Jogging for beginners may seem like an easy task to accomplish, but can be intimidating for someone who is not familiar with running/jogging. It is understandable – you may have not had to run around since you were a little kid and just have been accustomed to a more sedentary lifestyle.
Honestly, it happens to the best of us, but even looking for information on how to get into jogging for exercise or possibly to start training for a race of some sort is great!
Here are some tips for jogging for beginners to make sure you starting jogging in a safe and smart fashion.
Getting Medical Clearance
You need to make sure you get some sort of medical clearance if you have not started running before. This is important as your doctor/physician will be able to help you set realistic goals and to make sure that you are not pushing yourself too hard.
Warm Up, Warm Up, Warm Up
You may think, “I see people running farther and longer than I’m going to run – I don’t need to warm up.”
And you may be wrong.
Truth is, everyone needs to warm up. The rule of thumb is to warm up for about 5 to 10 minutes actually. There are a lot of different ways to warm up, especially if you are jogging as a beginner. However, since you are jogging, it is important to loosen up your legs and get your heart rate elevated / blood flowing. This could consist of jogging in place or jumping jacks or dynamic stretching.
Start Slow and Focus on Form
Jogging for beginners doesn’t need to be a fast process. You do not need to start jogging miles on end at all. You want to start off at your own pace and not exceed 30 minutes the first couple of times out.
A quick path to injury is doing too much, too quickly and without the proper form. Even jogging can cause unnecessary impact on your joints if you are not utilizing proper running form.
Take a Break
This can actually be taken in TWO ways.
First, if you are out of breath and really feeling bad (dizziness, pain, etc) while jogging, stop and starting walking. Especially at the beginning. You will soon start to feel comfortable enough with jogging to know when your body needs rest and when you can push through, but for now, don’t take any chances.
Secondly, make sure you have enough time between jogs so your body can recuperate. During your jogs, your muscles and joints will be working overtime and will need the rest to work efficiently the next jog. If they are tired, you know what that means? Hello some type of injury. So play it safe and at least jog every other day.
Note: Have time to workout still? Why not take a rest day by taking a walk. Walking is easier on your joints but will still keep your body moving and blood flowing which will help recovery and help you stay in shape!
These are just a few tips about jogging for beginners. Easy things that you can use when you first start out. Once you get a little more advanced I encourage you to read up more about running in general on this blog or others! Knowledge is power!
Any other tips you can think of? Comment below!