Let’s Start Running

Running is not only practical, it is also the easiest, cheapest way to get healthy and in shape.  Running, as a cardio exercise can benefit anyone – young or old. That is why running along with brisk walking continues to be popular with sports buffs everywhere.

Imagine, you do not have to sign up for a gym, nor do you need to purchase expensive equipment to enjoy running. Plus you get to enjoy the quiet joys of nature while breathing in cool crisp air while clearing your mind at the same time. Some testify that running is the best way to squeeze healthy exercise into a busy schedule.

The beauty of running and walking is that you have to do it anyway, especially walking.  Running, however, is more strenuous and if done properly, a more effective exercise. Unfortunately, there are right ways and wrong ways to run.  While anyone can start a ‘regimen’ on their own, proper knowledge is beneficial in maximizing the benefits and minimizing the chances of getting injured.

If you do get injured, it could only mean time away from exercise. So as much as possible you will want to run the right way so you don”t get injured.

When starting a running regimen, one of the first things to consider are your goals:

·    What do you want to accomplish?
·    Are you running to increase endurance
·    Are you running to burn calories?
·    Build stronger muscles?
·    Get a healthy heart?

The way you run and the amount of time you spend running will all depend your goals. If you plan to increase endurance, you will have to put in a lot of time running, plus you will have to gradually increase the pace and the time spent jogging. For that purpose, it wouldn”t be abnormal to be running about 5k a day – especially if you are an athlete. You will probably also have to push the pace towards a full run at the end. If you want to burn calories you will need to run regularly but at a measured pace so that your exercise remains aerobic and not anaerobic.

Aerobic means that the exercise involves oxygen. Running a measured pace – somewhere faster than a slow jog and slower than a full run – is safely aerobic.  If you push towards hard running, it