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You Have to Walk Before You Can Run

By Tom Herrin

Everyone knows about old sayings.  The grass is always greener on the other side; no moss grows on a rolling stone; a dog is all bark and no bite.  They all come from some truth that is generally proven.  When people say you must walk before you run, there are a lot of mixed meanings.  For those who are beginning a workout program, the saying rings decidedly true.  Too many times someone decides on turning over a new leaf and starting right into a running program.  Hold up!  This is where walking has to be a prerequisite for real success.

Is A Running Program For You?

It is necessary to ask a few good questions when starting any kind of new workout program.  Understanding how much the body can take is important.  Overworking is one of the major mistakes people make when they suddenly decide to make a commitment.  This kind of stress can lead to strained muscles at the very least.  At the most, major injury or heart problems can be the result.  It is critical to assess just what kind of limits an individual has and design a program that slowly progresses.  Just like diets in which someone wants to lose too many pounds too fast, the result is sure to be failure.

A Slow Start Will Help To Make A Personal Assessment

When starting a new program, it is wise to begin with very small steps.  If a person has not been running for a long time, it will be better to begin by walking until tired.  This may only be a few hundred yards.  If it tires the person, it is time to slow and rest.  Regular exercise on a daily basis can allow an opportunity to slowly increase the distance and/or speed.  A record should be kept because in only a few weeks measurable progress can be made.  This kind of goal-setting can encourage the individual and allow for future goals.  Being realistic but optimistic is important.

A Little Equipment Can Make A Difference

Amazingly, a pair of shoes may be all it takes to have a good experience.  Lighter weight shoes can keep the feet from tiring too fast.  Even lower priced shoes may do an adequate job of protecting the feet and providing cushion.  When I was recently looking for a pair of shoes, I decided to try a store featuring less expensive shoes and found the ones that were the most comfortable.  I second-guessed myself but still bought them.  I was pleasantly surprised at how much better they made my feet feel.  If you are looking to improve your health, start out with a good walk.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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