How to Run Like a Pro

One of the best ways to stay in shape while keeping a healthy heart, is running (or even jogging for that matter). Running gives you the best of cardio with the perfect amount of weight stress on your muscles to give you fairly well-rounded workout, all while being able to choose where you run to keep things interesting. Of course, you could opt for the treadmill route, though, it’s known that your running form is slightly different as the treadmill belt moves under you rather than you moving over it.

You can really start at any skill level, but we’re going to focus on the beginner side of things. Without further ado, lets dive right in.

First Steps

Before you even hit the ground, there’s a few things you should keep in mind. First, make sure that you’re medically capable of pushing your body. You may already know everything your body can handle, but just to be safe, consult a doctor or a physician if you’re unsure as to if you’re viable for a run. Picking out a problem early on and attending to it can make the world of difference when it comes to run safety.

Get Your Gear Set

Now don’t get us wrong, you really don’t need to spend thumping amounts of cash flexing the slickest threads in town to get a good run. What you’re going to want though, is some reliable clothing that doesn’t mind getting roughhoused. That, plus a pair of solid running shoes that you’ve worn-in will ensure that you’re not only as safe as possible, but also comfortable.

Regular Breaks Makes it

While on the run itself, it’s easy to get caught up in the adrenaline and really put your limits to the test. Try to resist the urge and instead shoot for bursts of running with a few breaks sprinkled in. Going for one long binge to get the energy out might feel good during the act, but you’ll get a lot more out of running, fitness-wise, if you take breaks in between to catch your breath and relax your muscles for a couple of minutes.

Some Quick-Fire Tips

  • Make sure you’re breathing IN with your nose and mouth together and breathing OUT with only your mouth. Controlling your breathing in this way prevents cramps.
  • Drink water at the END of your run, but take a drink break somewhere in the middle if it’s a particularly hot day.
  • Make sure you remember to stretch your muscles before AND after the workout to not only warm you up pre-run but cool you down post-run.

Now that you know a thing or two about starting off your running workouts, get out there and get sweating!

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