Running is a fantastic exercise for your health but it can do even greater wonders for your energy levels. The problem is that a lot of people aren’t aware of just how amazing the benefits of running are, or how to get started in a way that they’re likely to actually stick at and not give up on. This article should remedy both those things!
Why Running is Crucial for Your Energy Levels
A lot of fuss is currently being made over HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training. The claim is that this can help you to get a more effective workout in terms of calories burned in a shorter amount of time and that it can also improve other things like VO2 max to a superior degree.
But while it’s true that HIIT has some useful benefits over steady state cardio (jogging or rowing for 30+ minutes), it’s a mistake to assume that it has no benefits.
For starters, running improves your ability to sustain energy levels for long periods of time. If you think about most situations in your day-to-day life, this is exactly what you need – rather than short bursts of speed. The body adheres to the law of ‘SAID’ – Specific Adaptations to Imposed Demands. That means that training works best when it mimics the task you’re trying to improve at.
Another huge benefit is that running at a steady pace will improve the strength of your left ventricle – the part of your heart responsible for pumping oxygenate blood around your body. This ultimately means you can actually improve your resting heartrate, which means that you’ll have a lower heartrate when you’re sleeping and resting – ultimately leading to a more restorative rest.
This is something that only running long distance can do – and it makes amazing changes to you overall health.
How to Start Running and Stick With It
So how do you start running in a manner that you’re actually likely to stick with? The first tip is to make sure that you have the best running shoes. These will help to make running less impactful on your joints, while also returning more energy from the pavement to allow you to run further and faster.
Another tip is not to start out too ambitiously. Too many people go on their first run with the aim of burning lots of calories and boosting their fitness – and they think the only way to do that is to run at highly uncomfortable speeds.
Instead, try running at a gentle pace to begin with and then slowly increase your exertion only as you get used to it. Your aim to begin with is not to get fitter – it is to learn to enjoy running. When you take this approach, you’ll have a much better chance of sticking with it. And you should find that after just a few runs, you start to notice some real improvements. Wear a running watch to really see those benefits