Running for Beginners
Running is a great form of exercise for lots of different reasons; it helps you build strength, gets your heart rate pumping and releases those lovely endorphins to give you a boost of happiness and energy! Laura, our Health and Wellbeing Officer, is here to share her top tips for how beginners can start running.
Running is a wonderful exercise, but there are times that I personally find it really tough. But that’s ok! For me, there’s no feeling which compares to getting increasingly fitter, smashing my daily step target and surpassing my goals. Running is a different experience for everyone – some like to challenge themselves to beat their personal best and some enjoy going at a comfortable pace which suits their mind and body, enjoying the sensation of running rather than the thrill of competition. The important thing is finding a way to exercise which you love and feel comfortable with. If you’re a beginner, be sure to listen to your body and take it slow to begin with.
Here are my top tips for getting started:
- Follow a plan, such as the Couch to 5K plan from the NHS.
- Create a running playlist to enjoy!
- Take it slow – try running for short distances and a mixture of walking, jogging and running until you build your endurance.
- Run with a friend – this can make the experience more fun and allow you some time to socialise.
- Stretch for at least 5 minutes before and after to protect your muscles and joints.
- When you feel more confident, sign up for a race! Lots of places in Cheshire host weekly Parkruns, find your local one here.
- Raise money for a charity that’s close to your heart through running. This can help give you motivation for your runs whilst doing something wonderful.
These tips will help you remain committed and motivated, and you’ll soon see improvements to your overall physical and mental health! Remember to consult with a physician or medical professional before vigorous exercise.
We run a FREE Exercise Safely programme, where our friendly advisors will help you to create a personalised exercise plan for you to enjoy. You’ll also get free access to our Brio Leisure centres including gyms and pools. Our trained instructors will be on hand to give you extra support and advice when you come in. Visit our website to find out if you’re eligible, or give us a call on 0300 777 0033. We’re open Monday – Friday, 9am-6pm.