From weight loss to lowering blood pressure and increasing stamina, running can signficantly improve a person’s overall health. The wonderful thing about this hobby is you don’t have to have practiced your entire life – you can start today! Here are a few tips to get you on the right track if you’re new to running:
Get a Good Pair of Shoes
Your Crocs may be the most comfortable shoes you’ve ever worn, and maybe those heels make your physique irresistible, but the first step in beginning this hobby is to buy a pair of supportive shoes. Of course, you wouldn’t run in Crocs or heels, but finding the right shoes is critical to keeping you free of injuries. Great running shoes may cost between $80 and $120, but the investment is worth it. The repeated impact on your shins from running can lead to painful shin splints. Save yourself a trip to the doctor and stay healthy – make the investment. Check out this article in Runner’s World for more tips on picking the right shoes.
Make a Playlist
Some people may choose to run without music, but if you’re new to it, I suggest creating a playlist to help you push through and stay motivated. Typically, you want to find songs that are fast-paced, energetic and uplifting. Apps like 8tracks, which is available in the App Store and on Google Play, can be a huge help because other users create playlists and share them. You can search based upon activity, like “running” for instance, or by song, artist or genre.
Start a routine with a friend or your significant other. Staying dedicated to anything, whether it’s a diet, workout routine or another commitment, is much easier when you have the support of others. Not only does this make the activity more fun, it also helps you push each other and strive for improvement. Generally, the running community is friendly. Head to your local metro park and jog along the trail. I bet someone you pass will smile, wave or say “hi.” People who run are typically happy and enjoy seeing others with the same passion.
Running: There’s an App for That
Just like almost everything else in life, there’s an app for running. Actually, there are many apps for running. Run Keeper, Map My Run and Get Running are a few really good ones, but there are countless others. These apps are a great way to visualize your goal, share your progress with friends and keep track of how much you’ve done each week. Setting goals for yourself can help you achieve the results you’re looking for.
Spoiler alert: You’re going to sweat when you run. If you’re like me, you’ll be soaked when the run is finished. This can be a good thing, because sweating helps rid your body of toxins and can improve complexion, but you lose electrolytes. How do you monitor your hydration? You’re in luck – check your urine. According to Runner’s World, simply noting the color or urine can be an indicator of hydration. Generally, darker colored urine is an indicator of dehydration. As for the electrolytes, you can regain those through Gatorade, Powerade or even Pedialyte. There are many other sports drinks out there, so find one you like and stock up.