You can run pretty much anywhere! For this reason it is one of the best exercises and almost anyone can do it. It’s easy to get started, just get your trainers on and get outside. We know that it can feel a little daunting but just be confident in yourself and know that you can stop at any time. Running is a form of meditation so instead of focusing on being short of breath, or your legs getting a bit achey, focus on the fact that you can feel your heart beat, your out in nature where you can be free and that you are ALIVE!! 

 

1. Take it slow 

Don’t burn yourself out too quickly. A very light, moderate jogging pace is all that you need. Don’t worry about long legs sprinting past you – he’s probably training for his 5th marathon this year. Just go at it at your own pace. 

 

2. Don’t push yourself 

For your first run, don’t set out to run for 45 minutes non stop. It’s not going to happen and you’re more than likely setting yourself up for failure. Decide to run for 5 – 10 minutes. Run round the park once (if it’s Victoria park, choose a section to run around). Do that same run for a couple of days then increase by another 5 minutes. You really don’t want to injure yourself and so going easy is important ! 

 

3. Track your run 

A fit and healthy body doesn’t just come overnight. It’s important to track your runs so that you can see your progress and stay motivated ! You will slowly begin to see that your time drops and the speed of your run increasing. Keep your mind on the positives & you’ll be smiling all the way. 

 

4. Find your style 

Do you like running with friends? Do you prefer to be in the gym? Headphones on? Headphones off?  Find what works for you and you will enjoy your runs … even the difficult ones a lot more! 

 

5.  S T R E T C H ! 

If there’s anything you’re going to take from this, please listen to this!! 

S T R E T C H  Y O U R  B O D Y ! 

Running will feel like the devil if you are bed bound for the week because you can’t walk properly. Give your calfs, hamstrings, quads and back a good stretch out as soon as you finish running. 

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