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3 Ways To Make Running Easier

I love running, and it's an effective calorie burner, but man oh man is it hard work if you're not in shape!! Here are 3 simple things you can do to make it less painful if you're just starting out:

1) Stretch before and after. It doesn't have to be for very long, or be very involved, but a quick minute or so of gentle stretching before and after you run will go a long way in maintaining flexibility and reducing soreness.

2) Ease in and out of your run slowly. Once you've stretched, start running slowly and gradually increase your speed, but only to the level you're comfortable with. If you experience discomfort, ease up a bit. (Don't hesitate to walk for a bit if you need to.) Near the end of your run, slow your speed down, and allow some distance at the end for a walking cool down period. This will allow your heart rate to gradually reduce to a normal level. Remember, it takes time to get fit enough to run non-stop at a significant speed.

3) Use slow, controlled breathing. Resist the urge to pant in time to your pounding feet! Take long, slow breaths. If you feel yourself getting overworked, slow your breathing down.

The health impacts of running are many, and if done properly, it can be as enjoyable as it is beneficial.

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