How to Start Running
Story by V. Michelle Bernard
In a WebMD article, Matt McMillen encourages new runners (and those whose haven’t run in a while) to start slowly.
He offers the following tips:
Watch Your Diet
Stay well-hydrated by drinking at least 64 ounces of liquid each day and eating a “small, sugar-boosting snack 30 minutes before exercising,” says Jeff Galloway, a columnist for Runner’s World and author of Women's Complete Guide to Running, which he co-wrote with his wife, Barbara.
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Don’t overdue it by being overly enthusiastic early on.
Walk AND Run
Galloway says beginning runners should run for 5 to 10 seconds each minute, walking for the rest of the minute. Then gradually increase the ratio to include more running. He adds that “walking is the best cross-training.”
Gain, Not Pain
Galloway advises new runners to start with a slow and easy approach, monitoring aches and pains. He also added if you’re huffing and puffing at the end, you’ve done too much.