a Running Regimen for fitness and health
Plan Your Running Regimen Today
Have you ever pledged to start
a fitness program and then start to put it off by giving all sorts
Common excuses like: No time,
no companion, no money, no space?
Well, with a running fitness
program, you simply have no excuses. Running is not only practical,
also the easiest, cheapest way to
and in shape.
Running, as a cardio exercise
anyone – young or old. That is why running along with
brisk walking continues to be popular with sports buffs everywhere.
Imagine, you do not have to sign
up for a gym, nor do you need to purchase expensive equipment to
enjoy running. You do not really need a exercise companion. Plus
you get to enjoy
the quiet joys of nature while breathing in cool crisp air
while clearing your mind at the same time. Some testify that
is the best way to squeeze healthy exercise into a busy schedule.
The beauty of running and walking
is that you have to do it anyway, especially walking. Running,
however, is more strenuous and
if done properly, a more effective exercise.
ways and wrong ways to run. While anyone can start a‘regimen’ on
their own, proper knowledge is beneficial in maximizing the
benefits and minimizing the chances of getting injured.
If you do get injured, it could
only mean time away from exercise. So as much as possible you will
want to run the right way
so you don’t get injured.
Starting a Running Regimen
When starting a running regimen, one of the first things
to consider are your goals:
• What do you want to accomplish?
• Are you running to increase endurance
• Are you running to burn calories?
• Build stronger muscles?
• Get a healthy heart?
The way you run and the amount
of time you spend running will all depend your goals. If you plan
to increase endurance,
will have to put in a lot of time running, plus you will have to gradually
increase the pace and the time spent jogging. For that
purpose, it wouldn’t be abnormal to be running about 5km a day – especially
if you are an athlete.
You will probably also have to
push the pace towards a full run at the end. If you want to burn calories
need to run regularly but at a measured pace so that
your exercise remains aerobic and not anaerobic.
Aerobic means that the exercise
involves oxygen. Running a measured pace – somewhere faster
than a slow jog and slower than a full run - is safely aerobic.
If you push towards hard running, it is
more anaerobic than aerobic. That kind is better suited
for endurance running than weight loss. Aerobic exercise, by the
way, is the only
way to burn fat.
If you are simply looking for
a healthier lifestyle, then a 15 to 30 minute brisk walk
/jogging regimen would be
The next thing you have to consider
when starting a running regimen is your schedule. You will have
in your busy schedule
to fit in your running, and aside from that, you
will have to consider whether you are a night runner
Some people respond better to
morning runs. They are more efficient and are able to accomplish
running in the morning.
Some people are not that morning-oriented. These
people respond better
during the evenings. If you think you are not
much of a
morning person, then don’t worry. It’s
okay to break the mold and start running in the
Whatever method appears to be
more appealing for your situation, keep reading. We discuss specific
in depth in an
You will also have to consider
the environment and the weather. Not all locations are alike.
to choose a challenging
running up hills and challenging areas. But
this is not for all people; some will want to consider
and terrain. It all depends on your goal, endurance
runners will benefit from more challenging
terrain while others
to flat roads.
Also, make sure you are equipped
for the weather. Cool attire that moves moisture away from
your skin is still
for such situations.
You will also want to purchase shoes that
protect your feet against the repeated pounding it
will take while
for comfort and strength here, not just fashion.
Starting a running regimen, whether
alone or in a group, is a truly exciting activity. Plan ahead and
stick with your plan to truly enjoy
its benefits. If you can get access to
a regular runner or a runner trainer, then by all means seek their
expertise and advice. In the meantime, enjoy your runs!