To celebrate the London Marathon on Sunday 28 April we thought we’d write a blog about running!
The NHS has some great tips to help you get back into running if you’re a bit rusty:
Always invest in a good pair of running shoes – and replace them every 300 miles
Plan your runs. Work out when and where you’re going to run and put it in your diary. That way it won’t slip your mind.
Start each run with a gentle warm-up of at least five minutes. This can include quick walking, marching on the spot, knee lifts, side stepping and climbing stairs.
When you start try alternating between running and walking during your session. As time goes on, make the running intervals longer until you no longer feel the need to walk.
Make sure you cool down with some post-run stretches
It’s better to run twice a week, every week, than to run six times one week and then do no running for the next three.
To stay motivated set a challenge such as a 5K, or a charity run
Try running with a friend or find a running partner on apps such as realbuzz or JoggingBuddy
Keep things interesting by varying your distances, pace and routes. Use a route planner app to discover and share favourite running paths
Join a running club – most clubs have running groups for different levels, including beginners. Find a running club near you using an app such as RunTogether.
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