Running tips for beginners: A guide to man’s most natural sport.

By Shaunak Naik

Running is man’s most natural sport. It can significantly improve physical and mental health. Starting this new journey is an exciting time, and we want you to get you started on the right foot.
Here are 4 important tips for beginners in running-

1) Go for distance rather than time – slow it down, be patient, and don’t worry about your pace.

Beginning runners should start with two to four runs per week at about 20 to 30 minutes per run. You may have heard of the 10 Percent Rule, but a better way to increase your mileage is to run more every second week. This will help your body adapt to your new hobby so you don’t get hurt. Run as comfortably as possible; keep the pace easy, and stop before you’re really tired. You’ll likely be sore so you don’t want to make things too hard on yourself.

2) Invest in the right pair of running shoes.

Injury caused by uncomfortable shoes can hamper your progress in running. Investing in a quality shoe can help you to prevent foot and ankle damage. Comfort is the most important feature of a running shoe, A shoe should fit well and feel good on the foot while you are running.

3) Join a running group.

Though you should do some solo runs, there are many benefits to running with a group.
Running with a group especially when you’re a beginner is highly recommended as the experienced runners from the group can help you with your running form, training & nutrition advice & motivate you to become a better runner. Plus, running with a group of like minded people is a lot of fun & running is a sport which thrives on communities.

4) Mix in Cross Training & Strength Training to supplement your running.

Running is a full-body workout. “Your core is the control center. Through it, your arm swing influences every movement from your hips down, including step length and cadence.” In order to run tall, you need a strong, healthy, stable core. The rest of your muscles should also be in good shape so you can run light on your feet. Plus, a well-conditioned body helps prevent overuse and compensation injuries. This applies for all the body parts involved in running. “Regular strength training leads to better running performance.”

Your heart loves variety, and doing different types of sports also reduces the stress running places on your joints and spine. Plus, it keeps things from getting boring. And this helps keep your love of running alive.

As a new runner, we hope you now feel informed and empowered to start running! And if you’ve been running for a while and have some running tips for beginners, please feel free to leave them in the comments below.

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