There are many workout routines, focusing on different aspects of fitness. But virtually every workout routine involves running, or jogging, to some extent. There is very good reason for this, given that the simple act putting one foot in front of the other is about as perfect an exercise as you can get.
Running does not require expensive gym equipment, is extremely flexible, and impacts every part of the body. In other words; running should be the core of your workout routine. However, although running is always a good idea, there are a few key factors to take into account, to ensure that you are getting the most out of your time.
If you hit the gym 3 – 4 times a week, you’re doing pretty well. The same is true for running. It is important to go for a run, or jog, a minimum of 3 times a week. At least if you want to keep your body at peak fitness levels. As with all exercise, slacking off will quickly result in a back-slide.
Running is normally worked into other workout routines, and as a result isn’t given as much attention as it deserves. If your workout routine is an hour, and only fifteen minutes is dedicated to running, you might consider changing up your priorities.
As far as running goes, you should always be looking to improve your performance. Keeping track of your distance and time is important. Staying at the same level isn’t going to improve your overall fitness, especially if you’re training for a particular event.
A simple smartphone app can be used to log each run, which is perfect for always pushing yourself to the next level.
It should never be overlooked how important it is to prepare for a run, and we mean more than just stretching. The importance of a good pair of running shoes should never be overlooked. In fact, the quality of shoes worn can have an enormous impact on overall performance. Consider investing in a good pair of running shoes, as well as other suitable attire.
This doesn’t mean buying the most expensive gear on the market, of course, but a good pair of shoes will last a long time, and their impact may well be tremendous.
One of the biggest problems many have with running is that it can be time consuming. This is because there is simply no substitute for a good, long distance effort. By its very nature a long distance run takes time, and many simply don’t have enough hours in the day.
Keep in mind that, first and foremost, fitness is about health. If you’re spending more time in the gym, working on building muscle, then your perspective may be skewed. More time should be dedicated to cardio than anything else. Try committing at least 30 minutes to every run, even if it means sacrificing other forms of exercise as it will pay off.