5 tips to start running

Fit & Training door thijs

The sun is slightly out and summer is just around the corner. The perfect time to get in to running mode, if you haven’t already. Here I’ll share with you 5 tips that keep me running between the seasons. Best case scenario; they will get you up and running in no time too.

1. Stamina
Want to start running? Go OUTSIDE! Running outside, on an uneven surface will make you work harder than a treadmill ever will. Bumps in the road ask for you to adjust your posture all the time. While doing so you are challenging your balance and you'll become more aware of your steps. Worrying about your stamina and wondering just how well running really can pay off? Try to take the stairs more often, avoid the escalator and the elevator too, and see how long it takes before your lungs start burning. As time progresses you'll notice that you don't feel like falling apart after you sprint to catch the train or the bus or go for another run.

2. Vitamin D…come and see me
While running outside you'll be exposed to more vitamin D instantly as sunlight is one of the most abundant sources of it. People who miss-use sunblock, spend most of their time indoors and those who have lots of pigmentation (darker skin) are more at risk of lacking vitamin D. Running outside makes you fuel up in the 'D' department, a win-win situation if you ask me.

3. Finding your flow, stay focused
If you run long and relaxed enough you'll experience sheer joy.
This can also be described as: -locking in to- your flow. This is a stage where you feel invincible and super confident while running. For me this translates as unleashing my inner Usain Bolt and feeling as fly as him too just to the stage where elderly people pass me by with their electric bikes :-). Just the thought of being as fast as the speed of light should be enough motivation to keep you going, please keep that in mind anytime you think of giving up.

4. Free your mind and the rest will follow
While running there is no use for stress or overthinking your to-do lists. Instead, focus on your breathing, the environment around you or on that sick beat pumping through your headphones. The satisfaction after conquering those miles, stepping through the minutes and burning calories will be so rewarding that ruining it with the thought of awaiting tasks is just not worth it.

5. Lean Mean Running Machine
Getting lean and muscle definition is a win-win situation. Running will make your metabolism go faster and will add to your overallflexibility. While maintaining proper form, engaging your core and tightening your abs every step you take, you'll slowly but sturdy will turn in to a lean mean running machine # dontbelievemejustwatch :-). I accomplish becoming this by executing my runs wearing a 25 LB weighted vest, which challenges my endurance while i get stronger at the same time.

6. Take it one step at a time
Remember, Rome wasn't build in a day, so don't expect to become Flo-Jo overnight. If you want to know more about running or have any questions about my routine, please send me an e-mail me at irisfitgirl@gmail.com or hit me up on instagram @iris_fitgirl