Many questions arise in your mind when you are starting a new workout routine. As simple as running is, it is no exception to the case. Beginning runners stumble upon question after question as to whether they are doing their workout properly or not. Read on to find out answers to the most common questions beginning runners ask before embarking on a running regimen.
How Far, How Long, How Fast and How Often?
If you are beginning runner, we recommend that you run three or four times a week. Starting with twenty minute runs to commence your running routine is the best way to get your body in running mode. Continue running for twenty minutes on alternate days for at least three months before stepping up your workout. The key to beginning any new effort is to establish the habit.
Can I Walk and Run At The Same Time?
For beginning runner, a walk and run combination is the best way to get used to running. If you exert pressure on your body by running too much too fast, chances are you might not be able to continue your workout for long as you will develop muscular pains that will keep you away from running. Beginning runners should aim to make it easy on themselves. Walk for a minute, run for a minute or use a combination of all of these. Listen to your body and do whatever works.
Should I Breathe Through My Nose Or Mouth?
Breathe however is comfortable for you but try to take deep breaths that fill your chest completely. Here’s more information on breathing techniques for runners to point you in the right direction.
If you start to get light headed or dizzy, stop running immediately and take a rest. You may be hyperventilating, so seek medical help right away if the dizziness persists or intensifies.
Why Does Everything Hurt?
Depending on age and fitness level, beginning runners may experience sores when you first start. It should get better over the course the next two weeks. But if it is a sharp pain or a bad joint pain you should immediately see a good sports doctor and get some advice.
How Can I Run Faster, Run Longer And Not Get Tired?
Beginning runners should realize that running for fitness does not reap results overnight – You must train regularly to build your stamina and endurance. Only then will you be able to run faster and longer.
Where Do I Run?
Run wherever it is most convenient & safe for you. Beginning runners can start by running on the roads in their neighborhood and then move on to running tracks or parks. Be sure to run up the same path that you run down to subject both sides of your body to the road’s slope evenly.
Will My Lungs Freeze In The Winter?
This can be quite the perplexing thought for beginning runners. Running in the cold does not have any repercussions to your health. Runners can run in freezing temperatures without damaging their lungs. It is only a cultural myth that your lungs will freeze if you run in the cold. However, do be sure to have adequate running gear to protect yourself from the elements as you run.
Is It Important To Stretch Before Or After Running?
Stretching is a good practice before you start running and it will keep you away from developing any injuries. Beginning runners are recommended to stretch their leg muscles, particularly their hamstrings and quadriceps. Remember to always stretch on warm muscles.
What Should I Eat? Should I Pound Gatorade?
You don’t need to eat anything special other than healthy & well-balanced meals. If you are a beginning runner, nutrition should not be a concern that holds you back from running. All you need to do is just get out and run. Gatorade and Power Bars are good for power boosts but you must be careful as these contain a ton of calories and may derail your health goals if you over-indulge.
What Do I Wear?
Beginning runners should know that you do not need any special equipment for running. The best runners in the world come from countries where expensive gear isn’t emphasized. Instead, athletes lead simple lives and have simple diets.
If you feel unusual pain in your muscles and joints do not ignore it. Consult a doctor on an urgent basis and stop your running routine temporarily until you have been diagnosed by a professional. Take care of your body so that you can return to the running track day in and day out. Happy Running!