Jogging and Running

Tips for Beginners

  • If you are over 40, overweight and/or have any chronic illnesses, it is best to see your doctor before you start a running program
  • Start by brisk walking and aim for at least 30 minutes per session. Gradually, over six weeks, build up to regular running
  • Make sure you warm up and stretch thoroughly before heading out and cool down with light stretches on your return
  • Make sure you have plenty of fluids and take a water bottle with you on your run
  • Try other low impact activities, such as swimming and cycling, at least once a week to reduce impact on your bones, muscles and joints
  • Plan your route - try the Run England 3-2-1 free running route based in Hollycroft Park and Grove Road Park, Burbage
  • Buy an appropriate pair of running trainers
  • Wear appropriate clothes for the weather conditions - including high visibility clothing when running in the dark
  • Plan your route - avoid running on roads and unlit areas at night

Staying Motivated

  • Go for regular runs with friends to catch up
  • Sign up to a local run event such as a five kilometres or tough mudder and plan your run programme around this event - why not get friends and family involved too
  • Go on a lunchtime run with a colleague
  • Wear a pedometer to keep track of how many steps you take and set yourself mini goals
  • Jog to work or part of your journey to work
  • Join a local running group – find out more information about running groups on the Active Together web page.
  • Get involved with local run events such as Hinckley town centre or take part in charity runs such as Race for Life

If you would like to know more about running recreationally please visit our running pages where you will find details of our current groups. If you wish to become a run leader yourself please contact the Active Travel team.