While many people embark on New Year’s resolutions, only a few individuals actually can say on December 31st that they have successfully completely their resolution. Running is a quick and inexpensive way to help get to that target body weight. Here are a few easy ways that the beginning runner can stay committed to their goal.
1. Set reasonable goals. If you aren’t used to exercising everyday it is going to take you a while to get used to the new pace. It is recommended that your runs get incrementally more difficult throughout the year. For instance, start out with a couple of miles and work your way up a quarter mile every two weeks.
2. Don’t over exert yourself. One easy way to convince yourself that your resolution is impossible is to set lofty goals. This goes along directly with tip #1. You wouldn’t want to hurt yourself either on week 1!
3. Avoid running everyday of the week. Running everyday will actually cause harm to your body rather than help it. Give yourself at least three days of rest throughout the week, especially at the beginning of your resolution.
4. Insert strength exercises into your daily routine. Running reduces muscle mass and other exercises are key to maintain the appropriate strength for running. This also helps reduce the chance for injury.
5. Try and run faster towards the end of your runs. Attempting to increase speed during a workout routine will give you a physical boost at the end of a tiring run. It also enhances your endurance for your runs to come.
6. Find a constant breathing rate from the very beginning. Ensuring that a full breath is taken at then beginning of the run helps stave off the point at which you tire. Your body tissues are getting the appropriate amounts of oxygen throughout your run and thus don’t run out of breath as quickly.
7. Invest in a comfortable pair of shoes. It is imperative that you be able to maintain a healthy pair of feet in order to run. The appropriate footwear helps ensure reduced soreness and less stress on the body, keeping tendonitis, heel pain, and shin splints at bay. It will allow you to continue running longer and more often. When talking about your health and life’s longevity, an extra twenty dollars doesn’t seem that important. If you have flat feet like me, consider a pair of over the counter insoles for flat feet to increase your endurance and reduce the chances of injury.
8. Make sure that you keep going even if you don’t see immediate benefits. Running is an exercise that takes time to master. However, it has lasting long-term benefits. It helps raise metabolism and reduce body fat. That means all those hours not spent running you are still burning more calories than you would have otherwise. Combining all eight of these tips will most certainly have you well on your way to fulfilling your New Year’s resolution!