Happy Friday to everybody. I hope you all will have a fun and safe weekend! Today I decided to write an article listing some information of things you need to know before you decide to become a serious runner, with the aid of an awesome infographic! Enjoy!
So you’ve decided that you want to start running in order to lose some weight or just get fit. You’ve seen those slim people running around your neighborhood every single morning, or night, and you want to be like them. Well slow down just a second there sport, because there are some things that you should probably be aware of before you get out there and start running. Running might be intriguing to you because of how simple it is; pretty much anybody can do it! Another reason you might want to start doing it is because it is a cost-effective way to get exercise, it costs literally nothing to step outside and go running. Well if you are going to get serious into running, there might be a little more cost to it then you think.
*see the infographic below
So, as you can see, it isn’t quite as “free” as you thought. So let’s take a run-down look at this nifty little picture and assess what you are going to need. As you can see from the picture, a treadmill is quite expensive. Luckily for you, I am here to guide you with your treadmill purchase to make the right choice. Of course, getting a treadmill is totally optional. Running outside is a whole lot cheaper than buying a treadmill; but with a treadmill you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home, if that is what you are into. In case you want a treadmill in the price range showed in the picture, I would suggest the Sole F80, or the ProForm Power 1080
The next thing is time. Running, like literally everything else in this world, is going to take time. You just need to decide if you are getting a good enough workout that is worth all of the time you put into it. Are you burning more calories than you would be doing anything else? Make sure you are getting your time’s worth out of your workout. As we all know, time is money.
Moving on, we see that running a marathon will take money to participate in. Now of course these are optional as well. But a large percentage of all people who run, will end up making a goal to be able to participate in a marathon. No doubt that it is a great accomplishment and something you should be proud if you should ever finish one. I wonder if you could put that on a resume. It would surely speak volumes of your dedication.
Next, you’ll see injury costs. Yep, running is one activity that puts your knees and joints at a pretty high risk. Running is a very high-impact exercise which means that you are likely to develop pain or stiffness in the knees, due to the repetitive strike on them with each stride you take. Make no mistake that there are alternative exercises that put your joints at less of a risk. But if you are firm on becoming a runner, then more power to you!
Lastly, you will see shoes on the list. It may sound crazy, but shoes definitely cost money! Especially if they are good running shoes, they will cost more. And you are going to want to get good ones because they will be the only shoes that keep your feet fairly comfortable, and they won’t wear out.
So becoming a runner isn’t as cheap as you thought it was going to be. It takes money, time, and most certainly effort. Obviously you don’t HAVE to spend all of this money. If you just want to go running every now and then, just step outside with some fairly cheap, not too cheap, shoes.