Running is one of the most effective and time efficient ways to burn calories. This time of year it is especially important to squeeze in your exercise. We are short on time and we have many social engagements. A running workout may be the solution!
If you have not been running lately or are new to running, here are a few things to remember:
- Start SLOW. Many running injuries come from running too much too quickly! It is important to prepare your body to run farther distances by gradually adding distance and time.
- Get good running shoes. Go to a local running store and get fitted for the right shoe. This is important for injury prevention. I like Market Street Athlete in Ballard.
- Wear reflective clothing and/or a headlamp when running in the dark.
- Listen to your feet when you run. Stay light on your feet, the quieter the better.
- Bring or wear ID. I use RoadID. This is very helpful in the case of an emergency.
- Newbie’s should alternate jogging & walking. Seasoned runner’s can add in hills & sprint intervals. You’ll burn extra calories and strengthen your heart.
- Vary your running routes. This keeps things interesting and keeps your body guessing.
- For more individual running advice or training programs contact me for a training session. I have been running for 25 years.
If you have to get up before work and go for your run it can be challenging. Your alarm goes off early, it’s pitch black outside, and your snug in your bed. I’ve been there… alot! And I’ll be there in spirit each time you do it .
You don’t have to burden yourself running everyday. 3-4 days per week is sufficient. If you find yourself with an extra 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening, then do 2 mini runs. Add in a couple of strength training sessions on the days in between and you’ll be able to indulge in the occasional seasonal treat without guilt or the extra pounds! Running gives you the freedom to exercise almost anywhere, and it gives your body a great workout in a short amount of time.
What are you waiting for…grab your shoes and go for your run!
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