To celebrate the London Marathon on Sunday 28 April we thought we’d write a blog about running!
It’s a great time to get jogging, with the longer, warmer days here to stay for a while. Even if you’re a beginner and never plan to run a marathon, running is brilliant exercise. It can reduce your risk of chronic illnesses, boost your mood, help you lose weight - and of course it’s free!
The NHS has some great tips to help you get back into running if you’re a bit rusty:
- Always invest in a good pair of running shoes – and replace them every 300 miles
- Plan your runs. Work out when and where you're going to run and put it in your diary. That way it won't slip your mind.
- Start each run with a gentle warm-up of at least five minutes. This can include quick walking, marching on the spot, knee lifts, side stepping and climbing stairs.
- When you start try alternating between running and walking during your session. As time goes on, make the running intervals longer until you no longer feel the need to walk.
- Make sure you cool down with some post-run stretches
- It's better to run twice a week, every week, than to run six times one week and then do no running for the next three.
- To stay motivated set a challenge such as a 5K, or a charity run
- Try running with a friend or find a running partner on apps such as realbuzz or JoggingBuddy
- Keep things interesting by varying your distances, pace and routes. Use a route planner app to discover and share favourite running paths
- Join a running club - most clubs have running groups for different levels, including beginners. Find a running club near you using an app such as RunTogether.
And last but not least - don’t forget to cool down with a Love Taste Smoothie afterwards!
Love Taste Co x