Running and jogging for beginners

General tips for beginners:

  • If you are over 40, overweight and/or have any chronic illnesses, it is best to see your doctor before you start a running program
  • Start by brisk walking and aim for at least 30 minutes per session. Gradually, over 6 weeks, build up to regular running.
  • Make sure you warm up and stretch throroughly before heading out and cool down with light stretches on your return
  • Make sure you have plenty of fluids and take a water bottle with you on your run
  • Allow a minimum of two complete rest days per week to avoid overtraining.
  • 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 - try the Run England 3-2-1 free running route based in Hollycroft Park and Gorve Road Park, Burbage
  • Buy an appropriate pair of running trainers
  • Wear appropriate clothes for the weather conditions - including high visability clothing when running in the dark
  • Plan your route - avoid running on roads and unlit areas at night