My weight has always been a real battle. With more ups than downs, I am often starting and stopping a diet. I’ve never been very thin, in fact I’m often described as curvy. I’ve tried very hard to maintain a positive body image, especially as the mother of 4 girls, but it’s really a constant struggle. I can’t say that I’m happy with my body and I really wanted to change that feeling.
After I had my 4th child, I decided to really make a change. I decided to start exercising and eating right. I knew it was going to be hard, but I knew it was going to be worth it. I wanted to be able to chase after my girls and I wanted to fit into clothes not bought on the plus sized racks. When I was deciding on the right exercise program for me, I found something that I love to do…run.
Running for beginners can be daunting at first. Following these steps helped me when starting a new exercise program.
- Get clearance from your doctor. Yes that’s right, go to your doctor. If you are anything like me, the only doctor I regularly see is my OB/GYN. It’s important to make sure you are going to be able to handle the physical exertion This is extremely important especially if you are a little extra fluffy like me.
- Find a running partner. Everything is easier with support. When I started training again after having my youngest, I enlisted a friend to run with. As we’ve been running, our group has grown. You will feel safer running with a partner as well. Running for beginners can be overwhelming, so it feels best when you have a friend to help you with the ups and downs of starting a serious exercise program.
- Get the proper gear. It’s important to have the right shoes, clothes and accessories. You need something to hold your cell phones or keys. Something like Portapocket.
Portapocket is hands free detachable carrying case designed to hold your phone, keys, money…whatever. You can use it when running as a secure pocket for your phone so you can hear your music and your GPS tracker. I also found that I could put my car’s remote keyless entry in the pocket and secure it around my ankle. Portapocket is awesome if you are going on vacation and need a secure place to store your credit cards. You can strap it to your arm, thigh, or ankle. Portapockets are available in many sizes and even have blinged out versions.
Portapocket made me feel confident that my belongings were secure when I set out for a run.
- Select a program specifically focused on running for beginners. This could be a interval program such as Couch to 5K, or one of the other various programs available out there. Just understand that following the program will be the best way to train your body, so don’t give up and stick with it!
- Find a running route. Make sure if you are running outside that you are familiar with the area. Sometimes the route you choose will have elevations that will make your runs a bit more difficult. It’s important to know where you are going, and to let your family know where you run for safety purposes.
I find it really fun to pick a local 5K to participate in. It helps me have a goal to work towards so I’m always trying to improve how I run. These aren’t the only steps to consider when starting a running program, but I hope they help. Hopefully you will enjoy running as much as I do!
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