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Tips for Beginner Runners

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Are you thinking about starting running as a hobby? Running is a brilliant form of exercise that can improve your physical and mental health. It also allows you to be outside and explore new places, and it can be both a social and solo hobby. Running can improve your life in many ways, but it is also an activity that is hard to get started, and many people give up before they start to reap the benefits. With this in mind, here are a few tips for beginners that will hopefully help you to overcome the common challenges and start to enjoy this great activity.

Do not worry about times & distances

When you are just getting started, try to forget about running certain distances or times. Instead, simply start off by enjoying being outside, and then experiment with an approach to jogging, such as alternating between jogging and walking, making sure to catch your breath as you alternate fast and slow. This is the best way to build a base fitness level and stop you from getting disheartened when you hear about people running much greater distances. Setting the pace that suits you, and building from there, is the best chance for success and strength.

Slow down

One of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to running is starting out too fast. This can not only be much harder to sustain, but you are also more likely to injure yourself. Instead, slow right down, and you should notice that you can jog much further and for longer. Over time, you can then start to increase your speed.

Wear contacts

If you wear glasses, you will find it best to switch to sports contacts for when you are running. You do not want to be worrying about dropping and breaking your glasses while out jogging, but you also need to make sure that you have good visibility to avoid an accident. Sports contacts are ideal for running and will help you to maintain good visibility without constantly worrying about dropping your glasses.

Give yourself time to recover

When you first start, you might want to run every day, but this can often lead to an injury that will set you back. Instead, give your body time to recover, so running around 3 times a week is ideal. In-between runs, you need to let your body rest and recover, but you could also look to do another activity tocontinue building fitness and strength.

Invest in quality shoes

You need to look after your feet as a runner, and this means that you need to have high-quality shoes designed for running. This could prevent a nasty injury that could keep you out for a while, so be sure to spend time researching and find a pair of running shoes that is within your budget with good reviews.

These tips should help anyone that is looking to get started with running. Running is one of the best forms of exercise there is, but it is also famously hard to start and it is important that you know how to get started with a plan for success and build fitness safely.

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