Running is a fun and relaxing activity. It is also a great way to keep fit lose weight!
Here are 7 tips to help you become a better runner and shed those pounds faster:
1. Set goals
Just having a goal can help you go from jogging at your usual slow and steady pace to setting those tracks on fire. The goal can be as simple as “don’t quit” (forcing yourself to run every day for at least a mile or making sure you don’t go three days between runs), or taking part in an organized event, like a charity run. When you’re starting out, speed or distance might not matter as much as just showing up.
2. Customize your own running playlist
Every good run needs a correspondingly good playlist. It has been found that music can boost performance by at least 15%. The speed of the music you listen to (beats per minute or BMP) also affect how your runs might go. All you need to do is compile a playlist of the music that gets you going, plug in your earphones and go!
3. Track your progress
Keep tabs on your running (and other health actions and goals), and you’re more likely to stick to your plan and get better. Besides the plethora of smartwatches and fitness trackers on the market now, your smartphone can track your running habits to to see how you’re doing. Tracking and analyzing your runs could also help you prevent injuries in the future.
4. Get the right running shoes
You can run without shoes if you like, or use those strange glove-like minimalist shoes, special running shoes from brands like Nike or Puma, or any of the many different types of running shoes. Just find out what’s most comfortable for you or consult a professional. Buy the right shoes for your feet and your environment or, if you’re going the barefoot route, try to ease into it.
5. Make a smooth transition from walking or jogging to running
Few of us can go from hardly ever moving around to being a regular ten-mile-a-day runner. You have to ease into it. Runner, Thorin Klosowski, shared how he started regularly jogging—from getting the right gear (shoes, see above, and a good shirt) to learning the correct form and setting a running schedule. Slowly graduate from waking to running in intervals (e.g., 1 minute of running for every four minutes of walking).
6. Always use proper form
Good running form makes you run more efficiently, so you’re not wasting movements and energy while you’re running. It also helps prevent injuries and helps you run faster. Your breath and you gaze can also help you correct your running posture.
7. Motivate Yourself to stay on Track!
The most important thing to do is to keep focused on your weight loss goals at all times. You already know the benefits of running (even just a few minutes a day can improve your health), as well as the downsides, such as how easy it is to get injured and how much time it takes to increase your stamina and speed. Whether you’re doing this competitively or just on your own, developing a running practice or habit takes perseverance, especially on those days when it’s too hot to run or too cold and you’d just rather sleep in. You can make running even more fun by finding a running buddy, constantly reminding yourself of the reasons why you run, and by rewarding yourself for keeping at it.