Block out the noise and get in tune with your body. A run always helps me check-out and disconnect from everyday chaos to let my mind and body sync-up, to shape-up—no fancy equipment necessary. Just me, the pavement, and a little fresh-air fitness. Sometimes a new pair of running shoes or a funky pair of leggings can do the trick and get me going that extra mile. Let's face it, if you look good, you'll feel good, right? And that means making healthy food and drink choices too, in order to keep calorie counts down and to stay energized along the way. If running isn't one of your go-to workouts, here's some basic tips on getting motivated.
Make sure you start off simple with a few warm up moves to get the blood flowing and loosen up your limbs.
2. Lunge stretches and walking lunges
Then move into lunge stretches and walking lunges to open up the upper body, hips and hamstrings.
Next, Stand up and slowly bend at the waist with a flat back and reach down to touch your toes, gently stretching your calf and hamstrings. (Hold each side for 20 seconds.)
Stand up and bend your right leg at the knee back towards your butt and grab your foot behind you with the same hand, stretching your quads. (Hold for 10 seconds then repeat on the other side.)
Stand up and raise your arms over your head, grabbing your wrist to stretch the back, shoulders and arms. Bend over to one side and hold for 5 breaths. Go back to center and then bend over to the other side and hold for 5 breaths. (Repeat 10 times.)
Face a wall or a tree and push against it on an angle to stretch the backs of your calves and your arms.
Shake it out then walk for about three to five minutes to get your joints and muscles ready for the motion that's similar to what your body will be doing during a run.
Once you’re warmed up, get ready to hit the ground running. Start with a slow jog for about two to three minutes and work your way into a running pace that feels right for you. Once you get in the groove you can push yourself to go the extra mile and work towards your distance goals. I usually run four to five miles when I'm looking for an hour-long workout and then cool down with a brisk walk for one minute.
You can end your run with some simple stretches from the beginning of the workout to avoid injuries.
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