Running For Beginners
Running Advice For Jogging Over 50

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Running for beginners is for 1) beginner runners or 2) those running after injury or 3) returning joggers. Whatever your fitness level was prior to your running hiatus, you must be willing to start at a fresh point to avoid pain from running.

Your jogging revival is going to be building on your current abilities. Your wins in your training program will fuel further successes.

Running For Beginners Advice

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  1. Whatever you have done before, you can do again. The skill and ability is still there, they might be buried under a sedentary lifestyle―but they still exist.

  2. You would not even have had the idea to start jogging if you did not already know you could do it. The idea comes only when the possibility already exists.

  3. Perceive your body and perceive how well it is running. Pain is a symptom of non-optimal conditions. It is an indication that improvement is needed.

  4. Your legs today are not ready for a run, no matter your motivation. Weak leg muscles can cause runner’s knee just because the leg muscles are not doing their job of holding the knee in place.

  5. Start your fitness workout program with walking. Walking is a mild exercise that starts to build endurance and more importantly, starts building your leg strength.

  6. Finish your running for beginners workout with a success daily. Accomplish something positive every day to keep your running motivation high.

  7. Build leg strength further by adding leg strength exercises. Walking flights of stairs is very effective and should be added to your fitness routine.

  8. Read “how to start running” for a running schedule suitable for the beginning runner.

  9. As you lose weight from running, your calories burned jogging changes. It is less effort to move a lighter body, so your running will also be easier.

  10. Right now, you are at the highest risk for running injuries. Your motivation and determination can cloud your judgement and have you doing too much too soon. The time you spend now on building core muscle strength and leg strength will prevent future injuries.

  11. Do not stretch cold muscles. A warm up can be as simple as a walk or light jog. Personally, I do my running exercises after my run. I believe that you should not need a warm up to run and catch the bus. After all that is the point of being fit, so you can just break out into a run anytime you want to.

  12. Keep a running log or calendar. Here you log all your workouts whether they are jogging or cross training activities. This can be as simple as a Microsoft Word calendar you keep on your hard drive. Log the following for yourself so you can refer back:

    •    Distance run
    •    Time
    •    Temperature and other weather conditions
    •    Surface, whether a trail run or a road run
    •    Any comments of how you felt
    •    Tally weekly totals
    •    Tally monthly totals to see your progress
    •    Add in when you are wearing new jogging shoes

  13. Keep it simple. Women’s jogging gear can add to your enjoyment of the sport. Running clothes are stylish and functional; however, they are not required to be a runner. You do not need to have the clothes to be a runner. That comes from you.

  14. Jogging shoes will be your biggest expense. Proper fitting shoes are a necessity.

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