10 Running Tips for Beginners to Lose Weight
If you’re looking for a low-cost, high impact activity to help you lose a few extra pounds, running is the best one there is. And because of that, every year, hundreds of people take to the roads and trails in their neighborhoods in the hopes of becoming a runner. Starting is easy, it’s sticking with it, developing the will power and persevering through the aches, pains and, yes, even boredom that’s tough. While running might seem easy, there are certain things you need to be aware of before you begin. That’s why we’ve compiled the top 10 best power tips for beginning runners – follow these tips for before and after your run and you’ll be sure to have the confidence you need as a new runner!
Before you run:
1. Don’t buy new sneakers….yet!
There’s no need to go out to the store and buy fancy, expensive new running shoes with the latest technology. As long as your runners aren’t super old and falling apart, your basic running shoe will do just fine. Once you’ve started running and it’s become a regular part of your routine, then you may want to invest in a good pair of running shoes. Make sure you go to a store that can properly fit you and give you the best advice for your needs.
2. Start slowly to build your confidence
You’re not going to be running a marathon anytime soon, so take it slow! Start out by running at a slower than normal pace and a shorter distance because it’s confidence building. If that feels good, add a bit more distance next time and your confidence will continue to build. Alternate by running and walking until your body adapts and you feel more powerful and more comfortable. Starting out slow will ensure you don’t get discouraged too easily and will help your body adapt to its new activity.
3. Look ahead
The most important thing to remember when you start to run is to relax! Keep your eyes looking forward (not at your shoes), and your arms swinging through your hips. Your feet should land directly beneath you, no need for any high knees here!
4. Run Outdoors
If you’re new to running, try outdoors first before you hit the treadmill. Running outdoors will eliminate some of the issues with form that come from leaning over on a treadmill. Running outside works your hamstrings and butt more than a treadmill. Plus you have the added bonus of some scenery and fresh air to help keep you interested in your run! Once you’ve mastered your stride and built up some leg strength, feel free to hit the treadmill on those rainy days.
5. A proper high impact sports bra is the key
Whether you have just a little or have big bust, wearing the right supportive bra is key to a good run. Choosing the best high impact sports bra is just as important as wearing the right shoes. You need to find one that is confidence building; supports you, feels good and looks attractive (because who doesn’t want to look good while they run)? SheFit’s Ultimate Sports Bra is the perfect solution to your running needs. Its patented adjustability is designed to give women the optimal fit by supporting you from all angles. Their multi-way sports bra allows you to configure the bra in two ways – across your back (in an x) or over the shoulder. The result? No bounce while you run – giving you the freedom to focus on your stride!
Here's the bottom line - wearing a proper high impact sports bra, regardless of breast size, has been proven to reduce or eliminate any pain women may experience. All athletes need support, whether beginner or experienced and Shefit’s Ultimate Sports Bra is an important part of it.
6. The optimal time to run
Try to avoid running right after a big meal or when you’re starving. Your body needs the right amount of fuel to keep you going during your run, but not too much where you feel weighed down. About an hour to two hours before you set out, eat a light snack or meal made up of simple carbs. Oatmeal, a banana, a bagel or another kind of bread will do the trick. Try not to eat anything spicy as it can promote indigestion or anything high in fiber as it can weigh you down.
7. Prevent boredom
One of the most common complaints about running is that it’s too boring or not exciting enough to keep you motivated. So keeping that in mind, try to prevent boredom before it strikes. Run with a friend, listen to music or occupy your mind by focusing on your breathing. Running can also be a great stress reliever and can help you clear your head after a busy day at the office.
After you run:
Stretching is super important and it’s not just for after your run. Make sure you do a warm up before you set out on your run with a brisk 5 minute walk and some dynamic stretches (high knees or butt kicks). After your run, always do a cool down (walking for 5 minutes) and stretches that target your calf muscles, thighs, butt and IT bands.
It’s important that you have something to eat after your run to help your body rebuild muscle and increase strength. Eat a snack or meal with some protein and carbohydrates like chocolate milk, greek yogurt, or a banana with peanut butter. Make sure you dig in within an hour of your run to reap the full benefits of your meal! Eating smart is an important key to self-improvement.
10. Drink water
This one might seem like an obvious one but it’s still important power tip worth mentioning. Your body needs water, especially after a sweat session like a run. The more you sweat, the more you need to replenish lost fluids. An extra glass or two throughout the day should do the trick to keep you hydrated and healthy!
Running is by far one of the best exercises for self-improvement and building confidence. You can run to increase your cardio and it helps you lose weight too. It can be hard to get started (and stay motivated), but armed with the power tips above, a good pair of running shoes and your SheFit high impact sports bra, you’ll be ready to hit the pavement in no time!