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Rules for Running That You Really Need to Know

By Genevieve Cunningham

When it comes to getting in shape, running is a great exercise. It's a calorie burner and a muscle builder. But it's also really tough for a lot of people. Running can make you really sore and definitely exhausted. If you want to make it a habit that sticks, you have to go about building the habit in the right way. What does that mean? If you're ready to make running your thing, take a look at these things you should know before you begin. 

Go Slow

Don't do too much too quickly. If you start out running too fast or for too long, you'll get burned out long before you've made it a habit. Instead, make running something that you build very slowly over a long period of time. Experienced runners will tell you that this is the true key to building endurance and making running stick in your life. 

Stretch Before and After 

Do not forget to stretch. Running will make you sore no matter what, but forgetting to stretch will only make it worse. Stretch before you run, paying special attention to the leg muscles. And then stretch after you run to help with soreness. You'll still be sore, but don't let that stop you from running again tomorrow.

Buy New Shoes

Supportive shoes are key. If you don't have supportive shoes, buy some new ones. But don't take them straight from the box to your run. Spend a little bit of time breaking them in before you run so that you can avoid sore feet and blisters.

It's Not the King of Cardio

Here's something that a lot of people don't realize: You don't actually have to run. If you truly have the desire, great. But if you are only running because you think you must to get in shape, don't do it. Instead, choose a form of cardio that you actually enjoy. Running is great, but it's not king. Choose something you like, and you're way more likely to stick with it.

If you're ready to make running a habit, these tips can help make the experience more comfortable and more successful. Stick with it, and it will get easier. Running can work, so use these little tricks to help make it work for you.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aiken, S.C.

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