With the summer finally upon us, there is no excuse to burrow back into your duvet and forget all about that early morning run. It is time to throw back the door, lace up your running shoes and get moving. But before you hit the streets, it is vital that you prepare your body to avoid sustaining an injury. Follow these simple tips to improve your fitness and ensure your run is as enjoyable as possible …
Rework the Diet
Believe it or not, diet can actually be key to a successful run. The impact of running places a great deal of pressure on joints, muscles and tendons and carrying extra bodyweight can increase this pressure significantly. By improving your diet, you can lose weight and in turn ease the pressure on your body. Before a run, try to avoid unhealthy, fatty foods as these are difficult for your body to break down, which can leave you feeling lethargic and demotivated. Likewise, running on an empty stomach can leave you feeling unwell. Instead, opt for foods that contain carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats, as these are excellent stores of energy that will sustain you for the length of your run. Remember to drink lots of water too, to keep hydrated.
As well as preparing your body, it is essential that you have the correct equipment for your run. Footwear is the most important factor to consider before a run. An ill-fitting, unsuitable or uncomfortable trainer can lead to discomfort and could potentially lead to an injury. These Nike running shoes, available from Millet Sports, are a good all-rounder that you can use for everyday wear as well as running. With a thick sole to cushion the foot, the breathable material of these shoes keep the feet cool whilst the reflective stripes make sure you are safe and seen. Also, invest in some specialist running clothing that are specially designed to maintain your body temperature, keeping you cool in hot weather and warm in cold weather.
Quality over Quantity
Whilst you may want to dive straight into running, the trick is to build up your running ability and the length of your routes gradually. Starting with an overly ambitious distance can not only cause injury and tiredness, but potentially discourage you from running again. Start with manageable length runs that will ease you in and try to break up your running with low impact activities like swimming or biking. These are easier on the body and are perfect to give your body a break whilst still building strength.
By following all of these tips, you will be in prime condition to start running and building up your fitness.