Running tips for beginners

Running tips for beginners:

  • If you have a long term health condition, it is best to consult your GP before starting a running programme
  • Start slow and build up gradually - start with brisk walking, alternating between walking and running, until you are able to run continuously for a set time
  • Make sure you warm up and cool down properly before and after every run, you can find more info on warming up and cooling down here
  • Make sure you have plenty of fluids and take a water bottle with you to sessions
  • Allow a minimum of two complete rest days per week to avoid overtraining and injury
  • Try other low impact activities, such as swimming and cycling, at least once a week to reduce impact on your bones, muscles and joints
  • Plan your route - if you are running alone, avoid unlit areas at night and always know where you are going to avoid getting lost!
  • Buy an appropriate pair of running trainers
  • Wear appropriate clothes for the weather conditions - including high visability clothing when running in the dark
  • Mix it up - try running in various different locations to keep it interesting and explore the local facilities at the same time