Running Tips

Some do it to lose weight, some because it’s a great stress reliever. Others do it for the runner’s high (yes it’s an actual thing!!). We can list down countless reasons why you should become a runner but not before we tell you a few things to keep in mind before you put on those running shoes.

Running can really take a toll on your lower body and back. The continuous beating of your feet can over time weaken the muscle tissues and joints in your lower body. Here’s a list of things to keep in mind before and after you’re on the track!

  1. Get in a proper warm up
    We see a lot of people skip warming up prior to running since running itself is considered a warm up activity by many. It’s absolutely essential you prepare your mind and body for the upcoming activity by warming up.
  • Start your routine with a few basic exercises like jumping jacks and windmills to gradually get your heart rate up.
  • Follow that up with dynamic stretches to help loosen up the tight muscles. We recommend a few Surya Namaskars to get started.

Start with a walk and gradually increase your pace. Do not start running from the word get go.

  1. Cool down to let the heat out
    Just like it’s a bad idea to start running upfront, you should not apply the brakes immediately once you’re done. Gradually reducing your pace and ending with a walk is the best way to start your post run cool down.
  • Perform a round of static stretches. This will help improve blood circulation and maintain general flexibility.
  1. Strength training is not just for the gym rats

Strength training will strengthen your muscles and help them stand the beating they get when you’re running. A core strengthening routine will target the muscles that are primarily used while running.

  1. Slow and steady wins the race
  • Avoid overtraining. When you’re just starting, run for not more than 3 to 4 days a week. It is important to give your muscles proper rest. Rest days are an essential part of any training regime.
  • You don’t want to break the land speed record just yet! Know your limits and increase your running speed and the distance gradually.

 

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