Running is a popular exercise for getting fit and losing weight for pretty much all age groups. If you’re feeling inspired to get fit for summer, then running is one of the simplest and most rewarding sports you can do. It has, however, negative effects on the body if you do not follow the guidelines, especially if you’re just starting out.

Take heed of the following advice and don’t just jump in the deep end!

Speak to your doctor. Consult your doctor before starting a new training regime, especially if you have heart disease. If you have a history of asthma, arthritis or other serious problems, it is also advisable to check with your GP.

Eat a balanced diet. It will help to boost stamina and build muscle.

Reduce body fat. Overweight and obese people should attempt to lose a bit of weight before hitting the track, as too much weight can put unnecessary pressure on your knees.

Start with small distances. Take it slow and easy at first. Your body has to adapt to cardiovascular exercise.

Run at a slow pace at first.  Start slow to avoid knee or joint wear and tear. It is important to slowly increase the intensity, speed and distance over time Steady does it.

Run on grass. Grass and mud has less impact on the knees unlike road running.

Invest in shoes. Wear good running shoes which are flexible and acts as shock absorbers.

Increase your breathing capacity. Most people are breathless after a good run. Yoga can help to alter your breathing capacity.

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Happy jogging!