Coach Paula Butragueño gives us three keys to start running
Going for a run is a “good, beautiful and cheap” option to exercise and supplement a healthy diet. But, even if it seems something as simple as going outside and starting the race, running can be tedious and even dangerous if it is not approached carefully.
To avoid injuries or surrender quickly with a purpose that many mark and not all fulfill, we ask for advice, during the presentation of ABC Bienestar, to the personal trainer Paula Butragueño, better known as Pau Inspirafit, on what we should do to start in the «Healthy art» of running.
Not only is it worth a purpose
First, the coach explains that the mental strength we have at the moment of deciding to start is very important. «Why do you want to run? We need more than just a reason to lose weight, we must link the intention to the desire to overcome ourselves, “says Paula Butragueño and adds:” We can associate it with other planes of our life, complicated personal or professional moments to motivate ourselves. “
The “CaCo method”
“People run, on a physical level, above their means,” says the coach. Therefore, to start including this habit in our routine recommends the “CaCo method”, by which we must alternate walking and running gradually.
Butragueño recommends having a stopwatch on hand when running. In this way, we must limit the time we will devote to running. Thus, we can set it in 20, 30, or 40 minutes for example. Once we start, we must do it walking and, when we feel well, start running and start the stopwatch.
When the air starts to run out, we must start walking again, and stop the stopwatch. This process must be repeated during the fixed time interval.
Also, the coach emphasizes the importance of preparation before and after starting to run. “Before starting the running session I do a little meditation, a breathing exercise to prepare the lungs,” says Paula Butragueño. This technique, called “Mindful fitness”, seeks to prepare the mind and body before starting to run, helping the body to obtain the oxygen that will demand more once we start the exercise.
Finally, Paula Butragueño recalls that running should be complemented with other activities, such as strength exercises, because if not “we will not have the muscles that must support us” and we could injure ourselves. “And much stretching, that we do not forget,” he concludes.