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Top 10 tips for new runners and beginners

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These are the best ways to keep fit amid the Coronavirus situations we are all facing.

Top 10 tips for new runners and beginners

These are the best ways to keep fit amid the Coronavirus situations we are all facing.

Taking up running as a new hobby is a great way to stay fit and keep a clear mind, however, it can be a fairly daunting to jump into.

Therefore, it is important to learn a few tips and tricks in order to ease yourself into the process, avoid injury, and make things as simple as possible at the start of your running journey.
 

We have compiled some of the top tips for new novice runners:

1. Invest in the right pair of running shoe

You want something that is going to offer you plenty of support during your run, that feels comfortable, and certainly does not rub and cause blisters.

2. Start slow

Don’t attempt too much too soon. Ease yourself into the process to build up some endurance and to avoid injury/burn out.

3. Distance over time

If you can, aim towards a set distance and keep building on that, rather than running for a set period of time. Slow it down and do not worry about the pace to start with.

4. Rest days are needed

You need to let your body recover with the odd rest day, otherwise injuries and fatigue will creep up on you fast.

5. Join a group or find a buddy

Running with someone else is not only more social, but it can also give you that extra push needed to test your limits.

6. Make it a regular habit

Go out running most days, even if it’s just for a few minutes. This builds up the habit and makes it a part of your daily routine.

7. Build your mileage slowly

Once you get a feel for it, build the distance up gradually. Gradual progress is far less strenuous on your body and makes progress feel far more effortless.

8. Walking breaks

Taking regular walking breaks during your run can actually build strength and endurance.

9. Keep a log

Keep a track of your progress.

10. Goals

Let yourself tasks and goals in your log in order to push your body to new heights.

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