The benefits of running are numerous. It can help you lose weight, decrease stress, and create powerful endorphins which make you feel better about pretty much anything. It's also a great way to be social and meet new people. Participating in weekend race like a 5 or 10K is amazingly exciting.
Of course, if you haven't exercised since gym class, then getting up off the couch and putting in ten miles may be the furthest thing from your mind. Many people would like the benefits of running, but wouldn't necessarily like to do what it takes to get there.
The good news is that you don't have to go from couch potato to marathon runner in one week. You can ease into it. That way, you'll get a lot of the benefits without the excruciating pain sometimes associated with running. And in this article, you are going to learn just how to do that.
If you haven't exercised in a while, it's important to start slow. Taking a ten minute walk might be the best thing for a lot of people. Just get up, and get moving. Many people find that it's not nearly as bad as they thought it might be. It's good to be outside and walking around. Some people prefer to walk in the morning, while others prefer to walk in the evening. Do whichever is best.
Since everybody is different, you're going to have to just increase the time and distance as you feel comfortable. It's important not to push yourself too hard. Start by walking ten minutes every day. After a couple of weeks, increase it to fifteen minutes. Then maybe twenty or thirty minutes.
Once you're walking for thirty minutes a day without any problems, then start to jog slowly. Don't jog the whole time. Walk for ten, jog for five. Then after a week or so of this, jog for ten, walk for ten. Then maybe jog for fifteen, and then walk for fifteen. Then try jogging for twenty. Then twenty five. Then thirty.
Once you're up to jogging for thirty minutes non-stop, you're ready. You can consider yourself a jogger. Keep jogging, and eventually you'll naturally be going faster and faster. Pretty soon you'll start taking jogs longer than thirty minutes.
Before you know it, you'll be slim, in shape, and feeling wonderful. And it all starts by putting one foot in front of the other. Get going.