Friday, July 30, 2010

Revitalise with a daily run!

Running is one of the best, if not the best way to improve your body.  It helps to improve the health of our heart and lungs, helps us to shed unwanted body weight, strengthens our bones and our immune systems and even improves our intelligence!

So how do we get out of bed and get going on these cool mornings?

One of the best things to do is to sign up for a race.  It doesn't have to be a marathon or half marathon (actually I would advise against those distances if you have been running less than 1 year!), just something short like a 4km or 5km fun run.  By signing up to a race it will help to make it official and give you a goal to start working towards.

The next thing you need to do is to make sure you have some proper shoes.  It is important to get a shoe that fits your foot comfortably and gives you support in the areas where you need it.  From personal experience, a proper shoe is worth it's weight in gold!.  So, instead of heading down to your local Kmart, go and see someone at your nearest running shop.  Many of them have simplified gait analysis and 'shoe fit' techniques that will help to determine what kind of shoe will be the best fit for you.

On of the most important things to do when training for any event is to work to a plan and work to your capacity.  Just because your mate might be able to run sub 5 minute kms, doesn't mean you should be able to as well....not yet anyway!  Get some guidance from a running coach or a trainer who has a background in running.  A lot of great runners started out just walking and jogging through their programs.  Just know that if you stick at it, you will improve and your body will thank you for it forever!

Get out there, get running and watch your body improve!

emit your life!

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