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3 Tips for New Runners

3 Tips for New Runners

(SPM Wire) Running is one of the best ways to beat stress, build endurance, torch calories and get fresh air. However, there are many potential pitfalls that new runners can experience if they don’t take proper precautions. Following these three steps will help you stay safe, prevent injury and run stronger.

• Warm up: Before hitting the road, complete a dynamic warm-up routine that includes butt kicks, high knees, straight leg kicks and leg swings. Don’t forget the upper body. It’s smart to also include moves like shoulder rolls, arm circles and torso rotations. Long static stretching is great, but only after your run.

• Increase mileage slowly: It’s easy to get excited about your new running habit and want to up the intensity and duration of your workouts fairly quickly. However, too much too soon can lead to overuse injuries. Add mileage gradually.

• Recover: Listen to your body and take rest days when needed. Use the time to actively recover with stretching, yoga and foam rolling. Be sure to fuel your body with healthy, wholesome foods.

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