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Pros and Cons of Running. Is it for you? Beginners through to Marathon Endurance.

Is running your thing?

Pros and cons of runningRunning would have to be one of the easiest and cheapest forms of exercise that you can do. The health benefits, cardo workout and physical activity can be benefical to nearly everyone.

Whether it is indoors on a treadmill, out on the streets or around a track, running can accommodate everyone and all types of fitness levels from beginner to elite. Most professional sports people and athletes include running in their training programs to build up strength, fitness and endurance.


So how serious are you about running? Is it something you do for pleasure and fun or is it your lifelong dream to run a marathon? And are you doing it right?


Benefits of Running

    • Improve cardiovascular fitness
    • Strengthen muscles and bones
    • Burn off kilojoules and help lose weight
    • Makes you feel happier (avoid depression)
    • Help manage stress and anxiety
    • Sleep better
    • Prevent high blood pressure, obesity and other diseases.
    • Boost your confidence – you'll feel better about yourself
    • Being outdoors and some Vitamin D from the sun is good for your health
    • Do it anytime, anywhere

 

Drawbacks

    • Injury – stress fractures, knee injuries, back pain
    • Social isolation
    • May increase certain health issues - eg risk of heart attack (please check with your doctor if you have concerns)
    • Sun exposure - make sure you wear sunscreen!


For Beginners

Don't expect to run 40km's on your first outing. Like all sports, it takes time, effort and practice to build up your fitness and capability to run. Start out walking (power walking) for a few km's every couple of days for a week or two before you introduce jogging and build up to running your desired distance.

Make sure you warm up and stretch before and after your run to avoid injury.

Check with your doctor if you have health concerns or pre-existing aliments.

 

Clothing

    • You can never go wrong with investing in a good pair of running shoes. A good pair of shoes should be made with shock-absorbing materials to help protect your legs, ankles and feet when running.
    • Loose clothing is beneficial to help your body regulate its temperature when exercising.

 

How far do you want to run?

Is running your thing?Have you ever been taught to run properly?

Did you think that it was just put one foot in front of the other at a fast pace than a walk? I did. If you're going to get serious about running, how about check out your technique first and you might be surprised at the improvements and reduce the risk of injury along the way.


Check out Kinetic Revolutions – Building Better Runners.

 

Want to run a marathon?run nyc

Marathon running is for those of you who love distances. Common marathons are 10km, 21Km (half marathon), or full length at 42km.

Running these distances involves a great amount of discipline, endurance and motivation.

If this is your goal in life, we would only like to encourage you on your way. If your part of a running club or team, FANTASTIC! But if you're wanting some support for your solo act, theire are a heap of programs out there that may help guide you and offer useful information on training, diet and activities.

Check out this one: 100 Day Marathon Plan.

 

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