Tip 1: Find the Perfect Shoe
Your shoes are the most important part of your kit, so it is essential that you don’t base your decision on the choice of colour or the style, base it on comfort and the fit. If possible, try several different pairs on for size, comfort and support and ensure that you have a well cushioned heel as running is a high impact form of exercise.
Tip 2: Warm Up
Don’t skip on your warm-up’s, as this helps ignite your core body temperature which then allows a fuller range of movement through your legs and arms making it easier for you to find a comfortable running pace. So, spend a couple of minutes on warming up and stretching.
Tip 3: Be Posture Perfect
Focus on keeping your upper body in good form, your arms should be at a 90-degree angle, and your elbows at your sides, back straight and shoulders level, and of course your face should be smiling.
Tip 4: Be the DJ And Mix It Up
The biggest mistake newbies make regarding running is simply just running! This is hard if they don’t have the endurance to run for extended times.
So I teach on my “Run Your First 5k” a Run/ Walk approach which has intervals of short runs mixed with brisk walks, and then gradually the run/walk intervals extend the running period whilst decreasing the walking one.
Tip 5: Be 3 Times A Week Girl
The quickest way to see results and see your running improving is to have consistency in your training, so one session a week is not going to win you a prize, you have to make it 3 times a week and then you will win every prize, as 3 times a week will get you increasing and improving your fitness and running.
Tip 6: Eat Clean
Your food choices have a significant impact on your running. Eating the right choice will give you energy, fuel your body and help it repair itself and get stronger and leaner. So, swap a processed, sugar and salt laden fake food meal for a delicious super tasty homemade runner’s treat. Like my Tuna and Onion Courgette Spaghetti with Chilli Dip.
Tip 7: Add Toning Moves
Each week squeeze in a couple of toning workouts as this will help with your running as your increases your muscular endurance, plus it is a fabulous way to keep yourself super toned and your body burning more calories.
Tip 8: Breathing
When it comes to breathing, focus on breathing in through your nose and exhaling through your mouth.
Tip 9: Talk Talk
For a newbie to running, you should focus on running at an easy pace so you can easily talk, so call this your “conversational “pace. This will help you fall in love with running and help you find your natural running pace.
Tip 10: Be a Wateraholic
Be eight glasses a day girl, even if you are a zero glass a day now! Then start drinking more water every day, aiming for your eight, as it will always keep your body fully hydrated, so never go for a run without a full bottle of water
Plus, it is super good for your hair, skin, and nails.