Whatever way you look at it, running is a great way to get in shape. Running is one of the most effective and time-efficient forms of exercise for weight loss, muscle tone and keeping your heart and lungs (not to mention your mind) in tip-top condition. It’s also easy to get started. A pair of shoes and a comfy pair of Smartwool running socks are a great combination.
If you are interested in running here are a few tips to get started:
Regardless of your level of fitness, it will take a while for you to learn how to manage your breathing and find a steady pace that suits you. In these first running sessions it can be a good idea to alternate a minute of running with a minute of walking while you find your feet
Good posture will help lower the chances of getting a stitch - this is the last thing you want because it's likely to put you off running any further. Imagine there is a string running through the center of your body and pulling you up from the head. Your head should be high, your shoulders not hunched and your stomach muscles should be actively holding you upright
Make sure you're not bounding too high in the air (which is also not good for your joints) or shifting too much from side to side as you run - all your energy should be taking you forwards
Also, there's no need to take enormous strides. Shorter strides are generally a more economical use of your energy
There are many things to know and learn and products that help you run your best. From the brands we carry to the expert advice, The Outfitters is here to help you and stay safe.
The Outfitters Trail Running Group is a great way to run with others. The runs vary in length throughout the year and are intended for both beginners up to advanced runners.