Running might be one of the best ways to get into shape beacuse it is a full body execise; As you run your body is using the muscles in your legs, rear, stomach, and shoulders. This unfortunately, is something most people do not realize, getting in shape for some means a gym membership or some intense weight lifting. However, if your goal is to be healthy and fit then running is the best activity you can do.
To train for running start off slowly, do a quater mile one day, take a break and then do a half mile the next. Just increase your run by a small increment every few days. This will slowly build up your lung and heart capacity. As you progress you will also start to notice changes in the way you run or where you are sore afterwards. This is because you are slowly strengthening your legs, abs, butt, and shoulders. Embrace it, its a good thing!!!
You can also increase your fitness with warm up stretches/workouts. All you have to do is a few simple stretches and exercises of your choosing. If used properly you will not be sore after your run. It is also important to do a cool down after a run or your muscles will be sore in regardless. Again, the cool down can be of your choosing based on the intensity of your run.
If you are someone who does not enjoy to run you can easily make it fun. When I run on my personal time I like to listen to a little music and take a few stretching breaks when I start to feel a little bit winded. You can also organize your thoughts while running, ignore them completely, and burn off some stress. There are many studies that show how beneficial exercise can be for the heart as it reduces the stress levels the body experiences from our surrondings and increases the blood flow capacity of the organ.
So in the end all I can emphasis is that you are in control of your own health, therefore, if your resolution for 2014 is to get in shape then please consider this advice and start running 🙂 Have a good year everyone!!!!!!