Running may seem like a simple enough form of exercise. However, like any other exercise, it can be optimized. In fact, you can find entire websites dedicated to running. These are mostly geared towards professional runners and those who do track. Still, there is plenty out there for helping the average person get started running on a regular basis. With that in mind, if you plan on taking up running as a new form of exercise, consider these tips to get you started.
Get Yourself A Decent Pair of Running Shoes
A good set of running shoes provides cushioning on the midsole. This means they help provide support to the part of your foot between the ball and heel. This can make running much less likely to lead to foot strain and can help you run for longer periods of time. Arch support is another important benefit of running shoes, especially if you have flat feet. Arch support also helps prevent strain and can even increase athletic performance. You can find some excellent running shoes on our shop page.
Follow the 10% Rule
The 10% rule says that you should never increase the number of miles you run by more than 10% each week. This is a good rule of thumb because many studies have found that runners who increase their mileage too quickly (because they are eager for a competition, or just want to push themselves), are much more likely to suffer injuries while running.
Remember That Other Exercises Can Make You A Better Runner
If you really want to become a better runner, then you should do more than just run. If you do a bit of weight training, or you engage in sports like swimming and biking, the muscles which help support your running will also get stronger. At the same time, it’s a good way to give your primary running muscles a break.
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