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3 Things to Know About Running Before You Begin

By Genevieve Cunningham

Running has long been a fitness favorite of many. It’s a challenge, and yet it requires so little in the way of equipment. Many people use it to get fit and improve their health. But if you’re new to the running game, there may be a few things about it that surprise you. Before you begin your new running routine, take a look at these three things you should know to make the experience better.

It’s a Full Body Workout

Many people expect running to be a lower body workout -- the legs and glutes. Because of this expectation, so many people are surprised to find their shoulders or abs sore after a running session. The truth is that running is a full body workout. It engages every muscle in the body and demands more energy from various large muscle groups. If you want to tone up all over, running is an excellent workout, but don’t be surprised when that soreness creeps up all over the body.

It Might Hurt

Besides being sore, running might hurt a little, especially at first. Some people find that their knees or hips ache after running. This can be normal as your body adjusts to the movement. Other people find a stitch in their side. This is usually due to being out of shape, and is rarely something to worry about. The key is to understand what aches and pains are normal, and what needs rest or attention. If it hurts too bad to continue, stop. If the pain doesn’t go away, get it checked. If it is tolerable, you might keep an eye on it, but continue the run a little longer.

You Have to Stick With It

Running is a strange workout. It works; we all know that. But it’s not enjoyable to everyone. Some people love it more than anything else. Some people despise its existence. And there’s still another group of people who love it … after a while. If you take a run and are less than enthused, you may just need to stick with it for a little while. Some people develop a passion for running as their body gets accustomed. Give it some time before making an ultimate decision about your feelings for this exercise.

If you haven’t given running a fair shake, it might be time to add it to your routine. Armed with a little knowledge, it can be an incredibly enjoyable way to get in shape. Grab some shoes, put in your headphones, and get moving to improve your health and tone your body in no time.

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

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