From the Wellness Team: Wellness Wednesday Trainer Tip – Running

You Too Can Be a Runner!

Most people that say they hate running are making it much too difficult. Here are some things to try before you definitively say you hate running:

  1. Warm up before you hit the pavement or the treadmill. Do some dynamic leg exercises, such as bodyweight squats, hip circles, leg swings, toe and heel walks, and shoulder rolls.
  2. Start slow! Many new runners tend to try to get their fastest mile first, or start at too quick of a pace to sustain for the duration of the run. Start at your slowest pace first, and gradually increase with each mile.
  3. Remember that it’s okay to walk during your runs. “Running” doesn’t have to be all running! Take a walk break if you’re getting tired.
  4. You don’t have to be a fast runner to be a runner. Many runners go at a pace that would be considered a jog for others. Whether you run a 6 minute mile or a 14 minute one, you’re still a runner!
  5. Fuel during your runs with quick carbs. This could be things like gels, bananas, or energy chews. You’re using a lot of energy when running; replenish it!
  6. Get social support. Running is very individual – just you and your legs taking you where you want to go. Bring a friend along for the ride!
  7. Just try it. Who knows, you may end up liking it!