So you want to start running regularly or just even just exercising regularly whether that’s going for a ten minute walk or lifting weights at the gym.
There are lots of health and fitness benefits to exercising such as reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, higher energy levels and a stronger immune system. This is because exercise helps to make your body function more efficiently and helps to decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease by reducing the stiffness in your blood vessels which in turn helps to lower blood pressure and allows your blood vessels to function more efficiently.
But that’s just one way regular exercise can benefit you, there are many other ways that exercise can benefit you such as by reducing stress levels which can lead to another large range of various health benefits.
How to get into a Running Routine
I think that running is a great way to improve your health, but the key to good health is to make good habits such as exercise a routine, so here are my basic tips on how to get into a regular running routine or any sort of exercise routine for that matter:
- Get in touch with your circadian rhythms.
- Find a running buddy.
- Train for an event.
- Join a running club or social running group.
Get in touch with your Circadian Rhythms
When I’m talking about circadian rhythms, in this context, I’m mainly referring to your sleep cycle. Our body likes to follow a daily cycle and likes to regulate timing. If you do the same thing everyday and get into a habit, then it becomes hard to break. Like bad habits, you can use this to your advantage to form good habits.
Try to go to bed at the same time everyday and set an alarm for the time you want to wake up – just try and make sure you get at least 7 hours of sleep or less if it is sufficient for you without having to be dependent on stimulants such as caffeine. You should find that after going to bed and waking up at the same time everyday, even without an alarm your body will wake up at a similar time as long as you go to sleep at the same time as you did previously.
This will help you to feel more energised and will help give you the motivation to go for a morning run or to workout in the morning. If you repeat this cycle of going for a run or working out in the morning, then it will become harder to break and will help you to get into a routine which will aid your health, fitness and wellbeing. Doing this worked for me and I now find that if I go to bed at 10 pm, I wake up at 5:30 am without any trouble and will tend to go for a 3 kilometre easy run before having breakfast.
Find a Running Buddy
Running is much easier when you have someone to do it with.
Having a running buddy can:
- Make running more competitive for both of you, helping to spur both of you on to keep fit and get faster and faster.
- Make running a more enjoyable social time to catch up whilst keeping fit.
If you’ve scheduled a set time to meet up with someone to run with, you are far more likely to stick to that commitment than if you were going to run on your own because if you don’t turn up you’ll be letting the other person down. It’s a great tip to make running more fun for both of you or even a group of you!
Train for an Event
By training for an event, your running has a purpose whether that event is a mile, 5 km, a marathon or OCR (obstacle course racing) – like Spartan Race or Tough Mudder. It gives more meaning to your running and training, making it easier to get into a routine to ensure you can perform at your best for that event.
Join a Running Club or Social Running Group
Similarly to having a running buddy, running clubs and social running groups tend to have set times when they meet up. This can even include just taking part in a Parkrun! By joining one of these groups, you are more likely to attend and start running regularly for the social side of it as everyone has their own story on how and why they started running. It’s likely that soon you will want to come to every training session to socialise and run because there’s something about the tough gritted nature of running that makes it a great way to bond with other runners and ‘share’ the pain.
Those are my 4 top tips for getting into a running routine – do you have any others? Let me know down below!