Tuesday,23 April, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1367, (2 - 8 November 2017)
Tuesday,23 April, 2019
Issue 1367, (2 - 8 November 2017)

Ahram Weekly

Running for fitness

Let’s talk about better living! Our interactive family corner aims to expand our lifestyle horizons with practical little pearls of wisdom from the editor and input from our reader

Running for fitness
Running for fitness

Don’t belong to a gym? Have too tight a schedule to work out? Whatever your constraints or excuses might be, if you really want to exercise you can still run. Taking a running break from a stressful lifestyle can help you feel more refreshed and ready to go.

Running also enhances your overall aerobic performance and improves your general health and fitness. It burns calories, strengthens your joints, makes the brain pump out feel-good chemicals, and gives some of your most important muscles a good workout. 

According to a study published by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, running five to 10 minutes a day even at slow speeds is associated with a drastically reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. In addition, research shows that running can raise the levels of “good cholesterol” while also helping to increase lung function.

So, whether your goal is to run for fitness or for fun, acquire your target weight or prepare for a marathon, planning is one of the most crucial things that will ensure your success.

Here are some tips for getting ready to begin your running programme:


Go for a check-up

You need to check your general health and especially your heart to make sure you can handle the level of intensity running creates. If you have injuries to your knees or ankles, running can cause further deterioration to the joints or can worsen pain. 

Follow your doctor’s recommendations, like wearing support bandages on weak joints, limiting how long you run, or start off with a gentler form of exercise and work up. If you are overweight, your doctor may advise you on nutrition to supplement your exercise plan.


Buy proper running shoes: 

Go for shoes which are made for runners and designed to cope with the shock running can put on the body each time your feet hit the ground.


Pick the right outfit: 

Make sure you wear something breathable when running that fits your own preferences and the weather conditions.  


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