Starting a new running habit can feel very overwhelming to a beginner runner. If you’re feeling intimidated or nervous about getting started with running, don’t worry, that’s completely normal. Instead of starting your running habit willy nilly, it’s helpful to learn some basic information about running.
Before you even take your first steps, there are some important basics you should know and the first one is…
Get Medical Clearance
If you’re new to running, getting a physical exam from your doctor should be a bigger priority than choosing a good pair of running shoes. A visit with your doctor is especially critical if any of these issues apply:
- You’ve been sedentary for a year or more.
- You don’t currently do physical activity and are over age 65.
- You have been diagnosed with heart trouble.
- You’re pregnant.
- You’re a current or former smoker.
- You have high blood pressure.
- You have diabetes.
- You have a family history of heart disease.
- You have chest pain, especially when exerting yourself.
- You often feel faint or have severe dizzy spells.
- You have another medical condition.
At your doctor’s visit, share your running plan and goals with your doctor and have him/her assess your plan and any potential health issues. Ask how running might affect any existing conditions. And, don’t forget to find out about any health issues that are common for runners and how to steer clear of them.
Once you start running regularly, keep scheduling yearly physicals to ensure that you’re still in good health.
Next week I will be giving you 9 tips on how to run safely, avoid becoming injured and how not to be a victim on the road.