Jogging 101: Get Started Today

jogging, runningI'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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Even unhappy, painful, reluctant runs are better than no runs at all.
  6. 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.
  7. In fact, the more that you think about running, the more likely you are to talk yourself out of it, so try not to.
  8. 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.
  9. Subscribe to a running magazine, for a tangible and goading reminder that will keep arriving in the mail month after month.

Runner-mom, well, runs the awesome, active private group Running moms if you're looking for even more how-tos.

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