5 Running Tips
Whether you are a seasoned runner or you are
just about to embark upon this great way of keeping
fit - following some basic tips can help to ensure
that you get the best out of your run.
www.whichrunningshoes.co.uk has prepared the
following (but by no means exhaustive!) 5 top tips to
help you on your way.
1) Allow time to warm
up & cool down
It is really important to work a warm up and cool down
into your running
schedule by working through some
mild cardiovascular work and stretching. A warm up
increases blood flow to your muscles and promotes your
flexibility preparing them for the
exercise ahead. Cooling down by
stretching your muscles at the end of your run helps
prevent soreness and stiffness.
2) Get equipped
The great thing about running is that you don't need
much equipment. However there are some key bits and
bobs that will make things a lot easier. We have
already mentioned running shoes, these should be
changed at least every year or 500 miles. If you need
a pair but are unsure which ones are right for you
then take our 'wet
Comfort is key to enjoying your run, wearing
waterproof clothing, good socks and a sports bra all
help.... and last but not least please ensure that you
are visible on your run with adequate reflective gear.
Check out our accessories
page for some recommendations.
3) Plan your run
Have a route in mind when you set out on your run.
This will really help give structure and provide the
all important motivation to continue with your
program. Use Google
Maps to plan your route or if you have a
smartphone why not use a GPS
watch or download a free app like Runkeeper to track
and share your progress with like-minded runners.
4) Find a running
Having someone to run with of a similar ability is a
great way to keep motivated and reach your goals. If
your friends or colleagues are not stepping up to the
plate then joining a running club is a perfect way to
tap into a ready resource of running buddys, just
Google one near you!
5) Be aware of fluid
Remember that we are roughly 80% water and when we
exercise we loose some of that water. It is important
that these stocks are replenished regularly. A
healthy, balanced diet is key and pasta, rice,
wholgrain foods should form the base of your meals to
provide slow-release energy. For more information on
fluid and nutrition for runners take a look at the Bupa
Running Nutrition website.