Did you know that running could get you high? Well, exercise in general: more so running. Running gives you the best natural high your body can receive. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins, which interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. If you are new to this “running” thing, let me suggest a few pointers that could change your whole experience.
1. Get your feet fit to the right shoes. This is important when deciding what type of running you will be doing. There are different types of shoes that range from long distance to sprinting. The wrong shoe may potentially damage the arch of your foot and cause further injuries. Be prepared to drop about $80-$100 on a good pair of running shoes.
2. Stretch before & after. You want to loosen up muscles, improve range of motion, and increase your circulation before you take off. Once you’re done, while your muscles are warm and full of oxygen, stretch those areas that still may be tight: hamstrings, calves, quads, etc.
3. Hydrate. Don’t just drink a bottle of water and go run. Give yourself at least 24 to 48 hours to fully hydrate your body. Attempt to drink a half-gallon prior to your run day and see how great you feel during and afterwards.
4. Set Realistic Goals. You know what you can accomplish and what is too far fetched. If you can only run a mile without stopping, start at a mile. If you can do more or less, do what you feel you can without killing yourself (or your pride). Which leads me to my final tip.
5. Track progress. Don’t get complacent! Once you’ve reached that mile, add another. You can avoid complacency by tracking your progress. There are plenty of running apps that allow you to input run dates, distance, pace, etc. Take advantage of it!
Remember, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. You have to start somewhere to notice any improvement. Stay focused, stay motivated, and get out there!
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