We are now two months into the New Year already. How are those new year resolutions going? If you have stuck to them- well done, if not-let this post be the encouragement that you need to get back on track with your exercise goals. Don’t make excuses and be positive.
This blog is specifically aimed at people who are new to running.
Walking, jogging, running and exercise in general are extremely good for your health, both your physical and mental health. If like me you are seated a lot at work, it is important that where possible, we try to take those essential steps before or after work.
It can be tempting to really ‘go for it’ but my advice is to pace yourself. The key is to build it up gradually. Start at a slow pace doing intervals of walking and jogging. There are some good apps available to get you started. ‘Couch to 5k’ is a personal favourite of mine. Allow yourself ‘rest days’ so as not to overdo it.
It is important to do all that you can to remain injury free. You should always remember to warm up before and cool down after each session. There are plenty simple stretches that you can do. Below is a video link to give you some ideas.
I personally feel that you don’t need to spend lots of money on running gear when you’re starting out. Comfortable leggings/ shorts and a top should suffice. I do feel however, that you should invest in a pair of good running shoes. Wearing the correct trainers can also help in the prevention of injuries. There are a few characteristics to look for when choosing the correct shoes for you. Below is a guideline to help you.
If you are still in doubt as to what shoes to buy, you should seek the help of a professional who will be able to guide you. I personally like Asics, Brooks or New Balance for running, all of which can be bought locally in Ballina.
Set yourself a goal and this will help you to keep motivated. An example of a goal to strive for would be to complete the West of Ireland Women’s mini marathon which is taking place on Sunday 5th May this year. You don’t have to run the whole 10km. You can walk, jog or run at your own pace- whatever you are comfortable with. Perhaps you could get friends and family to do it with you and raise funds for a charity of your choice. Last year we at Step Ahead Footcare, along with friends and family, participated in this event and raised €1,620.00 for the Ballina branch of MS Ireland.
Below is a Facebook link to a short video that we put together from the day.
Here’s a short video from the mini marathon on Sunday😁 Keep an eye on our page to find out soon how much we raised😁
Publiée par Step Ahead Footcare sur Mercredi 9 mai 2018
Exercise can take its toll on the feet and lower limbs. You can refer to my previous blog on how to best look after your feet at home. If you have any concerns or queries please contact a Podiatrist. Happy running!!