I wanted us to embark together on of my favorite hobbies: Running. I started running and completed my first marathon while working as a personal trainer for a previous company based on a dare. At first like many others may view it, seemed like a never-ending battle of starting somewhere and not getting anywhere, but after increasing mileage, and achieving faster cadence, it became an addiction. It became like therapy without a co-payment. “Where have you been all of my life?” I asked. Subsequently thereafter, it became a great sport, a great way to reach higher fitness goals and de-clutter. I must say it’s definitely not a sport meant for everyone, however for some it may be the best thing to ever happen if you allow yourself to reap the benefits of endless adrenaline rush, as the cooling effects of sweat dances off your body.
Whether it was or is on sidewalks, intense Vegas heat, hidden snowy Vermont trails or the treadmill, it is definitely worth trying out; and yes, the infamous Runners high does exist. Your legs feel like powerful pistons interchanging coordination with one another. I can continue forever and this would be a thesis instead of an article but I am sure you can tell I have a passion for it. This is not about me though; it is about you the community.
Ok so you choose to accept the mission what else is next?
I cannot put enough emphasis on this subject because this is the foundation of Running. A good pair of sneakers is so detrimental to the success of your new activity. Ok I know what you are thinking “I want to look cute and match everything” so do I but keep in mind you will be sweating, so all that cuteness will evaporate quicker than all day mascara. I would recommend researching a store around your community specializing in running and or outdoor specific type activities. A good salesperson should be able to asses the right pair for you depending on your body mechanics. Either pronation (foot turns inward), supination (foot turns outward), toe or heel walker or runner. Do not panic it’s not a test you have to study for. It is quite simple and then you should walk out with a pair that fits your needs. A subsequent tip is asking the staff as many questions as you can; they are there to help you that is their job.
If you do not have that type of store, then consider a sports store such as Modell’s, Sports Authority, or Dick’s. Keep in mind that a good pair might run you almost close to $60-200. Yes I am well aware that we are in a recession and that kind of money should be allocated to food shopping and other important necessities, however if you are a beginner runner/jogger (not a competitor) you can also get away with a multi-sport functioning sneaker which are wallet friendly. However if you see a marathon or Ironman in the horizon then I would suggest investing the money in an excellent pair. Personally, I go through sneakers like a weeks’ worth of groceries because of the intensity level so perhaps one of these days I need to start taking out loans to support this habit :-P.
What else do you need: Consider using a heart rate monitor. It is very easy to use and it keeps you in check with your intensity and comfort level. There are different ones out there and I would recommend Polar. However, do your own investigation and shop around for which works best for you and the budget. The advantage of Polar it comes with a strap that ties around the top of your waist. The watch displays your heartbeat as well as other interesting facts when working out. If you choose to opt out and buy another brand with only a watch the same information displays on certain treadmills and workout equipment. (Amazon.com) is the place to get great deals.
- Hydration: Whether you exercise or not remember to take in a lot of water. When I say hydration, I am not referring to drinking a can of caffeinated soda, WATER. Yes, it is bland but that is the only liquid you can indulge in without the guilty caloric intake. Drink water before and after you run and or exercise.
- Stretch: Ok my mission is not getting you like Gumby or Play Dough, but it is important for your muscles to warm up. Incorporate at least ten – fifteen minutes pre and post running. Your body will be thankful for giving it that extra attention.
- HAVE FUN: Try not to take yourself too seriously. I did not say all of you should run a marathon all in one shot. Try different things like jogging for a minute and alternating speed walking for two minutes for at least a thirty-minute commitment. Try not to get intimidated, start around your neighborhood, and leave the doors of ambition open to what else may come. If you find yourself bored, bring a friend; invest in an IPOD with high-energy music but DO NOT GIVE UP.
As I mentioned before running may or may not be for most of us, however if you do decide just remember you have to start somewhere. In addition, even though you may not have goals to run the London marathon, any form of exercise is detrimental to an even stronger mental platform. Good luck and I will see you on the road 🙂
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