One of our favorite cardio exercises is one of the simplest: running/jogging. It requires minimal equipment: just a good pair of shoes and suitable clothing. And you can do it almost anywhere: the only significant concerns being the weather and the safeness of the neighborhood.
Now, before we go any further, PLEASE, PLEASE schedule a complete physical with your doctor so you know your capabilities going in. Trying to do too much too soon can literally be life-threatening, so don’t skip this step.
If the best you can do to start out is a walk around the block, or even just from your front door to the street and back, that’s perfectly fine. We all began from somewhere. I’m recalling a cheer from my high school athletic days: “Take it easy, take it slow: let’s go!”
Next, now that you understand your current physical limitations, educate yourself on how best to start working your way up to a healthy, effective running routine. Runner’s World provides an excellent five-step guide to help you get going.
Again, though, it would be wise to consult a fitness professional who can help you develop a personal exercise regimen, especially if you have significant health issues and need to work up to a more strenuous workouts gradually.
Finally, as we mentioned above, while walking or running outdoors may be the most enjoyable way to get some cardio, your local environment may not always cooperate. With that in mind, investing in a running treadmill is worth considering.
These machines come in a variety of sizes and capabilities, as well as a range of prices, so there should be a model that suits your needs. For example, many models will fold up to help save space, while others provide a variety of functions that measure your progress and/or help keep you entertained while working out.
Regardless, if you’re ultimate goal is building up to running or jogging, make sure your machine is capable of handling the greater impact of these activities, as opposed to simply walking. Generally speaking, you get what you pay for in these instances.
Of course, you might also decide a gym membership is the best option for you. Many people find the fact that they’re paying a monthly fee motivating, so they are more likely to show up and get in their workout. Also, many of these facilities have trained fitness experts on site to help you get started.
In the end, a simple cardio routine based on walking or running is a simple, proven way to improve your health. Follow the basic steps outlined here, check out our recommended resources, and we hope to see you out on the jogging trail soon!