I am excited to be working with Jawbone to announce the relaunch of the new UP3 and to share with you all how it has helped me get into a running routine again. 5 years ago, I used to be a runner and I ran between 3-4 times a week. I enjoyed the adrenaline high I got from a run and enjoyed getting into the fresh air. Then one day I just … stopped! I am not really sure why but in all fairness it was a much needed break.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I decided to incorporate running into my routine again. Although I still worked out regularly, my endurance for long distance workouts was terrible and I wanted to do something about it. I am no master runner but I am happy to say that I have been able to get into a regular running routine again. Here are my top 4 tips for anyone new to running or for those who had a break and want to start running again.
How you can get into a Running Routine (Again)
1. Decide why you want to start running, and make sure it is for you. I used to think that I had to run because it was the only effective form of cardio. Over the years, I have learned that is of course not the case, and my reason to start running again was to improve my endurance in long distance training. My heart rate during my workouts was insanely high and I decided that I had to start running again to counter this.
2. Get a workout buddy. This has helped me a lot! I never thought I would like it much as I am definitely a lone wolf when it comes to working out, but it has been a lot of fun and helps me look forward to our runs. It’s a great way to catch up and to keep yourself distracted, which is especially important in the beginning stages when you are still quite unfit!!
3. Get yourself a fitness tracker such as Up by Jawbone to keep yourself motivated. I’ve been using my Jawbone Up3 for the past few weeks and I love it – it tracks my activity, including my steps, my sleep, and makes recommendations based on my activity and sleep trends. Oh, and it was recently named as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things! It is so cool to see how much my runs have been affecting my daily steps and has raised it significantly. On days I don’t run, I struggle to get 4,000 steps which is awful, I know!
4. Start off slow and add slowly over the weeks. I started off by doing running intervals, where I would run for a few minutes and walk for a few minutes, and doing short 15 minute runs. Every week, I would challenge myself for making my running intervals longer. It’s exciting to see how this reflects on your overall daily amount of steps, and I would always be eager to check my Jawbone Up3 to see how many more steps I was taking per week. However, this is still an ongoing process which I am improving upon every week.
I hope these tips help you as much as they have helped me! Through the help of my beautiful Jawbone Up3, I have noticed that my weekly steps have increased and that I have been sleeping better. I used to wake up several times in the night, but it has shown me that I either don’t wake up during the night, or only woke up once. I’m proud of myself for pushing myself and getting into a running routine again. I forgot how much I enjoyed it and I am excited to see the effect on my heart rate after a few months of regularly running.