How to Choose the Right Shoes for Your Workout In 2019 Although it might seem obvious to throw on any old clothes and sports shoes to go out running especially if you’re just getting started with just a little bit of thought your runs can be a whole lot easier . Most important is what you wear on your feet: any type of sports shoe with arch and heel support is ﬁne in a word trainers. Flatesoled shoes such as Converses or plimsolls aren’t suitable and neither is old worn-out footwear or fashion trainers. The support in sports trainers spreads and absorbs the impact of your feet hitting the ground. Flatesolecl shoes don’t do this forcing your joints and muscles to absorb all the shock. In the short term this is uncomfortable in the long term it will cause severe joint pain. You won’t regret spending money on trainers from a proper sports store; the lighter weight and greater comfort are obvious right away. What you wear on top is less important at this stage: shorts above the knee are always best; with thermals underneath if it’s cold. Any cotton t shirt is ﬁne in mild conditions but if you fancy braving the windier and wetter clays there’s plenty of kit suited to running in freezing cold or blistering heat.
It is also important to consider when you are going to run and where you are going to do it. When a lot of people starting running by themselves they adopt the mentality that they should run as much as possible regardless of how they feel. Do this and you’re already setting yourself up for a fall: if you’re feeling miserable you’ll likely have a bad run (though it could turn your mood around). if you’re tired you won’t run as far or as well as you normally would and will tire yourself out for the next day’s run. lf you ﬁnd yourself seriously dragging your heels give it a miss: rest up and give it a proper effort tomorrow. It’s a win win situation. That said if you’ve got a spare half hour and feel up for it go for a twenty-minute run. It doesn’t need to be a planned or drastic event and you’ll be surprised at how fresh you’ll feel afterwards. When you do venture outdoors pick an interesting place to run. A gym can be the most convenient but it’s easily the most boring plodding away on a treadmill. Running through a park or along a scenic route is much more visually stimulating and likely to increase your motivation. Soft ﬁrm surfaces such as playing ﬁelds and clay running tracks (if you’re lucky to have access to one) are best for joints. Be careful when running on uneven surfaces such as forest trails or ﬁelds as you don’t want to sprain an ankle.
The distance and pace of your run are entirely up to you. Only you know how far you can push your selfon any given day. Fear not there is some advice that can be given to you: if you’re just starting out on this whole ‘running’ thing the simple advice is to just go for it listen to your body and stop when you feel you’ve gone far enough (and before you do yourself any permanent damage). The pace should always be more or less the samewhen beginning starting with a gentle jog — fast enough to comfortably cruise past someone walking. Too fast and your own opinion on your ﬁtness will plummet when you tire out ﬁve minutes down the road. lf this is the case next time you run just try it a little slower and see how well you do. Work out the distance and time afterwards note them down and see how you compare after a few more excursions. Keeping track of your accomplishments is the key to maintaining motivation. It might also improve your performance to consider your technique as there is of course slightly more to ‘proper’ running than simply placing one foot in front of the other.