What To Expect When You Start Running

As with anything in life, when you start something new it’s difficult to know exactly what’s going to happen and it’s just the same when learning how to start running.

You can’t just develop the experience and knowledge overnight that’s going to help you become successful. Everything will develop over time as you learn more about losing weight with running and gain more running experience.

To help you be more prepared and help you get off to a great start, here are several areas you need to consider.

Be realistic about how much weight you’ll lose

It’s not good to go into running, or any exercise routine or diet, expecting super fast weight loss results. You didn’t put the weight on overnight and you won’t lose it that fast either.

Don’t start running thinking that you’ll lose a stone in two weeks or three stone in the first few months. Having unrealistic expectations like these is only setting you up for much frustration and disappointment when you don’t reach them.

The good news is that it’s always better to lose weight at a steadier rate anyway rather than trying to rush the weight off with an excessive exercise plan or by using crash diets.

With a slower weight loss you’ll lose weight from fat while maintaining more muscle which is far better for long term weight loss success.

This is because muscle burns more calories than fat so you’ll be able to maintain a higher metabolism and burn more calories every day, even while you’re asleep.

Be realistic about your running ability

When you start running don’t expect that you’ll go out the door or jump on the treadmill and run for three miles without stopping, or that you’ll be able to run a 10k within a few months.

Just the same as losing weight, your running expectations need to be realistic or you’re only going to be disappointed and more likely to quit when really there’s no reason to.

Your body may have suffered months or years of neglect and it takes time to develop a good level of fitness and strengthen all parts of your body such as your muscles and lungs.

Again there is some good news because at the beginning your fitness and running ability can improve quickly due to starting from a low fitness base. However, just don’t expect to go from novice to expert runner too quickly.

Be prepared to stick at it

By setting realistic expectations for your running and weight loss from the outset you’re much more likely to keep going and not give in. You’ll suffer from less frustration and disappointment because you’ll be more patient…

You’ll be willing to accept that what you’re trying to achieve takes time and cannot be obtained by a quick fix!

Also be prepared to stick with running over the long term. You can’t just run, lose the weight, and then stop running and carry on with your life.

If you go back to your old life then you’ll simply put the weight back on and go back to where you were before you started running. You need to develop the mindset that running is part of a long term plan.

It’s all about a change in your lifestyle rather than a quick fix if you want to lose the weight and keep it off for the rest of your life.

Understand that it’s not going to be easy

Many people want results as fast as they can but they also don’t want to put any effort in to get there. That’s alright but they can only expect poor results from this sort of thinking.

Starting running is not easy. However, the massive rewards of improved physical and mental health, improved body shape and self confidence, and the many other benefits of running are well worth the effort.

You get out what you put in. If you are not prepared to put enough effort in then quite simply you’ll either stay exactly where you are now or you’ll only see minor improvements.

What do you do now?

You now have a good understanding about what to expect when you start running and what it takes to be successful with your running and weight loss.

It’s now up to you whether you’re actually going to make a start, or whether you’re going to accept your current weight problems and a lower quality of life.

To learn more about how to start running and how to lose weight with running, take a look at these running programs.

Disclaimer: There is no such thing as a quick fix or losing weight without any effort. To be successful with both your running and weight loss you need to put in time and effort as well as follow the right advice. That way you can lose weight and keep it off, and that’s what I help you do.

I cannot guarantee what results you’ll get because everyone is different and results vary. I just promise that I provide you with the best advice and tips that I possibly can with the aim of helping you lose weight and getting everything you want out of running.

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