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GL's beginner's guide to running


Sometimes we like the idea of running more than actually running—but since it's almost spring break, sitting around is just not an option. So let's make the decision to head out and tackle a few miles. Read our tips below so you can shake up that boring cardio routine, get in fab shape and finally enjoy flying across the pavement!

One step at a time
If you are a total novice when it comes to exercising, spend the first week walking and then start the rest of our plan. If you’re already a li’l sporty, start by mix it up by running for one-minute intervals and walking for three. Repeat six times. Gradually work your way until you’re running more than walking and, finally, till you can run continuously for the full half hour. Don’t push yourself, or you’ll burn out!

Consistency is key
Make sure you pencil a half hour running time or cross training into your schedule every day. The more often you practice, the quicker it’ll become easier for you. Choose one day in the week to take a break and treat yourself to some much deserved R & R. 

Gimme a break 
Every other day, include activities that don’t involve running or walking into your exercise routine, so that your running muscles don’t get worn out. Biking, swimming, yoga, or using an elliptical are all good options. Cross training should be done at a moderate pace.
The home stretch
It’s important to warm up and cool down for five minutes before and after you run. You can warm up by doing one or two easy stretches and then doing some light aerobics like walking briskly. While your muscles are still warm after the run, stretch again.
 
What do you enjoy most about running? Share in the comments below. 

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by GL | 2/1/2016
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