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Healthy Ways to Try Running


At one time or another, most people try running. Runners always look so self-satisfied, and the idea of an early morning run seems like a great way to spark a strong exercise routine. If you are someone who has made running a part of your life you know what it can do. Or if you are an on again, off again runner, you may want to consider what it can do and give it another try.

Even Slow Runners Are Ahead of the Health Game

For me, new research that says you can reap the benefits of running even if you are a slow runner and you only run for 15 minutes at a time, makes It very appealing. Researchers also tell us runners on average live three years longer than non-runners.

Those same researchers are quick to note that there are more injury possibilities in running than walking, and previous research has established walking can do as much as running for your health – it just takes longer.

So you have to make the choice.

But the research is clear running or walking will put you on the fast track for weight control, lung and muscle strength and an overall upbeat well-being.

Give running a try. Start slowly and gradually ramp up.

Drink at least eight ounces of water eight times a day and eat a healthy sugar snack about a half an hour before you run. Begin slowly and mix running with walking. It’s very easy to want to just take off running, but it can be a big mistake depending on your level of fitness. Instead, run for five to ten seconds and then walk for a minute. If you are huffing and puffing you are overdoing it. Runners do not happen overnight.

Remind yourself, walking is considered a healthy way to stay fit too. And the more you walk/run the better equipped you will be to expand your running. Make sure you have the right shoes and are equipped for the run. Run in safe areas avoiding urban traffic and monitor your health. When you are starting, overdoing it is the quickest way to cut your running short altogether.

So have some fun with it and gradually turn it into a fun way to be on track.

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