We believe that anyone can become a runner…as long as they have a firm determination and a proper training plan to follow. Here’s a few of our most powerful beginner running tips that will keep you healthy and motivated to improve daily!
Take note of your current running posture. Are you slumped over in your chair, car, or couch reading this?
Sit (or stand) up straight!
Optimal oxygen intake means creating space for the maximum amount of air to get into. Sitting and standing up straight gives your diaphragm maximum room to expand and take in oxygen. Who knew our mothers were onto something way back when at the dinner table?
Here’s a little breathing drill you can add into your run routine:
We believe this to be one of the most important beginners running tips to implement.
As beginners, it’s easy to categorize ourselves as runners…and just runners.
When we do this we limit ourselves to thinking we only need to run to get better at running. This is not the case!
Strength training and conditioning built into your weekly training regimen can make a world of difference in your ability to stabilize the shoulders, core, and legs for optimal run form… as well as help you to prevent injuries before they occur!
Take for example a lunge:
Here’s a little challenge for you:
Try to continuously alternate lunges for 5 minutes. Step out with the right foot, come back to two feet, step out with the left foot, come back to two feet, etc. For an additional challenge, hold dumbbells (either down by your hips or up on your shoulders).
As a beginner in anything, it’s tempting to jump in head first! We can definitely relate to that excitement of starting something new and committing to it with all of your efforts. Not to mention, there’s no better feeling than officially being able to call yourself “a runner” 🙂
But just because you’re new, doesn’t mean you don’t have to train SMART.
Here are a few ways to build a solid training plan:
Bonus suggestion for your rest days: spend 3 minutes in the bottom of your squat position. Watch your hips, ankles, and knees open up instantaneously.
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