Tips for Running After Staying at Home for So Long

It's important to accept your limits and not try to push yourself too hard in order to go back to running after staying at home for so long. It's all about minimizing the risk of injury. Here are a few tips!
Tips for Running After Staying at Home for So Long

Last update: 16 September, 2021

The recent pandemic led many countries to declare the need for staying at home and so resuming daily activities, such as running, can be difficult.

The period of confinement has varied according to the country. In some, people have been able to go out again to do some physical activity. The problem is it can be challenging and even too aggressive for the body after staying at home and having been inactive for so long.

Furthermore, many people are undertaking running as a fitness plan for the first time. This is either because the gyms continue to be closed or because it seems like a good way to get back into it. Today’s article will give you some tips for running after staying at home for so long.

When and how to go running after staying at home for so long?

A woman running.
Some daily activities begin to resume after a long period of confinement, running is one of these.

The main thing to take into account is the security measures vary from place to place. Some countries have established time slots to go out and exercise.

For instance, some countries have set hours for running between six to 10 a.m. and from 8 to 11 p.m. In addition, people must go out on their own and at a distance of less than a mile away from their home.

Unfortunately, the infections continue and so people must continue to comply with preventive measures such as social distancing and masks.

Useful tips for running

Before going out for a run you must be aware that it’s normal not to be in the same physical shape you were before having to stay at home for so long. For this reason, you must start gradually and not overdo it during the first few days.

Authorities are still recommending limited physical distance and so some parks remain closed. Thus, you might want to plan a route before you go out for a run. It’s also important to warm up at home beforehand to prevent injuries.

It’s best to start gently when you begin to run so try a light jog for about ten minutes. You may run into a lot of people or just a few depending on the area.

Maintain a safe distance from other people. In general, the distance must be about 10 yards.

Moreover, it might be hard to pass someone so just position yourself parallel with that person and, as far as possible, try to maintain the recommended 10 yards.

Things to keep in mind

An exhausted woman.
It’s important to start slowly, without overdoing it on the first day, if you haven’t been physically active for a while.

Know your limits and maintain a healthy pace according to them. Those who aren’t used to running must begin to do it gently without overdoing it on the first day. The same applies if you haven’t been physically active for a long time.

Above all, be cautious and avoid the risk of injury as much as possible.

Also, keep in mind that running is a habit, not something you do on an occasional basis. Stretch your muscles properly at home when you finish.

Indeed, lockdown is nearly coming to an end, but you must be aware it’s in your hands to remain safe and healthy.

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