Feeling bloated after last night’s pig out with friends? Are you trying to fit in the dress that you want to wear for an event? Or just gunning to lose a few pounds for a better physique and health?
There is nothing a good run can’t fix.
However, not everyone is equipped with the knowledge on how to run efficiently, nor afford a membership in the gym. But the good news is, running is for free!
Equip yourself with knowledge as we give you some easy-to-understand beginner tips. You don’t have to run as fast as Usain Bolt, but you sure can start from here.
Get Sufficient Sleep
Running on little to no sleep can lead to serious complications like fatigue, grogginess, and nausea.
Staying awake requires energy that could be spent on running instead.
Getting 8 to 9 hours of sleep will make you feel refreshed and energized. It will give you the boost and stimulus to run better and keep those fats burning.
During your run, it’s common to lose a significant amount of water in your body through sweating.
Dehydration can lead to dizziness, fatigue, and seizures.
Sports drinks like Gatorade and Powerade are some of the recommended drinks to replace the vital electrolytes that we lose during the exercise, however they are not all they seem!
Electrolytes play a significant role in maintaining and regulating the water level in our body, therefore replacing them is necessary.
Invest On Proper Sportswear
Running sportswear affects your running performance.
Comfort is of utmost importance when considering your sports attire. Technical fabric is recommended because it is breathable and lightweight.
Meanwhile, wearing cotton clothes and socks is not advisable because cotton may cause chafing and blisters.
Invest in clothes and shoes that make you feel comfortable and make you perform better.
Do Proper Warm-ups And Stretching Before And After The Run
Warm up your body muscles before heading out on the run.
This will aid in preparing your body and increase your heart rate, blood circulation, and flexibility.
Lack of proper warm-up and stretching can lead to serious injuries like hamstring strains, Achilles Tendinitis, Runner’s knee, etc. 5-10 minutes of warm-ups and stretching must be performed before and after the run.
Challenge Yourself And Set Goals
New day, new challenge.
Challenge yourself and do things that you haven’t done before. Test your limit because you won’t know your capacity if you don’t start actually to get things done.
Lay out realistic and achievable goals and see to it that you achieve them because no one is stopping you but yourself.
Repetitive and stagnant exercise routines may cause your body to hit a plateau.
This means that after losing weight, your body gets used to your activities and stops losing weight.
Most people give up after reaching a plateau, not fully aware that this could be avoided.
You can avoid plateau by stepping up your game and adding some twists to your workout routine.
Have Fun And Keep Yourself Motivated
Forcing yourself and doing things that you don’t like will result in a bad performance.
Make sure that you love what you are doing and know that this is part of the process that could change your life.
Doing this will make you look not only good but also feel good. Motivate yourself because hard work pays off.
Give your body time to rest and recover after following exercises.
Strained muscles won’t make you perform well or run efficiently. Rest days are essential part of the process because just like machines, our body got tired and worn out too.
If you push your body to the limit, your muscles may suffer, and this could lead to serious injuries.
Doing these exercises will be all for naught if you don’t have a proper diet.
Running even 10 miles won’t give you good results if you still binge eat massive amounts of junk food or drinking alcoholic beverages on a daily basis.
For some, having a proper diet is harder than working out. But these two should go hand in hand if you want to see positive results.
Never Give Up, Keeping Running!
Initially, you may lose hope for not losing as much weight as you planned to. But never give up!
Winners don’t quit.
Just take one step at a time. And if you fail, do it again and come back better, stronger and faster. Just keeping running!
Now, if you’ve come to master all of these, you may very well be all set to go further or even try more intense exercises such as the famous HIIT.
To wrap things up, running can give life-changing benefits, but we must not neglect our bodies’ basic needs.
We aim for a better physique and lifestyle but by not taking care of our bodies in achieving these defeats the purpose.
We should start by instilling discipline within ourselves.
Emily is founder of BodyShape101.com, a blog where she and her associates talk about exercise, fitness, and yoga. Their aim is to help people like you to achieve perfect body. BodyShape101 is concentrated on exercise & fitness tips, and making the most out of it. She is also a mother of one and she tries to find balance between her passion and her biggest joy in life.