Tips for newbie runners from Francisca Rockey

Francisca Rockey was sent product samples for review purposes, all thoughts portrayed are her own.

So, you have cancelled your gym membership due to lack of motivation or you are making spending cuts or would simply prefer to spend the hour you would at the gym, snuggled up on the sofa. Whatever your reason for giving up on your new year’s resolution to get fit, I am here to help you get back on track. With just 13 weeks until British summer, there is still time to smash those fitness goals.

Ever thought about running? You can do it anywhere, anytime and at the cost of nothing. If the price of a gym membership each month is out of your budget, then running is a great alternative. Not only are you in complete control of where you run and how long you run for, but it is a lot easier to slip a 30-minute run into your daily routine than a drive to the nearest gym for 30 minutes on the treadmill.

Tip #No1

Invest in a ‘feel good’ running kit. This tip is completely optional, but I find that when I am kitted out in running gear that makes me feel good, then I instantly feel like I am ready to get going.

Tip #No2

Make a playlist. Ensure that your playlist only consists of ‘feel good’ music, any songs that remind you of a bad memory, leave it out even if its a tune. Create a bubble of just you and your music and you will probably end up running for miles because you are distracted by those ‘feel good’ tunes.

Tip #No3

The backbone of a good workout is nutrition. To maximise results you need to eat light and balanced meals, 2 to 3 hours before you train. I was sent some products from Herbalife and have been trialling them for the past month alongside balanced nutritious meals. I use their Formula 1 Sports Shake* as post workout fuel, I mix 2 scoops (roughly 26g) with 250ml of semi-skimmed milk, give it a little shake and its good to go. Most of the protein powders on the market are either banana or chocolate flavour which I find very sickly but this one comes in vanilla cream flavour, which I love! So now, I enjoy drinking my post workout shake rather than just tolerating the taste for the recovery benefits.

Tip #No4

Staying motivated. A great way to stay motivated when running is to run in a group. I know this is not for everyone, I prefer to run alone a lot of the time but if you are a person who struggles to keep themselves motivated, running with a partner or in a group can help to instill motivation.

Tip #No5

Listen to your body. Learn the difference between when you are having a bad day physically and when you need a day off to rest. If you miss a day of training, you can make it up another day, no biggie!

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