RUNNING IS ONE OF THE MOST COST EFFECTIVE FORMS OF EXERCISE TO STAY HEALTHY. THE HUMAN BODY IS ENGINEERED TO RUN AND IT COMES EASILY TO US. FATTAFIT TALKS TO JEEVAK SHETTY A BANGALORE BASED RUNNER WHO BELIEVES THAT ANYONE CAN BE GREAT AT RUNNING. ALL YOU NEED IS THE RIGHT APPROACH. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK TO BE UPDATED.
Running has become an integral part of my life. It has the wonderful ability to energize, bring clarity to my thoughts and refresh my body and soul. I do it because I really enjoy it! It’s that simple.
To anyone out there who is looking to include running in their exercise regime, all you need is the inclination and some amount of discipline to get started. BELIEVE in yourself. When you lace up for the first time, don’t think about speed or distance, first believe that you CAN do it!
The only gear you really need to start off is a good pair of shoes. Do your research, talk to other runners and spend time at the stores to find a pair that fits. Not only will this ensure comfort, it will also reduce the risk of injury.
Make the COMMITMENT. Decide when and where you are going to run. I personally suggest running in the morning. It is a great way to start your day and also leaves the rest of the day free for other commitments. Besides, research has found higher levels of consistency among those who exercise in the morning. If mornings are rushed, then keep all your running gear ready the previous night.
Set short-term, REALISTIC GOALS. When you start running it is good to maintain a journal. DOCUMENT your TRAINING, it is very important to track your progress or non-progress. This will help you understand your strengths and weaknesses. Many people fall off the running bandwagon because of lack of results. Documentation can help you monitor this and keep you motivated to stay strong.
RESEARCH, research, research! While running is not complicated, some amount of preparation is good. Talk to fellow runners, read blogs, get a trainer or join running groups. But find a training plan that suits you and focus on your running form. Remember, it is not about the distance; it is about the quality of your run!
Lastly CROSS – TRAIN. You will need to do strength-building exercises to see improvements in your running. Additionally if possible you could also incorporate a few yoga sessions every week for flexibility. Make sure you HYDRATE before, during and after runs.
Finally, ENJOY your run! Run in the park if you enjoy nature, run with music if that helps you find your rhythm, run with a buddy or with a group if it motivates you! But you will get your ‘RUNNERS HIGH’ and then there’s no stopping you. See you at the finish line!
Jeevak Shetty is a paediatic surgeon in M.S.Ramaiah Medical and Teaching Hospital. He started running a few years ago and now there is no turning back. He has sub 2 hour timing for half marathons and has below 50 minute 1okm timing. Running and fitness is his biggest passion. He also loves to travel and read in his free time.