to get in shape. It's good for your heart and mind and keeping these running tips for beginners in mind will help you reach your running goals.

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