It’s no secret that running, or jogging, has numerous health benefits, including being one of the quickest way to get a trim, tone body. It also provides fantastic benefits to your cardiovascular system, and is thought to prevent heart disease. Many people are a bit put off by the idea of running, as it seems to be much more than they can handle. In reality, if you ease into it, running is something that everybody can do and gain some benefit from. You’ll learn how in this article.
To get started, it’s important to get your body used to being up and active for a certain amount of time. The best way to do this, especially if you haven’t exercised in a while, is to simply walk. Start off on short walks of ten minutes or so. Slowly increase your time until you are walking twenty or thirty minutes without any strain or stress. Then you’ll be ready to move on to the next step.
Now you can easily walk for thirty minutes or so, it’s time to kick it up a notch. Instead of only walking, mix in a few minutes here and there with some slow jogging. Not too much at first, just a little bit. Walk for five minutes, jog for one minute. Walk for ten minutes, jog for three minutes. Keep adding more and more jogging time when your on your daily walk.The goal is to increase your jogging time, and decrease your walking time.
Now it’s time to start pure jogging. Don’t worry, you won’t be running the Boston Marathon just yet. Start off with ten minutes of straight jogging. When this becomes easy, increase your time to fifteen, twenty, and then thirty minutes. Remember to go slow, don’t worry about how fast you go. Just get to where you can jog slowly for thirty minutes without stopping.
When you’ve reached thirty minutes of jogging without stopping, you’re ready to start setting some goals. If you can, check your mileage, and get an idea of how many minutes it takes for each mile. Start to either increase your distance in thirty minutes, or do the same distance in less time. Once you can run a mile in under ten minutes, then you’re ready to start entering in 5 and 10K runs in your neighborhood. These are fantastic events that really get you motivated. If you can run a 5K in under thirty minutes, or a 10K in under an hour, then you’ve accomplished something very few people can do.
After you establish yourself as a runner, you’ll start to discover the countless benefits that running has that simply cannot be described in words. And you’ll also start collecting T-shirts from all the races you’ll be running in.
Author: George Hutton