Samia Huq: 13 December 2017: Running is one of the best cardiovascular exercises you can do for the entire body. It's great for circulation, endorphin release, stress relief, strengthening, and heart health. And if want to lose weight then running is your best option.
If you're a total newbie or a returning after a long break from running, follow these ten simple tips to becoming/returning to being a runner-
1.Don't start off too big. Start off slow and work your way up to longer distances and faster speeds. Don't even think about the pace, to begin with. As a general rule, you should run at a pace that you can maintain a conversation
2. Tune into your body along the way, it's the best coach you'll ever have.
3. Create or follow a playlist that will motivate, inspire and get the adrenaline pumping with an appropriate tempo and upbeat music. Creating a playlist that keeps you motivated could be the difference between loving and hating a run.
4. Take it outside. It's much easier to lose track of time and a great opportunity to watch the sunrise. This can have a huge impact on your overall mood and can be a great way to de-stress.
5. Maintain motivation. Running within your comfort zone creates a momentum that fuels motivation to continue to run consistently.
6. Forget the past. Whatever feelings or fears you associate with running - leave them behind!
7. Set goals. Find local spots with markers such as speed bumps. This way you can have a little high-five moment each time you reach these points.
8. Experience running from the sideline. Go to the next park run or Road Runners Race.
9. Keep track of your runs with running Apps such as MapMyRun, Nike Running Pro or RunKeeper.
10. Break up the distance with strength based exercises for your hip stabilizers, back, and core. These muscles are important for injury prevention and endurance.
Our best tip is to power through. When you're starting out, the fight is as much mental as it is physical.