The following are some tips from a non-runner who wants to get started with running:
1) Start off slow!
2) Don’t try too hard at first.
Just walk around the block or two, then gradually increase your speed until you’re comfortable enough to jog a little bit. You’ll be surprised how fast you can do that if you just keep going slowly.
3) Try to avoid hills.
They make running very difficult because they put extra strain on your legs. Instead, climb up and over them. If you have trouble climbing stairs, jump down and go up instead.
4) Once you’ve gotten the hang of walking around the block or two, start jogging a little bit.
Then gradually increase your speed until you’re comfortable enough to jog a little bit again. Keep doing this until you feel like you’ve got the hang of it.
5) When you’re ready to run, don’t rush into it.
Slow down and enjoy yourself! You’ll be surprised how quickly you pick up the pace if you stick with it.
This is an accurate and detailed assessment of how to start running when out of shape. It explains more about learning to run on a treadmill. You can find more about how long does it take to learn to run in this article. In addition, this is a good resource concerning what to wear when running outside. If you’re a non-runner, this is a good starting point.
Good luck with your running endeavors. The community hopes you accomplish all of your goals!
Thanks to the community support, I’ve started running! It’s been a week and I’m half a mile away from my house. This is great success! I just have to keep it up and in a couple of weeks I’ll have this running thing down!
…but something doesn’t feel right…I feel like I’m being followed…
I’m out of shape, and I don’t have any energy left. I can’t go on…I need to stop running…
I’ve pushed myself too hard.
What was I thinking?
I sit down and start crying. At this point, I’ll never become a runner!
Suddenly, a figure approaches me…
Hey, are you OK?”
asks the figure.
It’s a police officer.
He tells me it’s dangerous to be out here at night. He says I should go home before something bad happens to me.
I agree and walk towards my house. In the distance, I see another figure…
“Thanks for saving me,” I tell the officer as I turn around.
It’s too dark to make out his face, but he smiles at me.
“No problem,” the officer says. “Run home safe now.”
“I will, bye!”
After waving goodbye to the officer, I start jogging back home. It’s pitch black outside and will be hard to see anything moving in the shadows. I have to be extra careful on my way home.
I’m not sure what I would’ve done if that officer didn’t come…but I’m glad he was there to help me. Running sometimes feels scary, but I know deep down it’s a good way for me to get in shape and stay healthy. I’ll just have to stick with it!
Thanks for all your support, everyone! It means a lot to me!
I’ll post another update soon.
Runners of the world, today is a good day. Not only has Olivia taken her health into her own hands and begun running to improve her life, but she’s also faced her fears and continued to push herself. Good job, Olivia! That’s what FRHQ is all about.
If you’re new here, first of all: welcome to the site! We’re glad to have you and encourage you to post an introduction so we can get to know you.
If you’re not new here, then don’t be shy! Go ahead and give Olivia a comment or like to congratulate her on her progress. Comments and encouragement from the community are what keep our runners going.
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Colitis‐induced oxidative damage of the colon and skeletal muscle is ameliorated by regular exercise in rats: the anxiolytic role of exercise by V Ziegel, L Grossberger – 1978 – MacMillan
Spontaneous running wheel improves cognitive functions of mouse associated with miRNA expressional alteration in hippocampus following traumatic brain injury by Ö Kasımay, E Güzel, A Gemici, A Abdyli… – Experimental …, 2006 – Wiley Online Library