вторник, 24 мая 2016 г.

How to Become a Runner Even if You Think You Hate Running

How to Become a Runner Even if You Think You Hate Running


How to Become a Runner Even if You Think You Hate Running


Non-runners tend to share one distinct talent: They're brilliant at making excuses. But unless you're legitimately injured, there's no good reason to write off one of the simplest physical activities \u2014 regardless of your current fitness level.


Even if you're all like, \"I get it, I walk,\" know that running and walking are fairly different: Running is an impact sport, which means it sends shocks up your body that activate your muscles, ligaments, and tendons, and promote bone density, says Elizabeth Corkum, a New York-based running coach. At the end of the day, running will always deliver a superior cardio workout compared to walking, she adds. And once you stop making excuses? It feels pretty badass to call yourself a runner.


Luckily, almost anyone can turn a basic walk into a run without hating life. Some things to keep in mind:


You probably don't need to buy new sneakers. While you shouldn't run in decrepit, decades-old sneakers, which probably lack support and set you up for injury, you don't need to go out and buy fancy shoes designed specifically for running \u2014 so there go your first few excuses.


Start slow. Focusing on speed early on can be discouraging and lead to injuries. So keep the pace easy \u2014 you should be able to hold a conversation while you run \u2014 and alternate between running and walking until your body adapts. If you're completely out of breath at any point during your run, you're probably moving too fast.


Opt for outdoor runs, weather permitting. Corkum tells new runners to begin outdoors because it prevents form issues triggered by hunching over the treadmill's console. Another thing: Because you have to push off solid ground with every step you take outdoors, running outside activates your hamstrings and butt more than running on a moving treadmill band. Once you cement your stride and build leg strength outdoors (i.e., complete the plan below!), you can totally take to the treadmill.


No, you don't need to carb-load. Serious runners often need more carbohydrates and protein than the average Jane, but as a newbie, you don't need to overhaul your diet.


Avoid running when you're starving or stuffed. About 90 to 120 minutes before you set out, eat a light snack or meal made up of simple carbs, which are easy to digest into fuel and will go easy on your stomach. Oatmeal, a banana, a bagel, or other kinds of bread fit the bill. Skip spicy foods, which can promote indigestion, and high-fiber bars, which can weigh you down. And avoid overeating \u2014 your body will be tied up with the task of digesting instead of devoting its energy to your run.


Prevent boredom before it strikes. Run with a friend, listen to music or a podcast, or occupy your mind by focusing on your breathing and form with a mantra (like, \"inhale, exhale\" \u2014 it's rhythmic and enormously distracting). Another trick Corkum recommends: Count strides or traffic lights.


Warm up with a brisk five-minute walk to get your muscles ready to do their thing. You can also throw in some dynamic stretches (like high knees or butt kicks), but save the static stretches (like touching your toes, etc.) until after your run.


~AfTeR YoU RuN~*


Cool down and stretch. Walk for five minutes, then complete a series of runner's stretches \u2014 they'll target your calf muscles, the front of your thighs, the back of your thighs, your butt, and your IT bands (they run along the outside of your thigh between your knee and hip). While general soreness can still last for a few days and is OK to run through, look out for any sharp, isolated pain points. If it lingers in a specific spot, don't run through it \u2014 see a doctor.


Eat! This is the part you've been waiting for. The foods you eat after you exercise help your body rebuild its muscles, which translates into measurable improvements in your strength and stamina. Corkum recommends eating a snack or meal with some protein and carbohydrates: Chocolate milk, Greek yogurt, or a banana with peanut butter are all appropriate and tasty options. (After all, you earned it!) Dig in within an hour after you stop sweating to maximize the benefits.


Drink water. The more you run, the more you sweat, the more you need to drink to replace lost fluids. Drinking throughout the day can help \u2014 you shouldn't need more than an extra glass or two to offset your exercise.


~YoUr pLaN~*


Work your way up to a 30-minute nonstop run \u2014 and the bragging rights that come with it \u2014 with this seven-week plan designed by Corkum. You'll perform timed runs three times a week on non-consecutive days without worrying about the distance or pace. Just run at your own speed, and you can always pick things up for a challenge. Good luck!


Original article and pictures take http://www.cosmopolitan.com/health-fitness/how-to/a47277/how-to-start-running site

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