Many people who haven’t run think it is a straightforward activity. Simply place one foot in front of the other and repeat rapidly. But they are jolted to see the opposite when they actually hop on a treadmill or hit the road and start running. Then they have the doubts like – Was that a good idea? Should I walk instead?
The fitness gurus answer by saying that running burns calories, improves your heart and lungs and release feel good endorphins. However, they also caution that running takes a toll on the body and may cause injury if not done properly. This post and its second part guides how to do running correctly without injuries and build endurance, muscular strength and burn calories.
Here’s the correct method to begin:
Supposing that you’ve never run it does not matter since the right way to start running is to start walking first . Try not to rush this habituating stage. One of the greatest errors new sprinters make is believing that all cardio is the same. That if you’ve boosted your heart and lungs with one activity, you’ll have the stamina to hop right in to another.
The gurus say bit by bit build up to 30 minutes of brisk walking four times a week. Anyone can achieve this goal in two weeks. Then you can begin “run-walking,”. Do five minutes running followed by 1 minute walking, for a total of 30 minutes. Redo this routine 4 times a week.
After a couple of weeks you will start feeling good with this form of run and walk. If it’s so you can increase the running time to 9 minutes followed by a 1 minute walk. Optionally if your body allows you may move to 30 minutes of nonstop running.
Here I will end the post. I will explain about how to go further in the second part of – Starting Up to Running.