This Week in Fitness #2

Today ends the first week of my fitness program.

Since I haven’t run regularly in a few years, I’ve decided to begin the cardio portion of my workouts with walking and some light jogging. Namely, I walk a mile to, and a mile back from, the bus stop five days a week, and started this morning with a 1.5 mile jog (and 1.5 mile walk back). The obvious issue so far is that I don’t stretch adequately before exercising. This isn’t such an issue with the walks, but I felt some tightness in my calves and across my chest during the jog; it seems neither muscle group is used to the motions of running any more.

In the coming week, I’m going to upgrade the workout to include more jogging during the week, as well as crunches and push-ups to start rebuilding core and arm strength, respectively.

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  1. #1 by Chris on October 6, 2012 - 9:16 AM

    Speaking from experience, you will probably benefit from doing HIIT and resistance/weight training with circuits. It will prepare your hearth and muscle groups a lot more efficiently than simply running, running and.. running! Combined with weight training and a good stretch before/after, you should be out running 5 milers in no time!

    It may seem a little strange that perhaps simply running isn’t the best way to become good at running! It is, but only if you have the right tools in place. A lot of novice runners spend a lot of time sat out with injuries, either because they didn’t stretch, ran beyond their capabilities or their physical limitations has caused them to hit a plateau in their running.

    HIIT is definitely worth considering and researching, as is investing into a good running shoe when you begin to put miles into your legs.

    Anyway, Good Luck 🙂

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