If you've read my blog before then you will know that this year I have been on my own little quest to get fit and healthy and one of my favourite exercises is running. It not only helps me to stay healthy but it also gives me a little 'me time', I can pop my headphones in and blcok out the world for a little while.
I wrote a post a while ago about my personal top ten tips for getting fit.
I have managed to lose a bit of weight and a couple of inches off my waist and hips but the trouble with that is, my exercise clothes no longer fit which made running difficult. Just imagine the scene, seeing me running down the street with boobs bouncing all over the place and one hand trying to hold my jogging bottoms up, I think I would have laughed if I'd have seen myself. I have to admit this has meant I haven't been out running in a while.
The lovely Jaime from The Olivers Madhouse after posting a fitness post herself including some fellow bloggers posts, was nice enough to pass on our details to a company she has worked with previously.
SportsShoes.com to the rescue!!!
They have kindly provided me with some new running kit including, sports bra, shorts, socks and trainers, meaning that I can get back on that exercise wagon.
I will be writing a review soon on the exercise wear that I have been provided and just how it has helped improve my regime but in the mean time I wanted to share with you 5 tips from myself and SportsShoes.com beginners guide to running incase you fancied giving running a try yourself.
SportsShoes.com are correct when they say, the hardest part isn't the first few metres or even the last few, it is actually getting started in the first place, just by taking an interest in what I have written here means you have made it to the start line!!
* Set Goals
Not just I want to get fit or I want to lose weight, exact targets will help keep you motivated. For
*Buy The Kit
Realistically you don't need a lot, a decent pair of trainers and for women, a good sports bra, then any old t-shirt and bottoms will do. The right trainers can make a huge difference, I've had ones before where I've ended with blisters and ankle pain because they weren't specifically for running, defintely worth shopping around.
*Never Forget to Warm Up
I can testify to this, the one time I didn't warm up, I was left unable to run for over a week because I tore the muscle in my calf. Even if it is only a couple of minutes of stretching, it can prevent unnecessary injuries.
* It Isn't a Bad Thing to Stop and Walk
Don't be hard on yourself if you can't run the whole way, infact changing pace every so often is actually good for you so don't be afraid to stop and walk for a while.
If running sounds like something you would like to try, SportsShoes.com have also written a 9 week programme to get you started which you can find here.
What is your favourite exercise to do? Have you got any good fitness tips you'd like to share??
Disclaimer : I was sent the fitness gear free of charge for reviewing purposes however all thoughts and opinions are my own.