Ease Into A Running Program To Lose Weight And Improve Fitness

Running is an excellent exercise for keeping fit and losing weight, but if you have never run before it can be quite a daunting experience, especially if you do not know your limits.

If you are new to running there are several steps you can take in order to ease yourself comfortably into the exercise.

To start with try walking. Walk for a certain amount of time, say from 10 to 30 minutes to see what you feel comfortable with and can manage. Once you can easily walk for 30 minutes try to introduce one to two minute running spurts into your walking. Continue to do this and as you progress make the running intervals slightly longer until eventually you can run up to a full 30 minutes continuously. Once you manage to achieve this you will soon start to see fantastic results as you become much fitter and those kilos start to drop off you.

If you begin to feel any pain then you must stop. Slight discomfort in long distance running can be normal but any severe pain is not a good sign and you must stop your running especially if the pain is causing you to limp. This means that you have possibly injured yourself and need time to rest and recover.

When it comes to running you have the choice of running outside or running indoors on a treadmill. A treadmill tends to be slightly easier as the ground under your feet is pulled automatically. Also, treadmills provide more cushioning than the road, making them easier on your joints while walking or running if you are just starting out. If you would like to make the treadmill a bit more challenging then you can always play around with the settings and change the incline so you are running up hill which makes it more intense.

If running outside you can basically run wherever you wish as long as the area is safe and scenic. If the area is scenic then it will make the experience more enjoyable for you and motivate you to run more. If possible try to run on smooth grass or trails rather than roads to prevent any injury.

When you run you will be working your body much harder than normal and will find yourself breathing a lot heavier. This is completely normal and a sign you are working hard and will soon start to see the benefits of all of your hard work.