Running, it’s the marmite of cardio.
It’s also one of the easiest things to get into if you want to look to start a fitness journey. It’s a low-cost and a quick way to kick-start your fitness game and you’re free to go at your own pace- literally.
Personally I have a love hate relationship with running.
I love that I can run anywhere. I love that I can run for any amount of time. I love that I can run solo. I love that I can run with a friend. I love putting in my headphones and getting lost in an audio book or podcast.
Here’s why, it’s scientifically proven that running (a little) each day has immense long-lasting health benefits; physical AND mental! I’ve talked a few times about how important I think exercise is and running has been proven to reduce risks of all kinds of conditions, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, and it reduces anxiety!
RUNNING MAKES YOU HAPPIER
Don’t believe me, check out one of the many books about running, Eat, Drink, Run or Running like a girl. Or my personal favourite Jog On by Bella Mackie , this book was so emotional and educational I ran everyday just to spend time alone listening to it.
That brings me to another plus about running. I think we can all admit that as great as social media is it can be overwhelming and we all need a break. When you’re running (or swimming) you can’t be on your phone, it’s not possible. It’s an activity that gives you time to be you. Whether you shut yourself off to mysterious c and your own thoughts or you get lost in one of the million audio options available.
Running is you time.
Whether you’re a beginner keen to break into the running world or a marathon pro check out the below tips for staying motivated and looking after your skin all year round.
Tip 1: A new top never hurt no body
It’s an undeniable fact we all love nice new things, and when our clothes fit we want to show them off. Running can be quite self conscious especially to start with so make sure you’re comfy.
Also don’t forget the high impact bra. Honestly years ago when I decided to get fit I thought I’d try running because it’s free… I lasted 10 minutes running around my block twice VERY slowly and I had no sports bra and I was well let’s say blessed in the chest.
By the time I got home I collapsed on the sofa, the world was spinning and my cleavage was red raw and bleeding slightly where my bra had rubbed and my boobs had bounced. It took me a while to get back out there after this.
Tip 2: Start Running
Nobody’s expecting you to run a marathon next week, and if you are signed up to I’m sure you’ve been training for a while. Point is talking it slow to start and building up is natural. There are so many great apps to help you get started like coach to 5k.
If you want to start running, you need to actually start to run,
If my first run story above doesn’t help listen to jog on, each chapter is an inspiring look into how Bella Mackey built up her distance by running up and down a ally way each night.
Start easy with 10-30 seconds runs, followed by a 1-2 minute walk for the whole duration of your first run. Remember it doesn’t matter how fast you’re going or how many times you stop. You’re lapping the people sat on the sofa.
Tip 3: Your skin is suffering with you
Most people don’t think about this but I’m crazy when it comes to looking after myself and I know for a fact that running in the sun, in the wind, in the rain etc whatever the weather my skin is going to suffer. Always match your skincare to the season. In winter you’ll need thicker moisturiser to stop your skin drying out and always wash your face after.
Don’t forget the SPF… I get this is easy to forget on overcast rainy days. However UVA and UVB are still always present and if you want to keep that workout glow wrinkle free a layer of SPF each day goes a long way!
Tip 4: Fuel Your Body
Want your body to perform? Fuel it right!
Food for me is so important not only do I love getting in the kitchen but I’m always looking how I can incorporate food that’s going to benefit my body.
Sugary sweets and fizzy drinks will not give you the energy you need to get through a run, there’s no nutritional value here so you can’t expect to gain anything (apart from a couple of unwanted pounds) by eating them.
Always think vegetables and fruit. Bananas are a great pre run snack (I may sneak some peanut butter on there as well).
The most important thing your body needs from you pre and post run… water.
Tip 5: Just do you
just do you… May be some of the worlds greatest advice and applies to every situation in life.
If there’s someone over taking you, or some annoying car going slow beeping its horn while shouting at you. Yes it’s uncomfortable and no person should be subjected to that, but just keep going. Just do you. Remember your why and even on the worst days, you’ll feel better for putting on those trainers and getting out the door.
Want to see your progress? Keep a journal or use an app like Strava, it’ll will track your map give you insights into your run and you can make notes and add pictures.
I hope these simple steps help get you going or remind you of the basics that can easily be forgotten (although I’m never forgetting the spf!)
What’s your top tip for running?
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