I used to belong to a running group that met once a week after work to learn how to jog. The whole idea was not just to run for the sake of running, but to run well, without injury. What I liked best was when we got to running along the seawall.
The group followed a seasoned runner with a stop watch, who’d get us all to jog a distance, and then stop, walk, and then jog again. I don’t remember the exact times we ran, and the times we walked. I remember simply that we were supposed to build up to a certain speed and endurance.
A cheats method for learning good jogging techniques is to watch the pros and see how they’re doing what they do, so successfully. Look at what they’re doing, what they’re wearing, and even what they’re drinking.
Go to a park where you see a lot of joggers, and spot the one that you find is running at a pace you want to be able to run at, and then just observe. Maybe you’ll see that that person has a walkman, or a running buddy. Maybe you’ll see that they stop and take a sip of water every 5 minutes. Maybe you’ll see them doing a decent warm-up and cool-down stretch. Of course, you do want to read up on your observations. For example, you might then Google topics like water consumption while jogging or good running music.
A lot of sports shops are now promoting lifestyle choices by hosting workshops on diet, sports attire and sport practices. Stop by and ask at any sports shop in your neighbor if they run such a workshop themselves or if they can recommend any other venue. If you don’t manage to find a group in your neighbor, then the second best plan of action is to start up your own group. The important thing either way is to be well read or well researched.
For example, a lot of runners acquired bad warm-up habits. Maybe someone else showed them a few warm-ups that they incorporated into their routines. Maybe they made up a few of their own warm-ups. You want to make sure that medical study supports the exercises you do, and similarly that your diet and water consumption habits have been proven healthy and effective.
Possibly the best advice though when starting to jog is to listen to your body. You want to adopt a pace that seems right for you, and your body will definitely tell you when you’re getting to ambitious.
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