Running is one of the best calorie-burning exercises you can do. But if
you're an out-of-shape beginner, running can feel next to impossible.
That doesn't mean it's not for you - it'll just take a bit longer to
work up to it.
If you’d like to join the elite group of proud
runners, but need to ease into it, try doing a walk-run interval combo
to start. For example, on week one, aim to walk for five minutes and run
for just 1-2 minutes (depending on what you can accomplish with
moderate effort and while keeping good form), and then keep repeating
the cycle. Do this at least 3-5 days a week for the best results. If you
can only start out with three days a week, work your way up to four and
then five days.
You may feel frustrated at first having to walk
instead of run, but remember: You must build a healthy base of fitness
before you can accomplish more difficult feats. Give the walk-run
interval combo a try and by week two you should be able to run at least
twice as long as you could the week before. Keep adjusting your walk-run
intervals each week as your body adapts. In just 8-12 weeks, you could
be running a 5k or 10k with ease!