I really wanted to put together a guide to help everyone with beginning your running or walking experience. It is important to know that even if you are not actually running, the same concepts will apply if you are power walking. So I will always be referring to both and point out the difference if needed. Remember, if you are new to working out and running you may need to speak to a physician because, as much as you want to do certain exercises you may not be able to.
Every great workout and new routine begins with the proper shoes. If you are not sure if the shoe you are in is good for you, then try your best to get to the closest Running Store. Even if you think you have the proper shoe it never hurts to make sure! Jack Rabbit is a great place to go because they do a gait analysis (watching you run) and record it so that you can see exactly what is going on with your feet.
You might think that you can just wear whatever while you run/workout but the truth is dri-fit is best. When cotton gets wet it stays wet and while you are running you don’t need clothing weighing you down.
Now that you are correctly fitted let’s talk about actually running. Scheduling runs is going to be key to holding yourself accountable. Now if you want to start running to add something different to your workout routine then how long you run won’t be as important. If you are not thinking about entering races then just run when you can but if you are going to enter a race of 10k which is 6.2 miles then you may want to think about a more strict running schedule.
Cycling, weights, and even yoga are great components that you can add to the routine. Recovery is extremely important and you need to have adequate rest days. Foam rolling, stretching, and off days need to be incorporated in the routine as well, If you are a walker you want to alternate between power walking and a slower walking pace, Soon that power walking will turn into a jog, I promise you just have to keep at it.
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Try considering running/walking as an outlet and something your body needs and wants no matter how sore you may get vs a chore that you hate. Most importantly have fun and listen to your body as there is a difference from being sore and having an injury. Keep me posted with all your running activities highs and lows by using the hashtags #ccfrunners #curvychicksrun. I am the CEO of Curvy Chick Fitness and lost over 100 pounds by taking charge of my diet and exercise routine.