Running as a natural part of life, or at least it was for our ancestors. For many, the thought of running with no destination in sight isn’t all that appealing. For others, the opportunity to lose weight, gain high levels of fitness and build self confidence is more than enough to push them out of the door.
Is Running For You?
Running is full of wonderful benefits, but like all physical endeavors, it comes with some risks:
1. It’s hard on your joints.
2. You need a decent baseline endurance to start.
3. You need some lower-body and core strength.
4. It requires a high level of commitment.
Anyone looking to start up a running program should take time and evaluate themselves. If they have had joint problems in the past, then they will need to take proper precautions as well as see a doctor for a physical, particularly if they have had heart or cardiovascular problems.
Are You Healthy Enough to Run?
1. Do you have heart problems?
2. Do you have asthma?
3. Do you have exercise induced asthma?
4. Are you prone to heat stroke or exhaustion?
These are just a few of the questions that you will want to investigate and see a doctor about before starting your program. Also, you will want to evaluate yourself before you get started:
Evaluating whether your healthy enough to run:
1. Can you walk 45 minutes at a brisk pace (fast enough to not carry on a full conversation) without feeling the need to stop?
2. Do you have proper core and lower body strength? You can try doing body planks for 3 sets of 30 seconds to measure your core strength.
If you’ve managed to pass the bar on your cardiovascular level, have been cleared by a doctor, and feel comfortable in your mindset, then it is time to get started. However, for many, running continuously for even a few minutes is difficult, you may want to measure yourself against a mile time, and start from there working with a walk to run program. Either way, running will quickly become one of the mainstays of your life.