Stumbled upon this great website, WELL+GOOD, and I got inspired to write an article.
Before I present my info, look how wonderful writes Alison Feller! This article of hers inspired me, and I’m going to present a part of it here.
“New runners should start slow and gradually increase their distance. Even if you’re a regular on the Pilates Reformer or you cozy up to the barre more than you hit happy hour, running is a different beast—and it can beat up your body in a totally new way. So Johnson says it’s crucial to start slowly to avoid injury.” — Alison Feller
“Runners who want to build endurance must up their mileage. Whether you’ve signed up for a half-marathon or you just want to be able to hang with your friends for weekend runs, the key is to spend more time on your feet.” — Alison Feller
“If you’re training for a marathon, the quality of your run matters more than the distance. Just like every body is different, every marathon training plan is unique.” — Alison Feller
These are the tips I like. I also recommend reading more of her articles and the other great articles on this wonderful website.
Now, back to running!
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A few years ago I decided to take fitness seriously as the benefits included relieving stress and anxiety, which at the time was becoming an issue in my personal life. I began running. At first, this was extremely hard going only being able to run for about five minutes at any one time.
I decided the best route to take was to write down my distances and time and log these for reference; a routine then developed in my running and before long I was up to twenty minutes in a session. I then made significant progress in the following months as part of a personal goal objective and quickly made an average of forty minutes running in a session.
What I found as a result of this exercise was that I felt so much better in myself, my stress levels reduced and my anxiety dropped considerably.
I also found that running first thing in the morning made me feel good for the rest of the day, it is documented that early morning runs are the best time to burn fat as you run on an empty stomach and the body uses fat as fuel.
When I run in the morning, I find this clears my head for the rest of the day, any bad feelings are gone by the end of the session giving me a positive outlook.
I always ensure that I complete a full stretch exercise before running, paying particular attention to the legs and thigh muscles. If you do not stretch then this could result in soreness and could tear important muscles as they have not had the time to get a good blood flow within the muscle groups.
I would recommend stretching every day even on the days when you don’t run, as this will prevent fatigue and soreness, which is very important. It is also very important to refuel the body with good quality carbohydrates within the hour after the exercise, as this will give the body the required nutrients and energy.
I would strongly recommend running as an exercise which benefits the body as well as the mind.
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