Jump the Run!
If you’re thinking about picking up a healthy habit, like jogging, you’ve come to the right place! If there’s one thing that this year has taught us, is that looking after our bodies and staying healthy is very important. Running is one of the most enjoyable- and most effective – forms of cardio. Doing at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise every single day is essential to a healthy lifestyle, so you need to find something that won’t bore you to death. You shouldn’t regard working out as a chore – but as a self-care ritual. Running at a relatively slow pace for half an hour burns around 400 calories, so you can go ahead and indulge in that slice of cake after lunch. In addition to that, jogging pumps oxygenated blood to your organs, strengthening your veins and arteries. The stronger and more flexible the walls of your circulatory system are, the healthier your ticker will be. Plus, not that it matters, but it’s one of the only forms of exercise where you can see results within a week. Your first run might be slow and painful. You will be gasping for air and feeling pain in muscles you didn’t even know you had. The first week will be the hardest. As long as you can get over that initial bump, you’re definitely in it for the win. However, the reason I particularly enjoy jogging is that it builds a formidably strong link between your mind and your body. When I first took up running, I was surprised to see just how much pain I could power through solely by breathing through the discomfort; in and out, in and out. I was finally able to meditate and be alone with my thoughts. I’m happy to say that this has made me happier and more alert. I never used to be a morning person, but now I wake up excited to go out for a run!
Where to Start
The good thing about running is that, unlike swimming, tennis, or mountain biking, it doesn’t require any sort of equipment. The only two things you need are comfortable clothes and appropriate footwear. Do yourself a huge favor and buy the right kind of shoes for your feet. When it comes to running attire, there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all. You have to really assess your feet and go from there. If your tootsies are on the wider side, wearing narrow shoes can make for a painful and uncomfortable run that will leave you with blisters and sores. The best running shoes for wide feet are roomy enough to not hurt you, while still providing adequate support. Moreover, it’s important to determine whether you suffer from underpronation. While it might sound like an intimidating word, it basically means that your ankles don’t allow your feet to roll properly during your runs. In turn, this can put too much pressure on either your heels or the balls of your feet and can lead to improper running form. Once you get used to running that way, it’s not easy to unlearn the bad habit. If you suspect you might experience underpronation, check out this list of underpronation running shoes that will give you that added bit of support. No more unhappy feet!