Running! Everyone’s doing it, and there’s good reason why. This awesome cardiovascular exercise reduces your risk of heart disease, boosts your immunity, improves concentration, creativity, and memory, and is a fantastic way to shed unwanted pounds. Here’s the best part: it doesn’t have to be difficult, painful, or boring! Here are some tips for rocking a good run, and enjoying it too:
1. The right pair of shoes
This is something fundamental to having success as a runner. Everyone’s feet are different, and everyone needs a particular shoe. Having the correct footwear will prevent injury, allowing you to enjoy your run without damaging your feet, knees, and hips. Check out a running specialty store to get properly fitted with the shoe for you (I like Gazelle Sports).
2. Good socks
Nobody likes hot, burning feet, and blisters aren’t usually that fun either. Getting the right socks can make all the difference when it comes to your feet. Say NO to cotton. It holds onto moisture and doesn’t breathe well. Opt for a sock made from a synthetic blend or merino. Both these will wick sweat away from your skin and reduce friction, keeping you happy!
3. No shorts, no shirt, no good.
Just like socks, your clothing is important in keeping you dry, cool, and comfortable. Again, leave the cotton at home and instead choose synthetic or merino threads. They wick, breathe, and will leave you the better for it.
4. Find a friend…or two!
Running with another person or a group will give you accountability, a sense of community, and build new relationships. You can set goals together, work towards them together, and achieve them together.
Now, think Chariots of Fire and give running a try!