Fit Thursdays: Considering running? Things you should know before you start
by Elaine Delaney, Personal Trainer
Running is one of the most underrated forms of exercise and the perfect way to get fit. It only requires is a good pair of running shoes and you’re ready to go. It’s cheap, practical and it doesn’t require a lot of technique. All you need to do is start. If you have recently purchased a new pair of running shoes it is advisable to break them in before you start running. This will prevent injury as the nerves and muscles will have become familiar with a new stimulus.
Running has many physical benefits including burning calories and weight loss but it also has many positive effects. You have probably heard of the term runners high before, it describes a euphoric state resulting from long-distance running. The body releases endorphins during long term continuous exercise. Endorphins produce a sense of wellbeing and happiness. Scientific research has proven that the body’s response to endorphins is greater than that of some drugs including: anti-depressants and pain killers. The next time you are feeling stressed, go for a run and let the endorphins kick in.
As summer is swiftly coming upon us running outdoors for 30 minutes can provide you with your daily dose of Vitamin D (don’t forget to use sun screen). Vitamin D controls the calcium levels in the blood. It is crucial for bone and muscle development and the prevention of osteoporosis.
One of the biggest obstacles to running is the monotonous nature of this exercise. There are many ways to make running exciting. Simply take your favourite music and run a pathway that you never ran before or grab yourself a running buddy. This always helps to make the run more enjoyable. Why not take the dog or the children with you and make it a family activity?
Running may not be a suitable exercise for everyone, if you are or have ever experienced ankle, knee or hip pain or discomfort or any heart condition, contact your G.P. for a clearance before you start exercising. If you experience pain or discomfort whilst running either stop or reduce the pace you are running at.
Set a realistic goal
If you are running for fun or for competition it is always beneficial to set realistic goals. Running a marathon after one month of training is impossible. Set goals you can achieve these include running at a faster pace or running a longer distance.
So grab your running shoes, turn on your music and run whilst enjoying the euphoric high.
Hi all, my name is Elaine Delaney co-founder of Euphoria Fitness Sydney.
Welcome to my fitness blog. You are probably thinking not another fitness fad blog that will tell you all the things that you have done are wrong and how to achieve a 6 pack over night. Unfortunately a 6 pack can't happen over night and it take time and dedication to achieve your optimal beach body. The information I will provide you with in the coming weeks will dispel some of the fitness myths and provide you with scientific based information and the best exercises for your body.
I hold qualifications in health promotion, physiology and fitness. Since a young age, sports and fitness have been my passion and now I want to utilise this knowledge and experience to help other achieve their health and fitness goals.
My philosophy is life is small changes in your lifestyle can have a massive impact on your health. The key to achieving optimal health is good nutrition and exercise. In modern day society your fitness regime requires flexibility and commitment.
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