What better way to start off 2010 with a new year resolution… If you still don’t have one, then perhaps you wanna consider shedding off those extra kilos by doing regular exercise.
One of the easiest and simplest way to lose weight is running. There’s no need for expensive gym equipments or club memberships. No detox or drugs required…just a good pair of running shoes, running attire and you can start pounding the pavements.
Here are some tips to get started:
Remember to do proper warm up & stretching exercises before attempting to do any physical activity as it will help to prevent injuries and cramps. It is also advisable to do stretches after the exercise as it reduces the after effects of aches & pains normally felt the day after.
For beginners, you can start off slow just to build up your endurance and stamina. Set a realistic target ie; 20 mins of continuous running/jogging or 1- 2km. As you progress, you can either increase the intensity by increasing the time spent ie: from 20 mins to 30mins or distance ie; 1km to 1.5km. I would suggest that beginners start off on running tracks so that you can monitor your distances & timing.
Once you have better stamina and endurance, you may wish to attempt pounding the pavements. Once again set realistic targets ie; making rounds or loops within your own neighbourhood. As you progress, you can either increase the distance or decrease the time taken for you to complete the distance. If you choose to increase your distance, do it gradually and only do so if you are already comfortable with the previous distance.
If you are attempting distance running, I would advise that you bring along some cash or EZ link card as you never know when you might need them. It is also necessary for you to hydrate yourself sufficiently before & after the run. Drink lots of water to replenish what you have lost during exercise.
Isotonic drinks help to quench thirst and replenish fluids & electrolytes lost through exertion & heat. It would also help if you have a running buddy or partner as motivation is another plus factor.
To further improve yourself, take part in running events to experience the fun & atmosphere. Start off by selecting non competitive events or fun runs with short distances. This will help you to have a feel of running with other participants. There is a lot of experience to be learnt by running in such events and you can use this platform to roughly gauge yourself to see where you stand before attempting to move on to bigger events with longer distance or greater challenges.
Here is a list of events within Singapore & Malaysia in 2010. The dates & venues are mostly accurate but it is still subjected to last minute changes by the organizers. So… happy running and please feel free to add on to any other events that I have missed.