With the exception of soccer, running is the top sport in the world that people participate in. It’s a great way to get in shape, stay in shape and stay healthier overall. Beginning a running program is also easy – but you still need to consider some things to make sure that you are getting started correctly. You need to make sure that you are healthy enough to begin running, make sure that you buy the correct shoe for your foot type and begin slowly.
Before you begin any exercise program you need to get a physical exam from your doctor. This is especially true with running. If you have not been doing anything physical for over a year, you are over 65, or if you currently have any type if heart trouble – seeing your doctor before you begin is crucial. Schedule a physical with your doctor and let him know that you are planning on starting a running program. He will let you know if you currently have any problems that may be affected.
There are 3 basic foot types. You may have low arches, medium (normal) arches or high arches. You can determine what type you have by wetting your foot and then stepping on a piece of cardboard. Look at the outline and you can tell what your foot type is. Once you know this, you want to go to a reputable running store and talk with one of the sales people. They will help you choose the correct type of shoe for your foot type. This is extremely important – as wearing the correct shoes for your foot type will help keep you running without injury.
Once you start running, you want to make sure that you start out slowly. If you haven’t done any sort of exercise for a while, you don’t have the endurance or fitness built up yet. You are setting yourself up for injury if you just start out running quickly and too many miles. Running too far, too soon is one of the major reasons beginning runners get injured and then stop running. Measure out a mile and start by running and walking until you can run your whole mile without stopping.
Another great suggestion is for you to find a running partner. A running partner does not necessarily have to be a person. Have you ever thought about taking your dog with you for a run? Many people do not even consider their pets as a running partner. You may have overlooked taking your dog with you but this could be a great idea. A dog will help to take the pressure off of you to run for a certain distance or a certain pace also. A dog may also help you stay motivated because you’ll be letting it down if you do not take it out each day. It will be a great idea to not only help you get in better shape, but also help your dog to get in better.
Running is great for you and can keep you healthy for life. It’s also a sport that the whole family can participate in together. You just want to make sure that you take precautions to start out right.