Running101: 6 Handy Tips to Get Started

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Have you ever wanted to give running a shot but you’ve always felt that you’re just not cut out for it? Let me tell you something, running can be the most freeing sport you can get involved in. And, you also don’t have to run competitively if you don’t want to. As a professional runner, I’ve got years of experience and know how difficult it can be to get started.

In this post I will share my top tips on how to get your running shoes on and hit the road. Keep in mind that it is a process, but if you follow my steps, you should soon find your feet. Let’s get started!

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Spring into Action

If you’ve always wanted to give it a try, there really is nothing holding you back but yourself. The quickest way to get started is to do just that. No use in sitting and planning and using your time as an excuse. Make the time, and just do it! All it takes is 20 minutes a day.

Alternate Between Running and Walking

You are not going to be able to run a marathon after the first week, or even month, if you don’t follow a tried and trusted training method. While on your 20-minute run, take a break when you can’t push yourself and walk for a minute or two. Following this technique will strengthen your endurance.

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Get Down with Basics

In order to make the most of your new routine, you’ll need to follow simple methods and techniques. You have to warm up before every run, and do recovery stretches afterwards too. This will ensure your muscles remain supple and your form improves gradually over time.

Mix it Up

If you are one of those people who easily give up or feel that it’s no use in continuing, consider alternating your routes. New routes and environments make for the perfect motivation when you need that extra boost to keep you going.

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Watch Your Progress

Continue with the 20-minute run until you can run the entire distance without walking once. This means you should be able to breathe easily and feel comfortable enough to take things to the next level. Once you have reached this point, either increase your tempo, or the length of your runs.

Keep at It

I’ll be honest with you, it’s not going to be easy. You do get your good days and your bad days. One day you may run a distance in the shortest time you’ve had, and the very next day you cannot make it at all. The key is to persevere and keep at it, don’t give up!

And that’s all of them! I wish you all the best in starting out running. Let me know if my tips helped you out. If you would like to make a difference in someone else’s life, consider getting involved in Free to Run or Right to Play.

5 Health Benefits of Running That’ll Motivate you to Get Started

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A lot of people out there are aware of the health benefits of exercise, a healthy lifestyle and more importantly, running. But sometimes these benefits are just there at the back of our minds and we do not realise how running can change our lives for the better.

As a pro athlete and passionate runner, I can honestly say that I have experienced these health benefits myself. It is my mission to get as many people as possible started and living better, balanced and healthier lives.

Join me as I highlight the crucial benefits you can expect experiencing when you start running.

Keeps the Brain Active

Not only does running benefit you right now, it will do so in the long run. We all know how great and alert we feel after a 30-minute workout. Recently studies have actually proven that running can improve memory, and combat any other diseases that comes with aging.

Increases Mental Health

The runner’s high is no myth, and if you’ve run before, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Any type of exercise can have a positive effect on our mental wellbeing, in fact, studies have shown that after a 30-minute workout there is a notable increase in serotonin. Running is therefore great for those who suffer from mental illnesses like depression.

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Great for Weight Loss

Perhaps an obvious benefit and the reason why many of us start exercising, it remains a notable benefit. Not only will you burn calories and lose weight, but it will be much easier for you to maintain a healthy weight once you’ve started running. The best part is you don’t have to train for marathons to maintain a healthy weight, just a regular run will do!

Great for Joints

Contrary to popular belief, running is actually great for your knees and other joints! In fact, running can actually increase your bone mass, which means you’ll have a smaller chance of developing osteoarthritis and other age-related illnesses.

You’ll Live Longer

Did you know that any form of exercise can actually add some years to your life? Running at least 5 days a week has shown to increase the life expectancy of smokers and cancer patients. If those with health issues can expect about 2 years added to their lives, just imagine the benefits for healthy folks!

Reduces Risk of Cancer

I’m not saying that running can cure cancer, or prevent it altogether, but it definitely reduces the risk. Multiple studies conducted proved that running and regular exercise can actually reduce the risk of multiple types of cancers. It can also have a positive effect on your quality of life if you are an existing cancer patient.

Not sure where to get started? Consider joining or contributing to True Sport. Here you’ll be part of a community that promotes sport and a healthier Canada.

As you can see, there are loads of health benefits of running. You really don’t have any excuses, so get off the couch and get started today! Your family, friends and body will thank you for it. Need some more tips? Contact me with any of your running or sports questions and I’ll provide the answers and support you need.