I would like to start running. How do you runners/joggers get back into it if ya have'nt done it in awhile or ever for that matter.? I've never done any running so some tips would be really helpful[:)]
Excellent questions! Sorry it has taken me a couple of days. I assume that you are talking about distance running, as that is the most common type of recreational running.
My first question for you is why do you want to take it up? Is your goal weight loss? General physical fitness? Do you like to run?
I may rile a few people with this, but it is my opinion that unless a person really likes to run it is a very ineffecinet way to loose weight or get in shape. I say this because most people train themselves to run in the aerobic heart range. In other words, they run slowly at a fairly low heart rate. It takes a very long time to make gains in muscle or fat loss this way. Studys have been done that show far greater gains being made by people who perform more intense exercise for shorter periods.
Please do not misunderstand me. Running is great. I do my share of it as well, but I try to do more sprint work than jogging. Those who see gains from jogging are those who really enjoy getting out and running. For the rest of us (you know normal people) I hold that we are better off doing 20 minutes of sprints a few times a week, coupled with resistance training.