Running is one of the most popular fitness activities today. People of all ages can engage in this activity. You do not need a lot to get started in this sport. But, those who are a little bit overweight might have to go slow and lose some of their excess weight before running. When done with the entire family, running can become a fun bonding experience. Making this sport a family affair can be you own family’s commitment to being fit and healthy.
To get started, everybody has to visit the doctor. Your family physician should check if you or any of your family members have any existing ailments that would prevent you from running. Once you get a medical clearance, you can already rally the brood and get into running. Make sure everyone has a good pair of running shoes. Find a place where it is safe to run. Some places have jogging paths and running circuits where people can safely run without having to worry about vehicles on the road. The park is usually a good place for the family to run. Don’t forget to do some stretches before you run. A few minutes are all you need to limber up those muscles and prevent injuries.
Also a must-have during your runs is water. Never go without your water bottles when you go on your family run. You need to stay hydrated. How much water you need to bring with you depends on how long you intend to run. A small 250ml or 500ml water bottle per family member would be enough for a 30-minute run. Of course, you also need to bring a small towel to wipe the sweat off your face. Although they are not necessary, other paraphernalia such as a pedometer and your MP3 player are great to have as well.
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