If you are not fond of jogging, it is probably because you are doing it wrong. But what could you possibly do wrong when it is just running? It turns out that it is not the running that poses the problem, rather the things you need to know and do before it that matters.
So here are 5 things you need to do before going out for a run.
Checking the Weather and AQI
To enjoy your outdoor run, the weather needs to be perfect. And if not perfect, it at least has to be normal. Too much sunshine can dehydrate you quite easily. Rainy conditions will lead to muddy roads and walkways, which are not ideal conditions for running. Hence, you should check the weather before you leave the house. I check the weather on a daily basis to ensure there won’t be any surprises to disrupt the flow of my workout.
Another thing you should keep in check is the Air Quality Index (AQI) of your locality. It is a measure to show how polluted the air is. AQI scores above 100 indicate that the air is unhealthy, and if you have breathing problems, like asthma, you should not be going out in such conditions. The AQI scores vary from place to place and time to time. You can keep track of your locality’s AQI and weather conditions on ClimaCell’s site. Make sure to check the aforementioned conditions before you set foot outside.
Packing a Small Towel and Water Bottle
Jogging is a very exhausting exercise. It requires you to move a lot and also gets your muscles working. Thus, jogging can make you sweat. And the sweatier you get, the more water your body loses. So you need to make sure that you do not get dehydrated.
This is why you need to carry a bottle of water with you. Have a quick sip of water after certain intervals. This should keep you hydrated enough to last your entire running session. Do not drink too much water, however, as it could hurt your performance. Also, it is always a good idea to keep a small towel or napkin with you so that you can wipe off the sweat.
Having a Light Snack
Some joggers will tell you to not eat anything before going for a run. Their logic is simple; eating before a run can make you feel tired, lazy, and can hamper your movement. And while there is some truth to their logic, it is not completely accurate. Running is an exercise that requires you to spend energy. This energy acts as fuel, and the only fuel that our body can consume is food.
Not all types of food cause trouble while jogging. You should be aware of the foods you can and cannot eat before a run. Food items containing carbohydrates can give you a lot of energy before you go outside. They break down into glucose which is distributed throughout your body, giving you the energy required for your run. You should also determine how long to wait after you have had your snack or meal before you can begin jogging. Do not start immediately after you are done eating.
Sunny conditions are ideal for running. The air is dry, there are no puddles or wet roads, and the overall scenery is also quite charming in such conditions. But being outdoors under the sun for a prolonged period can lead to certain issues, one of which is sunburns. A sunburn is an inflammatory reaction to the UV rays coming from the sun and hitting your skin’s outermost layer. Such exposure can lead to your skin turning red and creating a burning sensation. To protect yourself from such sunburns while running, you need to apply sunscreen.
Sunscreen has a lot of benefits. It helps keep your complexion even, prevents your skin from premature aging, and protects essential proteins on the skin surface. But one of the most important benefits of sunscreen is that it protects us from sunburn and other related skin disorders. You should apply sunscreen before you go out for your run. And depending on how long you intend to stay out in the sun, you should consider reapplying it. Doing so will keep your skin protected from the harmful UV rays of the sun.
Getting Comfortable in Your Shoes and Clothes
You cannot have a proper run if you are not feeling comfortable. Jogging requires certain attire. They are specifically designed for this very purpose and are manufactured in a way to make their users feel comfortable.
Before you go out, ensure that you are feeling comfortable in your running clothes and shoes. Do not force yourself to wear something just for its appeal. When it comes to running, functionality takes precedence over style.
So the next time you go outside for your daily run, be sure to keep a check on all the points we have discussed. They will help you enjoy your running and benefit from it as well.