Beginners Overweight Running Tips
If you’re a beginner overweight runner, then you’ve come to the right place and you’re making the right decision for your health and well-being. Congratulations! Running is one the best sports of all times. Not only it will instantly help you lose weight, it’ll also improve your fitness level, reduce stress levels and the risk of cardiovascular diseases, and so on.
As a result, here are 4 beginner tips for overweight runners
Beginner Running Tip 1: Believe In Yourself
Running for overweight people is no easy task. Usually being overweight means being out-of-shape. Nevertheless, believing in your latent capabilities can make miracles happen. See, beliefs are like commands to you mind. Therefore, if you believe that you can’t become a true runner and make the cut, then the chances of attaining your outcomes are pretty slim.
As a result, you should build a strong belief in yourself and what you’re capable of achieving. One way you can do this is by visualizing success every step of the way. Visualization techniques are proven to enhance motivation and performance in all areas of life. So why not use them with your running program.
Beginner Running Tip 2: Build Up Gradually
Most beginner runners make the mistake of doing too much too soon. This is a big blunder and can lead to a myriad of injuries and health problems. Expect burnout and disappointment if you opt for this approach. Of course, you may be excited about your new endeavor and want to take it to the next level, but you may not be able to run at all at first, especially if you’ve been out-of-shape for a long time.
As a result, a better approach is start slowly and build the intensity up gradually. For instance, on week No. 1, you walk only for 25 minutes 3 to 5 times a week; no running here yet. On week No. 2, you alternate between 30 seconds of running and 1 minute or more of walking. And as the training progresses forward, you add more running time and shorten up the walking boots until you can run straight for 30 minutes without much huffing and puffing.
Beginner Running Tip 3: Check Your Pulse
One easy way to make sure that you’re not doing too much too soon is to check your heart rate throughout the training program. Checking your pulse on a regular basis can provide you with valuable feedback. For instance, if your heart rate in the morning is way high—6 to 12 beats per minute—than its normal level, then you’re definitely doing too much and causing unnecessary strain on your heart and cardiovascular system.
The best time to check your pulse is in the morning. Count your hear beats per minute and jog it down on your running log or journal. You should notice a steady improvement in your pulse as your training progresses forward. As you get fitter and stronger, your heart will become much more efficient at pumping blood through your body and working muscles, and thus it’ll need less beats per minute to do the same task for you as before. Therefore, expect your normal heart rate to drop as you get stronger and fitter.
Beginner Running Tip 4: Keep a running log
You can not improve on what you can’t measure. This is true whether you’re the CEO of a 500 fortune company or just aiming to improve your fitness level. As a beginner runner, a training log can help you keep track of your progress. Your training feedback is essential for success and constant improvement.
On a running log, you’ll basically keep track of the distance, time and type of workout on schedule. In addition, you can clearly inscribe your fitness and weight loss goal on your running log so you can never lose sight of the big prize. Doing so will boost your motivation and determination through the roof.
I’ve found these tips to be very helpful. However, if you don’t take action on what you’ve learned, nothing will ever change. Your success will depend entirely on the speed of implementation. So, make sure to do try them out but don’t feel the need to follow them verbatim.
About the author:
David DACK is a runner and an established author on weight loss, motivation and fitness.
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