Warmer weather is approaching, we’ve hopefully seen the last of the snow, and now is the perfect time of the year to get outside and start moving. Many people take this time to find new trails or running areas, and if you want to join them on a run this spring but have no idea how to start a running program, then have no fear. You're not alone.
Like any new activity, running can be exciting to start, but difficult to keep up with, and many people think there is no way they can fit a new exercise program into their busy day, but if you make a plan and find just 30 minutes a day, then you too can succeed with running. Everyone wants to know the secret to stick with their running plan or how to become the best.
Well, the secrets out… You just have to be patient.
Unfortunately, that may not be the answer you’re looking for, but it will be the answer that works. It would be great if we could go from a couple days a week doing cardio at the gym, to running a marathon in just a few short weeks. But your lungs, legs, and musculoskeletal system– basically all the bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments in your body would not be able to keep up.
No matter what your current fitness level, the following program will be there for your use. Try this introduction to running workout 3-4 times a week. Not only will this running program give you a solid plan to stick to, but it will help ensure that you’re not pushing your body, whether that be your lungs, legs, or musculoskeletal system too hard.
But remember, if at any point in this program you feel like you can’t keep up, that’s ok! Just slow down and be patient, and your body will learn how to catch up.
Starting and going slowly, even if it tests your patience, is important! If your patience is running thin and you start thinking there’s no way you can keep up, don’t stop. Just keep going and try some of these tips to focus on the positives, and stay on track!