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Have You Considered Running A Marathon?

Does that question strike fear into your heart? The number of people, Baby Boomers who are getting off the couch and running 5Ks, 10Ks and even marathons is growing every year. Is there any reason you haven’t considered participating? You may not want to go from a semi-sedentary life to putting on your sneakers and taking on more than 26 miles, but there are training steps you can take that will get you in shape for either a marathon, a 5K or even just getting your 10,000 steps a day in (that’s about five miles).


Getting in shape can certainly help you age better and live longer, but before you jump into any exercise program you will want to check with your doctor to make certain you’re healthy enough to do so. Once you’ve done that, here are some tips to get you marathon-ready or even 10,000 steps a day ready:

  1. Don’t put a time limitation on yourself. Completing your first 5K or your 10,000 steps a day should be the goal – not how long it takes you to complete it. Sure, if you’re registered for and are in a 5K you will want to complete it when the other runners do, but time shouldn’t be your driving force, especially when you’re just starting out.
  2. Be your own biggest cheerleader. If you set a goal of 10,000 steps a day but only complete 3,000 congratulate yourself – this is especially true if you’re just getting into a fitness routine after having not worked out at all. Don’t berate yourself for not meeting a goal, reward yourself for having completed X number of steps that day!
  3. Stay hydrated. Even if you’re walking in cool weather you want to drink water throughout your walk.
  4. Wear comfortable shoes and remember that even new walking shoes may take some “breaking in.” Don’t get sidelined by blisters or foot pain from uncomfortable or ill fitting sneakers.
  5. Determine what motivated you to get physically fit in the first place. If you want to be fit and healthy for your grandkids, write that down in a prominent place – it will keep you motivated. If you have been suffering health problems and your doctor recommended you get up and get moving, write down that you’re getting healthy to enhance the quality of your life – not because your doctor “ordered” it.
  6. Understand that regular exercise will boost your creativity, improve your mood, reduce stress and give you more energy to get through your day. Exercise will also help you sleep better at night.
  7. Ask your family for support. Ask your family to join you in your walking/running endeavors. Getting in shape as a family will help keep everyone motivated and it’s a great way to bond – rather than sitting in front of the television!

Is physical fitness in your future? It should be, especially if you want to live a long, healthy life. Talk with your doctor, grab your family and get moving!

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