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10 Tips To Make Running More Comfortable & Enjoyable

10 Tips To Make Running More Comfortable & Enjoyable

Whether you're a jogging newbie or a seasoned runner it can be easy to throw in the towel when things get tough. Maybe you're stuck at a certain distance or maybe you just can't muster up the motivation to get on the treadmill or venture outdoors. Luckily, we have a few tips to make running more enjoyable in the long-run. Take a look at some of these easy tricks to get you out of a running plateau:

1. Make A Killer Playlist

There's nothing worse than starting a run without the right music. We suggest finding a playlist that sticks to specific beats per minute (BPM). That way your pace stays consistent and you can run or jog to the beat of the songs - essentially you're having a dance party in your head!

For a jog, we recommend 120-125 BPM and for a running pace we suggest 140-145 BPM. You can find various free workout playlists on Spotify to suit your running style.

2. Wear The Right Kit
If something doesn't feel right on a run it can be difficult to stay motivated and carry on. Not to mention, getting a blister could put you out for a couple of days.

So to avoid discomfort and injury, it's important to either get custom insoles made to match your feet; or consult your local sportswear shop to get advice on suitable shoes for your running goals.

3. Work To A Plan Or Guide

Building up your stamina and speed over time not only prevents injury but also gives you something to aim for. You can try out pre-made plans such as Couch to 5K, or you can set yourself a speed or distance goal that you would like to accomplish.

For example, if you want to be able to run 5km without rest, start splitting this distance up into smaller chunks and focus on mastering shorter distances first. Over time, you will find yourself being able to go further and further until eventually reaching your goal.

Don't forget, you don't have to keep running during your whole workout. It's ok to stop and catch your breath or even do walking-running intervals. This is a great tactic to help you get used to running if you're a beginner. Remember, it's not about going 100% all the time - if you're moving then you're doing it right!

4. Master Your Breath
Feel more in control of your running by correcting your breathing technique. If your breath starts to feel out of control on a run, try these tips to stay relaxed and in control:

Breathe in through your nose for 3 counts, then breathe out through your mouth for 3 counts. Using both your nose and mouth helps to ensure you maximise the amount of oxygen entering your body. Not only that but breathing through your mouth helps keep your jaw relaxed which prevents you from over-tensing your shoulders.

5. Find A Running Buddy

Running with a friend can seem daunting but it's also a great way to stay motivated and keep going. You don't necessarily need to run together, you can also just share your progress with each other virtually to keep yourself accountable.

Working through the hurdles together helps to boost morale and you may find your running journey more enjoyable over time!

6. Keep Correct Upper Body Posture
To avoid discomfort and injury keeping the correct body posture on your run is essential. Avoid swinging your arms across your body as this causes your torso to twist unnecessarily. But also, keeping your arms completely stiff can restrict your running power.

Rather make sure you brush your hand by your hip on every stride - that way your elbow bends and straightens with every swing.

7. Stretch, Stretch, Stretch

Running can take a toll on your body, so it's important to recover properly after every session. Focus on holding stretches for 30 seconds and repeat 2-3 times. For runners, we recommend focusing your stretches on these areas: hips, calves, glutes, hamstrings, quads, and knees.

Some great stretches for these areas include:
  • Toe touch
  • Child's pose
  • Downward dog
  • Knee hug
  • Heel lifts
  • Seated hamstring stretch
  • Seated butterfly stretch

8. Avoid Busy Outdoor Areas
Sometimes going for a run outside can pose more problems than you might expect. If there are lots of pedestrians around, roads to cross, and varying terrain, it's difficult to concentrate on setting a consistent pace.

Whilst this may be great if you want to challenge yourself, it can certainly affect your performance. If you're looking for a more enjoyable running session try and find somewhere quiet to maintain your breathing, or head to the gym and jump on one of our treadmills.

9. Go Slow

Speed does not dictate whether you are having a good run or not. Instead of trying to compete with yourself, start your run at a slower speed and make sure you feel comfortable before pushing your pace.

10. Track Your Progress
Whether you need a bit of motivation during your run or you want to look back on how much you've improved over time, tracking your progress is a great motivator!

We hope these tips help you to get over any running hurdles you may have - keep your head up, you've got this!

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