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Running - you either love it or hate it. Hats off to those people who can run marathons or even jog 5km without stopping to walk. If you are one of the people who loathe hitting the pavement, it may be because you haven’t found your running style, you’re lacking motivation, or you don’t know where to start. If you’re keen to find a place for running in your regular routine, keep reading.  

Some people run to improve their aerobic fitness and build endurance, while others run to catch the tram, keep up with their kids, or when there’s free cake in the office kitchen. Whatever your reason for picking up the pace, here are our tips to get you on track.

Focus on your breathing

Running out of breath can happen easily if you haven’t built up your aerobic fitness. There’s nothing worse than pulling on your sneakers and hitting the pavement, only to lose steam in the first 500m. Perfecting your breathing is a very important step in running. It’s best to find one that works for you and fits your technique.

If you don’t know where to start, try this: inhale for three steps, exhale for two, inhale for three steps, exhale for two. Once you start running, you will be able to feel if this technique works for you. If you are struggling, change it up; minus or add steps to find your ideal rhythm. Keeping your breathing pattern odd/even will have you landing on alternating feet to ensure the impact of the exhale isn’t affecting one side of your body over the other. Even when you aren’t running, you can practice deep breathing to get your lungs and body used to this technique.

Start with short distances

To keep yourself on track, be realistic with your goals. Start small and work your way up to a goal distance. Focus on smashing a 1km run before pushing yourself for 5km. You don’t want to burn yourself out on your first few attempts. Just remember, all pro-runners started where you are. Tip: add an extra 100m-200m to each run to slowly increase your distance; this will allow your body time to adjust to running, especially if you are new to it. We also suggest sticking to a running routine. Aim to train three days a week to get yourself into a rhythm and build it up from there.

Stick to a schedule

It's all about accountability. Having a set schedule for your week helps you to stay on track - literally. Be flexible to allow for things popping up each week, and be sure to give your body time to recover in-between runs. Try setting yourself weekly targets as well, as this can help to keep you motivated.

Note: Ensure you are following government restrictions in your state or territory, and you're adhering to social distancing measures at all times.

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