Two Simple Steps to Start Running

Running provides a very inexpensive way to burn calories and exercise. Personally, running reduces stress and clears my mind. So, although running may not offer a direct financial benefit running can help you stay in shape and provides psychological benefits.

1. Conquer the First Step

On a cold dark morning, the first step out of the door (or maybe bed) is the hardest. More times than not, simply walking out the door for a run is 75% of the battle. If you can get up and out, you are likely going to get your run in. So, when you’re not feeling it – simply just go for a walk. After about half a mile, your blood will be pumping and you’ll probably want to run. Imagine that.

2. Start Slow

If you are a beginning runner, set a very basic goal. Do not set a goal to run a 6 minute mile average in a 5k. No, your goal should be to enjoy getting out and relaxing on a short and easy run/walk. You can push yourself later.

Read — “Born to Run” by Chris McDougal. Although the book starts a little slow, you will put the book down and strap on your running shoes.

There is not much else more satisfying than knowing that you’ve got your run in for the day.