We provide basic information about running posture and other essential techniques for beginners if you’re thinking of starting a routine of running, then that’s one of the best things you can do for your body, besides taking up a sport.
Running should be a regular activity: even if you can only manage running once a week, you should make sure you go for a run every week. Running on an empty stomach early in the morning can aid weight loss and keep your metabolism high even up-to six hours after your actual run. Aerobic exercises like running also improve your mood and are known to have anti-depressant effects.
So, running is a great way to stay in shape and stay happy but do consult with a trained medical professional if you have any existing medical conditions before beginning your running routine.
Picking out Shoes: You should be careful in picking out the running shoes you use as this is one of the accessories that you will use the most while running.
The wrong shoes can lead to unnecessary sores, aches and may even physically harm you in the long term. So, pick out shoes which are comfortable and suited to the running surface you’re planning to use regularly, and of course your running style or gait.
This is a lengthy & complicated topic, so I’m not explaining this here. The best option will be to visit a physical store to pick out your running shoe and have someone at the store assist you in making this choice; because your shoes are one of the fundamental pillars in mastering the basics of running for beginners.
Stretching: Stretching is the next important aspect of the basics of running for beginners that people tend to overlook. Not stretching will lead to slower recovery after your run, aches, and pain and may even lead to injury. There are generally two kinds of stretching routines:
Static: This is when you only stretch one part of your body at a time, and you’re stationary while stretching.
Dynamic: Dynamic stretches involve stretching multiple parts of your body at the same time. These are usually considered better than static stretching, but there are always exceptions. Which one to choose is up to you; the general rule of thumb is – stick with what feels better to you. However, athletes do prefer dynamic stretching to be static.
Warm-down: As important as warming up is warming down; especially when you’re a beginner or have just spent half an hour on an unusually challenging workout routine.
Warming down helps you avoid injury and recover better in time for your next jogging session.’
Posture: The running posture is also essential to good health and injury free training sessions. Your posture is the most important aspect to master in the basics of running for beginners. I’ve mentioned the basics of an ideal ‘jogging’ posture.
Keep your back straight and look ahead: Your head & neck should be comfortably lined up with the rest of your spine.
Loosen your shoulders and maintain a relaxed, upright posture. Don’t ball your fists; runner tends to touch their thumbs with fingertips loosely for comfort.