I can already hear collective groaning.
Yep. If you’re like me, running is something that sounds tedious and …boooring.
That’s what I thought! Until I gave it a shot. Trying to make the most out of the quarantine, I decided to join a friend for a “hike.” And what I expected to be a pleasant walk with nature, turned out to be torture.
But there was something about the discomfort that brought me back out the next day. And the day after that.
I started to pick up the pace – from a brisk walk to jogging; from jogging to running. Now, 3-4 times a week are dedicated to an hour lap around my neighborhood, with the occasional trip to a more picturesque route.
I’m used to exercising indoors, and that’s been great, but nothing can compare to billows of clean, outdoor oxygen pouring in and out of your lungs as you push yourself harder and harder.
Running is fun! And the more I look into it, the more it becomes glaringly obvious: Running can change your life.
Benefits of Running:
- Boosts your mood
- Helps you lose weight
- Improves cardiovascular fitness
- Enhances your immune system
- Can strengthen leg muscles and bones
- It’s free!
While that’s all good and great, when you jog a scenic trail surrounded by nature, beach (or trees), terrific weather, and fresh breeze, you will feel revitalized. It’s invigorating!
I’m no doctor but when you blast your senses with so much nature and your body with good fitness, your well-being will undoubtedly improve.
So, are you ready to begin?
Let’s find your starting point, beginning with the lowest intensity (or preference… not everybody wants to dash out the door at full speed).
If you’re just getting started, begin with a simple walk. You can already benefit tremendously from a simple walk. Weight loss, improved sleep, etc.
Begin at 30 mins per session.
The higher we go up this list, the more you’ll benefit. A power walk will burn more calories. Doing a 30-minute brisk walk can start the fat burning process.
Begin at 30 to 45 minutes per session.
Walking and power walking will not burn as many calories as jogging, but the low intensity is less likely to damage your joints. Jogging is when it begins feeling rigorous.
Begin at 30 minutes per session.
Learning to run properly takes time. But once you’re there, simply set a time goal, route, and off you go.
- You can try running for 2-3 minutes and then power-walking for 1 minute and repeat until you reach your target time.
- Experts also recommend 4-5 minutes of walking and 1-2 minutes of running. Keep alternating until your time goal is reached.
TIP: Get a decent pair of running shoes. Trust me, they make a big difference. Try running with the wrong shoes and you’ll be miserable.
Beginner: 20 minutes x 3 days per week.
Intermediate: 30-50 minutes x 4 days per week.
Check with your doctor before starting. Everyone is different. Please take things slow and avoid injuring yourself.
Give it a try. You won’t regret it!