Now that the days are longer, you have more opportunities to go running. It’s a great way to exercise and enjoy all the sights.
Whether you took a break from running because you couldn’t find the time or due to the weather, your newfound commitment is praiseworthy. After all, your job isn’t just about caring for patients – it’s also about caring for yourself.
The transition of spring into summer is one of the best times to get back into running. It’s just cool enough that you won’t want to avoid stepping outside and it’s warm enough to bust out your old running clothes. Here are four tips to get you started.
1. Give yourself more motivation: If you find yourself worrying about whether you’ll be able to stick to your workout, you may require some incentive. Drop by the local sports store and get a new running outfit. Or, maybe you’ve had your eye on one of the new high-tech pedometers that do a lot more than just count your steps. Invest in whatever it is that’ll get you pumped to head out the door and run.
2. Find the right shoes: Your running sneakers should be as comfortable as your nonslip shoes for work. Ill-fitting shoes can lead to blisters or aches. Take your time selecting a pair and work with store associates to find the right ones that properly fit your feet and style. Additionally, consider what type of running you’ll be doing – trail or road?
3. Find a running partner: If you don’t like the idea of running alone, finding a partner is easy. Chances are, you already know someone who runs regularly and is open to the idea of having a buddy. On the other hand, there are, without a doubt, friends and family members who would like to be more active but don’t want to do it alone. Think of this as an opportunity to really connect with someone doing something you both love.
4. Take it slowly: Returning to a more active lifestyle takes time. Don’t exhaust or overwork yourself. It doesn’t hurt to have an end goal, such as running from point A to point B in X amount of time, but it should remain an end goal until you can work your way up to it. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to celebrate the little victories along the way! You can do this by marking each run in the calendar, which will allow you to view your achievements as a whole.
On rainy or particularly hot days, consider going to the gym for your session instead. This will ensure that you get your exercise without having to subject yourself to inclement weather. Plan ahead for nicer days and look into different running paths around your home or even ones farther away. Once you master your preferred type of running, you might want to try out trail or road running.
As a nurse, you have the advantage in recognizing when you need to take a break, hydrate or stretch more. You’re aware of the many benefits of exercise and should pat yourself on the back. With this in mind, you’ll love changing out of your slip-resistant shoes at the end of your shifts and pulling on your trusty running sneakers.
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