Tips for New Runners

Beginning a running program can be a challenge for anyone looking to exercise on a regular basis. New runners will encounter blisters, swollen joints, skin irritation from workout clothes, and overall soreness. This is in addition to trying to find the best equipment and clothing to prevent injuries. Below are some tips I wish someone had told me before I began my workout routine.

Picking a Good Sports Bra is Just as Important as Picking a Good Running Shoe

There are a lot of things you can afford to save on when buying workout gear. A sports bra is not one of them. If you’re well-off in the cleavage department, then it is super important that you have the support you need to prevent unnecessary stress on your shoulders and back. I am not particularly busty, but I found it necessary to buy a sports bra with more support. Look to pay anywhere from $40 to $50 for each bra. You’ll be glad you did.

Find a Good Run Program

The Internet is a good resource to find running programs. My personal favorite is Couch to 5K. I was able to run just over 3 miles in two months. That is a far cry from the huffing and puffing I was doing on day one. What you should look for is a program that eases you into running through interval training and that provides adequate time for maintenance and improvement.

Running on a Treadmill is Different than Running Outdoors

The main difference between running on a treadmill and running outside is that running outside SUCKS! For one thing, running outdoors always seems like you’re running hard and going nowhere fast. There’s no air conditioning and no convenient place to leave the water bottle. More importantly, running outside is tougher on your joints. Combat this by purchasing running shoes with significant padding. They might feel heavy in the beginning, but it’s worth the investment to avoid injuring your ankles or even your knees.

There is Light at the End of the Tunnel

It will get easier over time! You should plan to run at least three times per week to allow your heart, lungs, and muscles to get used to running. One of the biggest challenges when you first start out is adjusting your breathing to prevent what some like to call “tight chest syndrome.” Tight chest syndrome occurs when you begin a running program and start to use your chest muscles. It can cause inflammation of muscles and tendons between your ribs. You should be able to take some over-the-counter meds and live to fight another day.

It’s won’t be easy, but you can do it. Happy running! 

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