I am a total rookie when it comes to running. I can barely do 5-10 minutes jogging at a 5-6 on the treadmill (at least that is what I did today). I heard intervals are the way to go, but not sure how to get started. Any joggers/runners want to shoot me some advice?
Also, I don't do well on treadmills (I fall off them) and I prefer land but have access to a treadmill if needed to build endurance.
I will also be using a jogging stroller lugging my 2 little muchkins around.. so that might make a difference when I am not at the gym.
Start out slow and work your way up. Do a little at a time and increase how fast and how long your run gradually. Bring a CD player or an iPod. Studies show that people who listen to music while exercising get more out of a workout. You can also begin your exercise by bouncing on an aerobic trampoline. 5 minutes of bouncing is equivalent to 15 minutes of jogging. Always stretch and warm up before a run. Drink lots of water and stay hydrated (don't gulp or you'll get cramps). Always wear new and sturdy running shoes to minimize the impact on your joints. While weighted shoes or ankle weights will expedite your weight loss and toning, they also do damage on your bones and joints in the long run so I don't recommend using them. Good luck!
Answer by NovemberLove at 5:27 PM on Feb. 18, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 5:40 PM on Feb. 18, 2009
Pain is an indicator that something is wrong. Experiencing pain during exercise is a big reason why people who try exercise stop, never to try it again. While exercise isn't always easy, forcing yourself to work out while in pain does nothing for you. It is better to gradually work yourself up to a good level than to throw yourself into an intense level, be absolutely sore for a month and hate it. This isn't a professional sport we're talking about here, it is exercise to maintain and everyday healthy lifestyle. There is a such thing as over-doing it.
Answer by NovemberLove at 5:44 PM on Feb. 18, 2009
Answer by drpepper73 at 8:30 PM on Feb. 18, 2009
Totally start off slow! I am NOT into pain myself, so I would recommend starting off with a brisk walk, (about 30 mins a day) and build up to a longer - more intense workout gradually. Good luck!
Answer by Bijou.I at 9:15 PM on Feb. 18, 2009
Answer by swrockhead at 7:54 AM on Feb. 19, 2009