This week, we’ve got something a little different here on the blog, Sardinia Yoga’s Amy shares her top tips to get you running again and enjoying the fresh (almost summery!!) air!
‘Don’t know about you but as soon as it gets cold it’s pretty unlikely that I’ll be out running. I tend to find that in the winter a lot of my exercise revolves around indoor activities like the gym or getting sweaty in a deliciously hot yoga studio. But there’s no hiding from it, spring is officially here so it’s time to pound those pavements once more!
After so long away from running though, it can feel like a bit of a daunting task, so here’s some tips to help get you back out there with confidence!
*Set a goal – is it 5k you want to get to? 10, half a marathon, a full marathon? Whatever it may be, set your intention and think about how you can get yourself there.
*Stretch! Stretching, stretching and more stretching! Obviously here at Sardinia Yoga we’re all about the stretching. Make sure you warm up those muscles before you get started. Stretching helps to lubricate your joints and muscles and gets the blood pumping round your body. Make sure you spend at least 5 minutes before you get started stretching yourself out and hold each stretch for at least 15 seconds! And don’t forget – the same goes for the end of your run to avoid injury!
*Start slowly – if you’re really feeling the effects of being away from running for so long try starting off with a brisk walk and then some slow jogging before you build yourself up to a full blown run.
*Get some proper running trainers – visit a specialist running shop and they can help you find the right trainers that will give you the support your ankles need!
*Recovery is so important, give yourself rest days, drink plenty of water and fill your body with the fuel it needs!
*Lastly, be patient and don’t let it dishearten you if you’re not quite where you were before those running shoes got packed away last winter – you’ll get there, just give it time!
*Remember, we aren’t medical professionals here at Sardinia Yoga so do seek medical advice if you’re injured or for a quick MOT before you start running again.’