3 years ago5,000+ Views

Want to start running, but not quite sure how?

Worried that you won't even be able to make it 15 minutes without dying?

Never run a day in your life before?

I've got a great way for you to add running to your life with minimal difficulty! (Not no difficulty, just MINIMAL difficulty hehe). This trick has worked many times for me in the past when I'm getting back into the swing of my fitness routine (like, say, right now).

The Walk-Run!

Even die-hard fitness buffs swear by it. It's exactly what it sounds like: just walk for a little while... then run for a little while! And repeat.
I discovered this works for me because even when running is the last thing I feel like doing, if I just lace up my sneakers and go for a little walk, all of a sudden I feel a little pep in my step. I get this itch to jog. And even if I don't do it for super long, or alternate it with walking, it's so much better than doing nothing!!
And you'll be surprised, your tolerance for running will go up fast. After two weeks of walk-running, I was ready to do 25 minute jogs without a problem. Everybody progresses at a different rate of course, but I guarantee you WILL see improvement!

Here are a few different types of walk-run workouts to try! Find the one that works for you :)

Absolute Beginner: Walk 5 minutes. Jog one minute. Repeat 3-4 times.
On and Off: Walk 2 minutes, jog 2 minutes. Repeat as desired.
Intervals: Walk 1 minute, jog 1 minute. Walk 2 minutes, jog 2 minutes. Walk 3 minutes, jog 3 minutes. Then work your way back down to 1. Repeat as desired.
Intervals 2: Walk for 1 minute intervals between jogging for 5 minute intervals. Repeat for desired amount of time.
Sprint Walk: After warming up, sprint 30 secs, then walk 1 minute 30 to cool down. Repeat as desired. You can also start slow and then increase sprint intensity as you go.
If you have any questions about how to start walk-running, feel free to leave them in the comments! I'm always here to help :)
Oh, and if you know anybody having trouble getting their workout routine off the ground, definitely share this with them!! They'll appreciate it :)
These are some great tips! Also, when you get used to running, you might want to try the walk-sprint combination. I heard it's better for fat loss!
I'm a big believer in walking a little and then running a little hahaha it always helps to balance. :) Great card!
@mchlyang Awesome idea, dude! I've heard that too. Have you tried it before? What do you think is the best total length for a walk-sprint workout?