Sunday, October 14, 2012

How to Start Running Without Injury or Burnout

First run horror scenarios are common, but preventable nonetheless. In fact, if you never ran before or are out-of-shape, then running is going to be a little painful because your body is not yet conditioned to the high impact activity. Fortunately, you can keep the discomfort at bay by taking walk breaks and keeping your pace under control. This is what is known as the walk-run-walk program.

The Walk/Run

The walk-run-walk training recipe is the ideal approach for boosting fitness level without risking injury or burnout. Usually opting for this method lets you catch your breath and protects your joints and muscle from any premature damage.

How It Is Done?
 This beginner’s program consists of alternating between running intervals (shedding pounds and improving fitness) and walking boots (for recovery). The length and intensity of each interval depends on your fitness status and training goals. 

For The Beginner

If you’re a beginner, then aim for a 30-second run, interspersed with one-full minute recovery. And as you get fitter, make sure to take less walking breaks and boost the time spent running until you’re able to run straight for 30-minutes without much trouble.

A guest post by David Dack

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