I've always wanted to run for exercise. But I have no clue how to get started. And honestly, I'm scared. What if I fail? What if running hurts? I have so little time, so many excuses.
But I hear jogging is one of the easiest, cheapest forms of year-round exercise, and people say it's totally addictive, even fun. Runner-mom tells me she loves how she feels after the endorphin rush. She also runs to set a healthy example for her sons.
So, I guess I need Jogging 101.
I read this article today called Jogging: Sometimes the First Step is the Hardest One on a great blog called CalorieLab. Here are some quick and easy tips to get me running, hopefully today:
- Buy running shoes, socks, and clothing that are of high quality, and that you believe make you look good. A significant financial investment and simple human vanity are both excellent motivators.
- Join a jogging club; sporting goods stores, fitness centers and rec centers might have some posted on a bulletin board, and you’ll benefit from the group support, positive feedback, and the fact that it’s harder to quit on others than to quit on yourself.
- Failing the group, try to find a jogging partner who is supportive, enthusiastic, and serious about it, and treat your runs as your obligation to him or her.
- To minimize the unavoidable moments of frustration, bear in mind certain sustaining and universal truths: your progress will seem to stall now and then, you will have days when it’s really a struggle, and you’ll have flat-out unpleasant runs, but it will inevitably get easier. And easier. And better.
- Even unhappy, painful, reluctant runs are better than no runs at all.
- Don’t compare yourself to other joggers, or your actual progress to some hoped-for goal; you don’t need emotional burdens such as disappointment or inferiority.
- In fact, the more that you think about running, the more likely you are to talk yourself out of it, so try not to.
- Keep your initial runs relatively slow and short; aches and injuries are great excuses to bail. Similarly, don’t overreach and burn out; it’s good to try to increase your distance, but not by more than a manageable 10 percent per week. And don’t run on consecutive days until you’ve been jogging for several weeks.
- Subscribe to a running magazine, for a tangible and goading reminder that will keep arriving in the mail month after month.
Have you ever thought of taking up jogging?