Bet you’ve said it or heard it said, “I hated running at school”. For many of us it was something you never looked forward to unless you were a natural and generally sporty. Then you left, never looked back and every time someone said do you run or do you fancy running you said, “It’s not for me”.
Running can be a lot easier than you think, even enjoyable. If you’ve never tried it, don’t let age be a barrier to giving it a go. It’s one of the few exercises we can do that cost very little, all you need is a comfortable pair of trainers and the great outdoors. Of course, you have to move too but at your own pace, a mix of walking and running is a great way to start and there are lots of plans online to help you get started:
Couch to 5k by the NHS is popular and easy to follow
Or try a website, like Active.com with a bit more information that can be useful as you progress.
Running is a great way to get fit; it helps with bone density, which is so important as we get older but also it helps with your stress levels making you feel better. If you aim to run at a conversational pace you can invite a friend along or your partner, making your run a social thing!
There’s some great news too, as well as feeling great running also helps with weight loss, people typically burn more calories running than they do swimming, cycling or anything else.
The essentials… so all you really need is a good pair of trainers, Asics and Brooks are popular brands but don’t take our word for it, we suggest you visit a running store and get some advice. Many offer a gait analysis service, which can identify the best trainer for you. Try popping into a Runners World store near you.
As you progress you will also need practical but comfortable clothing; leggings and a top are perfect and our Dust and Pine high waisted leggings will have you feeling and looking great, with a handy pocket for your phone and a sneaky jelly baby or two. Why a jelly baby? Well, these little guys are packed with just enough of a kick to pick you up mid-run, if you feel your energy levels dropping! Finish your look with one of our ‘To the Top’ workout tops, with thumbholes for extra comfort when running and a flattering fit, you’re good to go.
Don’t forget to keep hydrated too, taking on water before, during and after a run is important. We found this article useful, aim for urine that looks like light lemonade, not apple juice!
So hopefully we have helped you just a little, to give it a go and ditch that old school vibe that made you feel it wasn’t for you. Whether you are 20, 40 or 60, it’s never too late to start. If you feel unsure about your health generally check with your doctor first, you can always start by taking regular walks, see how you get on and build from there.
If you find you get the running bug, share your stories with us. There are so many groups you can get involved with from local running clubs to national initiatives like the Vitality Park Runs
Or go one step further and sign up for a charity run, with loads of options, from 5K’s to marathons.
Whatever you do, remember to ‘Just Do You’ go at your own pace and enjoy it!