Running can contribute to your losing weight regime, but only if you plan and do everything properly. Otherwise, you will risk injuring yourself and you do not want to be on the sidelines while trying to win your weight loss match.
Here is how to make sure that running is safe for your body if you have some extra pounds.
Consult with a Professional
If it has been a while since the last time you were on a running track, visit your doctor first. They will be able to evaluate your medical condition and tell you whether it is safe to engage in a running activity. While you are there, ask for a tip or two about dieting.
The Importance of Proper Equipment
A reliable pair of shoes is the foundation of any runner’s equipment. There are plenty of running shoes to choose from to make sure they suit your style. However, your primary concern should be a comfort. You do not want to risk joint pain, tendinitis, and other issues that originate from wearing improper shoes. Aside from that, make sure to get breathable and comfortable clothing because you will be sweating a lot.
Do Not Push Yourself over the Limit
We understand the excitement of getting to the running track, but make sure to be cautious. Joints and bones are burdened while you are running and extra pounds put an additional load on them. If you are having problems with obesity, you may want to consider walking several miles daily for the first seven days. Once you think you are ready for running, do not push yourself over the limit.
Here is an example routine – start the running session by walking for 5-10 minutes. After you feel warmed up, run for about 30-45 seconds. The next step is to walk for 60-90 seconds and repeat this process as many times as you see fit. Don’t forget to cool down at the end of the session by walking for 5-10 minutes. The idea of this routine is to be realistic with both your capabilities and goals. Not only you will ensure to stay injury-free, but you will also feel good for accomplishing what you planned.
Allow Yourself to Recover
Any athlete or professional coach will tell you that recovery is equally as important as the exercise. That is why you shouldn’t head to the running course every day. Instead, run every other day and allow your body to recover in the meantime. If you are looking for additional activities, try a no-impact exercise such as yoga.
Find Someone to Coach You
When we say someone, we mean a professional running coach or experienced runner. The idea is for that someone to help you design a proper running plan in accordance with your current situation. A coach can help you asses your current and desired weight and create a plan that fits your needs, but also ensures that you will stay injury-free at all times. He may also be an excellent person to learn some tips on proper nutrition.