Running is one of the best ways to keep healthy and fit. It is great exercise for your heart, waist line, diary, stress, mental health, immune system, bone density, skin and finally sleep. Perhaps it should be on subscription from your GP!
One of the best pieces of advice I have ever receive relating to running was from the most unlikely of sources, namely my sedentary father, “One should run rather than jog“. This is actually very true as running at a pace that feels fast for you will led to a reduce chance of picking up injuries, burn more energy and get you fitter faster. Watching a three year old charging around bears no resemblance to the heavy footed stride of a jogger in a park. The three year old has more in common with Mo Farah GB’s double gold Olympic hero than you may first imagine. Light on his feet, brilliant posture and ease of movement are traits they both share. We all have the ability to run well like this, perhaps just not quite as fast as Mo!
How do I achieve this? Simple! Your technique is partially driven by the speed you run at and therefore interval training is the key. Run for short fast intervals with longer intervals of recovery time. Always warm up and cool down by walking before and after your run. This type of training may not to suitable for everyone and it can be wise to consult your GP before starting any new exercise regime.