There is a reason that running is officially ranked as the most popular activity around the world. It’s hard to believe that when it first originated it was just for practical reasons. Our ancestors relied on this skill in order to hunt for food millions of years ago, but it was never used for recreation. It became more sport-like in Ireland in the early 19th century when it was introduced as one of the events for a fitness challenge. After that, the modern-day Olympics embraced the sport of running in the late 19th century, but it wasn’t done outdoors for fun until the 1960s. Before people found pleasure in the sport of running, there were only indoor treadmills and they were used as a punishment for prison inmates.
Now that running has entered mainstream society, people can easily see all of its benefits. Some people run in order to lose extra weight, while some people do it in order to increase levels of “feel good” endorphins that provide more energy, wakefulness, and feelings of happiness. Participating in races or setting new running milestones can help you set personal goals. It can be very satisfying to achieve a goal. When you feel better, both physically and mentally, your self-esteem is naturally increased, which helps you with all other aspects of your life. In addition, despite it seeming like a solo activity, the running community can be a very social group of peers who can offer support and encouragement.
It is very important to keep a few things in mind before you begin a running regime. One of the biggest mistakes you can do is too much too quickly. Somebody who is starting out learning how to run should maintain a ratio of 4:1 at first – walking for four minutes, then running for one minute. This ratio will change as you further improve your workout routine.
Another issue that can not only impede your progress but also cause injuries, is wearing incorrect attire and shoes. It is very important to buy the right shoes for your gait. Your strides and form are the other issues that need to be evaluated before you begin to start running on a regular basis. There are several different schools of thought regarding proper running form, but the consensus seems to be avoiding landing on your heel. The shock of directly and repeatedly landing on it can cause plantar fasciitis or shin splints.
In addition to the lower body, the upper part is important as well. Holding your head high and keeping your shoulders down and relaxed will keep your spine aligned.