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Running tips for beginners…

Thinking of taking up running as part of your daily exercise? We’re here to help the thought of running feel less daunting with our top 5 running tips to get you started.

Get yourself a good pair of trainers

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The first on our ‘running tips for beginners’ list is the need for a good pair of running shoes. Make sure they support the bridge of your ankle to avoid causing injury. Take your time and do your research online.

Drink lots of water

This is a very important running tip for everyone, not just beginners. Water re-hydrates you and will help you keep going. It also helps you avoid the burnout which comes with exercise and will help your muscles recover quicker. So, water is a good thing. Invest in a quality water bottle or re-use one of your plastic drink bottles.

Find the right pace

Find a pace which suits you and is comfortable. Even if this means plugging in and finding a playlist with the right pace for your running style. Go at your own pace. Not at others. This is one of the most vital running tips.

Don’t overdo it!

There are many running tips for beginners, but this is very important. The worst thing you can do when you start running for the first time is to overdo the running. When you start running for the first time, you will start to feel a buzz and want to run every day. This is great but not wise for a beginner. Start slow, this might mean run 3 times a week etc. Until you build up your stamina then take it easy. Try using the free NHS app Couch to 5k and pick a celeb to guide you through with weekly runs that slowly build up to a 5k. You’ve got this!

Change scenery

Last on our running tips list is change your route. Running the same route every time you run will eventually become tedious and you won’t see the benefits of running and you will eventually become bored. Change your scenery and re-discover your local patch a little more.

 

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Written by Ruby Higton

Here is Ruby and she is a digital marketer at YHA. She looks after all things social media, as well as content writing for livemore.yha.org.uk and SEO. Her favourite YHA is YHA Perranporth.

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