Happiness

Running Your Way Towards Becoming a Happier Person

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Posted By Alex Perez - Mental Health Writer, B.A.

Recent research showed that running makes us happier. So we decided to show you how to start running today.

Running is one of the best cardio workouts, and many people choose to run to experience a runner’s high. Whether you choose to run for health benefits like weight loss or just want to enjoy getting some activity in your day, running takes practice. If you live a sedentary lifestyle, running will be difficult at first.

The more you run, the easier it will get and the more enjoyable it will become. While it might seem simple to start running, it can actually be difficult if you’re not used to it. You can learn a few basic techniques to make running easier to take full advantage of this workout. Here are simple ways to start running and get all of the health benefits of cardio and being active.

7 Simple Ways to Start Running and Become Happier

1.  Set a Routine

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To get into the habit of running, you need to start a routine. This takes commitment, but once you get used to going for a run, you can set yourself on autopilot and make running a part of your everyday routine. Before you set a routine, think about your schedule and when you have the most energy.

If you’re someone who has the most energy in the morning after waking up, consider going for a run before you make your breakfast. On the flip side, if you prefer to run at night as a way to help you get your mind off of a long day of work, you can also start a nighttime running routine; it’s up to you and your personal preferences and lifestyle.

Don’t try to run too hard too fast right off the bat; instead, start running for just a few minutes a day until you get the hang of it. Running can be exhausting, so don’t run too far unless you know you can make it back. Instead, try running for ten minutes a day until your body adjusts to your new fitness routine.

2.  Buy Running Shoes

Nothing will motivate you more than getting the proper gear for running. By getting running shoes, you can set yourself up for success and make running easier on your feet. Depending on where you choose to run, you might want to find specific shoes. For example, if you plan to run on a trail, you might need shoes with extra support.

3.  Prevent Injury

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Running can be dangerous if you’re doing it wrong. To prevent injury, always warm up before you start working out. You can warm up by walking or going for a slow jog for a few minutes before you increase intensity. You should do this every time you run because it’s not safe for your body to run without getting your blood flowing and stretching your muscles.

You can also prevent injury by being safe during your run. For example, you shouldn’t run against traffic because you can easily get hit by a car. You should also always carry your ID and cell phone just in case of an emergency.

4.  Try Running and Walking

If you’re new to running, you’ll need to get into the swimming of things. You can use the run/walk method to ensure you’re active even if you can’t run for long periods. Walking between running intervals can help you build endurance without causing stress on your joints, and it can keep you active even if you’re not going full speed.

When first starting out, you can run for a minute, then walk for a minute and repeat this process for up to ten minutes. This method can help you build muscle and get your lungs and heart used to cardio.

5.  Use Proper Form

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Running requires the proper form to prevent injury and make the experience more comfortable. Even though running is natural, you can’t run correctly if you’re exercising with poor posture. Proper running form can help you run faster and better to help you conserve energy and improve your pace while running longer distances.

Keeping your posture upright is key. Your head should be lifted with your back straight and shoulders relaxed. While running, try not to lean forward or backward, which you might do if you start to get tired. As you run for a longer time, consider your shoulders as they may start to hunch.

You should also swing your arms naturally at the shoulder instead of the elbow and keep your hands relaxed. You can gently make a first or cup your hands. However, avoid clenching them to avoid tension in your arms and shoulders.

6.  Treat Your Body Well

Most people run with a goal in mind, such as improving their health. However, you can’t improve your health without committing to other areas of your life, including nutrition and hydration. With proper nutrition, you’ll avoid sugar and junk foods that can slow you down and make you feel like not going for a run.

Additionally, you should ensure proper hydration before, during, and after a run. Bring a water bottle with you because as you sweat, you lose water no matter how warm or cool it is outside. Drinking more water can help you stay active and avoid dehydration, which can cause headaches and lethargy.

7.  Stay Motivated

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It can be difficult to stay motivated when starting a new workout routine, but it’s key to ensuring you continue to build healthy lifestyle habits like running. When you first start running, you’ll feel excited to start a new fitness routine, but over time, you might find running boring, or it might take a backseat to other important activities going on in your life. You can stay motivated in several ways, including getting a running buddy or tracking your progress and seeing results.

Final Thoughts

Starting a new fitness routine is hard, especially if you’ve never been a runner, and the key is taking it slow and avoiding foods that can slow you down. Additionally, you should try to run every day to help you build a routine and make exercising easier no matter how exhausted you think you are after work.

Guest post by Marné Amoguis
Marne Amoguis

Marné Amoguis holds a B.A. in International Business from UC San Diego. She is a contributing writer at 365businesstips.com where she loves sharing her passion for digital marketing. Outside of writing, she loves traveling, playing music, and hiking.

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