Friday, 4 April 2014

How to Start Jogging: Top 10 Tips

Hello and welcome to Fitness Fridays, ow yes I am dedicating an entire to day the thing most of us women hate. How clever am I (ties nouse around neck). I'm quite a newbie to this running business but I've definitely learnt a few things along the way so here's my top 10 running tips.

• Invest in a good pair of trainers - They don't need to be the most expensive but you do need to buy an ACTUAL running trainer. Not wearing the correct footwear will not only make your first run extremely difficult but you will cause injury to yourself usually the ankles and knees from the lack of support. 

Here's my dirty pair of Adidas.

• Get a check up at the doctors - If there is any little niggles that have been worrying you get them checked. Whether it be a sitting chest infection or a slight pain in your knee, its always safer to make sure your at optimum health. 

•  Start small - If you haven't done much fitness before don't try to push yourself too hard. Try starting at a mile and gradually increase your your miles by half's. 

• Download a tracker - There is some fab Apps on Android and iStore to aid with running. My personal favorite is Map my run. It tracks your route, distance, speed and calorie burn. You can also link it up too my fitness pal if your wanting to count the calories.

My favorite sports and health apps on iPhone

• Eat before running - I can't stress this enough. Please don't attempt to do any form of exercise before eating. This doesn't mean going for a meal and stuffing you chops full. Banana'a, fruit smoothies or protein shakes are great for upping your stamina and giving you a slow release of energy while exercising. Have a look at this post with easy smootie receipes.  

• Plan your route - Have a quick nosey on Map my run and plan a route to stick too so you can easily achieve your planned distance. Remember when you run somewhere you need to get back. 

• Treat your self to something funky - Generally as women we get some form of high from shopping and buying nice things, so treat yourself to a funky gadget or pair of running leggings. 

• Practice run - This may sound like the most ludicrous tip but this really works. Set up your tracker and jog round your house or garden to practice achieving a steady pace. It's a lot harder than you think and it's very easy to just "leg it" 

• Make a playlist - A good song blasting in your ears can help not only steer you on but it aids in keeping a steady pace. The quicker the song the quicker you will run. Find music that you feel inspires you and you can relate some emotion too. My favorite songs to run to are Florence and the machine- Say my name and David Guetta- Titanium.

• Don't stop - If you follow these tips and decide to head out of the door then this is the best advice I can give. If you find yourself short for breath or a sharp stitch don't stop moving this will not only make it worse but you probably won't be able to carry on. Instead slow your pace down to a slow jog or a fast walk this keeps the heart rate up but gives you chance to recover. Slow and steady wins the race. 

Bonus Tip: Enjoy it and embrace the feeling of achievement. Running is one of the cheapest and most effective ways to tone up and lose weight. More than anything I find it empowering once I start running I don't want to stop. 

Miss Savvy getting fitter
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  1. I've been thinking of starting to go jogging and this is so great. Will be bookmarking this :) Thank you.
    Vicki x

    What A Little Pickle

    1. Your welcome hunny. Good luck. Taking the first step out of the door is the hardest. Once you've done that you will hooked. Clare xx

  2. Some great tips that I really must take on board!

    Laura x | Life and Lipstick

    1. Hope they will help in some way Hun. Clare xx

  3. Great post, these tips are super helpful! I really want to start jogging but I've never been a runner. How long would you recommend to wait after eating before you go for a jog? x

    1. I hope they help you hunny. If your eating something like a smootie or another recommended pre-run food then once finished grab your trainers and head out. These types of food help your energy and stamina levels. Xx


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