Joining a running group can be motivating, and running with a group on a regular basis, reinforces the running routine.
When running alone, pick a time and place that is convenient, maybe a nearby park, either mornings or evenings or a quick lunchtime jog, taking a change of clothing and a cold drink to work with you.
Feelings of self-consciousness often deter people from running, if you can overcome this, you will forget all about yourself and enjoy the freedom that running brings.
It’s a good idea to have a variety of exercise classes on the go, if you can fit them into your daily routine without causing stress. Spinning is a great exercise for building up stamina and muscles strength, pilates is good for balance and the water based exercises are a good workout, either swimming or aqua-aerobics classes are available at your local leisure centre without breaking the bank.
You may have heard of the runners’ high, a feeling of euphoria and energy after a run, which results in endocannabinoids being released during and after exercise which are thought to send reward signals to the brain, encouraging you to keep exercising.
If you suffer with any health condition, check with your physician before embarking on a health programme. There has been a change of thinking in the role of exercise as therapy even in arthritis and osteoporosis. An article in the Arthritis news letter “Keep on Running” advocates running as beneficial for arthritis sufferers. The role of exercise in both preventing and helping managing arthritis is increasingly being recognised. There is a booklet “Exercise and Arthritis” which can be downloaded. Dr Mike Pearce, 43 a GP in Wells,is himself an arthritis sufferer, and was set to run the London Mararthon. He is a firm believer in the benefits of exercise for people with arthritis.
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