Hello everyone. Today’s article is a guest post from avid runner David Dack who owns Runners Blueprint.
Are you overweight and looking for a way to lose those extra pounds for good? You’ve come to the right place. Being overweight can take its toll on your health and life quality. Fat is not a well liked buddy. Therefore, getting rid of it is mandatory. Starting a running program can help you lose those extra pounds and keep them off for life.
Unfortunately, if you are overweight, running can lead to a myriad of injuries due to the high impact. Therefore, you need to make sure you start a running program in the right way. In this article I provide 2 steps you need to take to go from being a total couch potato to a true running pro.
1st Step: Flip The Mental Switch
You’re the sum of decisions you’ve made up to this point. Decisions shape our life. And what drives them is our mindset—primarily our beliefs and values. See, what we believe and value most in life, tends to materialize in the real world. For instance, if you value short-term gratification than taking the wise, often the hard, health choices, then you’re most likely to indulge in bad eating habits thus more weight gain.
In addition, if you believe that you can’t change or it’s impossible to be healthy and slim, then the chances of that ever taking place are very thin. “If you think you can or you can’t, you’re right”– John Ford.
Therefore, you need to align your mindset with the type of results you’re after. Here some ways to help you build more empowering beliefs and values:
– Peer up with like-minded people who are on the same path as you. Just beginner overweight runners in search for support and company.
– Set small, measurable, and realistic goals. And go on to achieve them one by one.
– Find a mentor and have him hold you accountable for your actions.
– Keep learning about running, by reading articles, books, magazines and success stories.
2nd Step: Start Walking, Get Running
The mind is just if the first component of the puzzle. Practicing running in the field is what matters more. Here is where the robber meets the road. However, many beginners renounce from the training early on for just one main reason: Doing too much too soon. This is what is known as over training.
For starters, you may be really excited about your new resolution to start running and lose weight, but that’s no excuse to over train. Doing so will just set you for failure and a premature disappointment. No wonder most beginner runners can’t make it past the 2nd week of training.
Therefore, the healthiest approach is to start walking first, then introduce the running afterwards. It’s okay to walk. Walking will allow to get your feet wet, help you build the habit of regular exercising into your daily life. This is of utmost importance.
For instance, during your 1st week of training, go for three to four 30 minutes walks around the neighborhood. There is no need to run even if you feel the urge to. And as the training progresses forward, starting on the second week, you can add 30-45 seconds of running intervals with the walking sets. This is what is known as the Walk-Run-Walk method. And as you get stronger and fitter, you should lengthen the running and shorten up the walking.
This simple method can boost your fitness level without running the risk of injury or burnout. Many despise running because it’s too hard and impossible to sustain— physically and mentally—for a long while. Well, the Walk-Run-Walk method is the perfect recipe for injury-free training while reaping the maximum benefits from each session. Each session should take about twenty to thirty minutes, three times a week. this is the amount of moderate exercise recommended by numerous studies and fitness experts.
By just abiding to the above steps you can start running in no-time while staying injury free. Nonetheless, the key to success is implementation. Therefore, you should start take action now, and learn to trust yourself.
About the Author:
David Dack is a runner and an established author on weight loss, motivation and fitness.
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