9 Things To Consider Before Taking Up Running

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If you’re new to exercising and want to get started as part of your New Year goals, why not consider taking up running? 

Running is a great exercise for those that want something they can start slow with, working their way up to achieve more and more each time they run. It’s a great hobby to fit in around a busy schedule, limited only by the amount of time you have – and perhaps maybe the weather. 

With that in mind, here are 9 things to consider before taking up running as a sport:

 

Have You Done Your Research?

Before you start running it’s important you research whether or not it is the sport for you. Read blogs, watch videos and read about people’s personal experiences surrounding the sport. Once you’ve done this you will have a pretty good idea about if it’s the ideal sport for you.

What Is Your Current Fitness Level?

Although you may be taking up running to improve your fitness, your current fitness level is important as it will give you a good idea about where you need to start. If you have never run before it’s likely you’ll have to start at the very beginning, but if you have some experience running or doing other sports you may find you take to it a little easier. 

Do You Have Any Health Issues You Need To Think About?

If you have health issues that may affect your ability to run, it might be worth speaking to your doctor beforehand. Whether you have a sore knee, asthma or a past injury – they’ll be able to advise you of the best route to take when starting your new hobby. 

If you have a serious health condition, they may advise you that it’s not safe to run at all. Whilst it’s upsetting, it’s important you follow your doctor’s advice.

For a guide on using the different types of Asthma Inhaler, you can visit this link. 

Will You Run With A Buddy?

If you are planning on running with a friend, sorting this out beforehand is a great way to help put your mind at ease. Starting running can be a scary experience, so doing it with a friend could definitely help, especially if you’re feeling nervous. 

When Will You Fit It Into Your Schedule?

Although running doesn’t take up a lot of your time, it’s important it can fit into your schedule as you’ll always have an excuse to put it off including work, cleaning and spending time with your friends. Before you get started, put together a mock schedule of when you’re planning to run and it will make it seem a lot more achievable. Start small, then add in longer each week. 

Will You Use A Training Programme?

There are lots of different training programmes available when learning to run – whether you want to opt for a running club, use an app that sets goals or hire a personal trainer to help. No matter how you learn, you have to make sure it’s the best method for you. 

Will You Set Personal Goals?

When you start a new sport, a great way to keep yourself motivated is to set goals that you’d like to achieve. Whilst they don’t have to be big goals, having something small to work towards could be the difference between you making progress and you not. Try starting off by setting goals for the distance you want to run and when you’re starting to feel comfortable you can begin to add in time limits. 

There are great apps that allow you to track and record your progress, timing you as you’re out for your run.

Do You Have Everything You Need?

Before you start running it’s important you have absolutely everything you need, from high-quality running shoes to workout gear you feel comfortable running in.

Whilst it may seem expensive at first, it will make your running experience a whole lot more enjoyable. For more information on what you may need, you can visit this site here

Will It Make You Happy?

The most important thing you need to remember is that if it isn’t going to make you happy, it probably isn’t the sport for you. 

If you find that, try asking professionals about what they think the best sport for you is. They’ll be able to offer you the best possible advice based on your needs and preferences.

Have you ever considered taking up running? How did you prepare? Let me know in the comments below!

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