5 Tipps, wie Sportmuffel mit dem Laufen anfangen können.
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Tips on How Couch Potatoes Can Start Running

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The days of being a sports slacker are over and you finally want to take off with running? Then it's time to trick yourself a little, or at least let yourself be tricked. So here are five tips on how couch potatoes can get started with running.

It may often be difficult to take the first step. But once you've taken it, running isn't so bad. On the contrary, running offers many great opportunities. The condition is increased, you are in the fresh air and listen to the motivating favorite music or even run together with friends. Ultimately, running is the right sport for almost everyone.

So You Can Start Running Easily!

  1. Motivation boost: buy some new running shoes
  2. Find like-minded people
  3. Use the treadmill to get started
  4. Book a personal trainer
  5. Sign up for a bootcamp

The Preparation

Let's start with the tricks on how you can trick yourself into starting running after all: First, there's the outfit. As a leap of faith, you might treat yourself to a pair of new running shoes that are so comfortable and lightweight that you'll want to start running as soon as you try them on. With the same thought in mind, you can then justify the investment in a stylish pair of running pants and extend it to the shirt, functional underwear, sports socks, hat and jacket as you see fit. As a reward, when you have actually started running, a heart rate monitor, good headphones and other motivating gadgets for running beckon.

Oftmals hilft es, sich einen Laufpartner zu suchen.
A running partner can provide additional motivation during training.
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Search for Like-Minded People

Even if you have the feeling that you're the only person in the world who doesn't jog yet: It is usually not even true for the closer environment and is therefore quite worthwhile to say out loud the running project in the circle of acquaintances or colleagues. Thus you are not only in the obligation, but usually also fast a fellow combatant for running is found.

If you can't find a like-minded person in this way, a running course for beginners can help - you can enquire about this, for example, via your health insurance provider. As a preventive measure for your health, the fees for certified courses are usually covered (in part or in full). Providers are often the local sports clubs, where you can continue to train running or other sports later as a member for a manageable annual fee. The main thing is to get started.


Treadmill to Help You Get Started

If you don't dare to go to a running club unprepared, you can also start running in your own home. On your own treadmill, you're unobserved and don't have to worry about damp and cold weather capers. Treadmills for the home are now available in an enormous range, from mechanical to electric, from 100 to 2,000 euros, from large to small, in different speeds, foldable and also very quiet.


Book Personal Trainer

A personal trainer is a costly, but usually very effective way to get a die-hard athlete running. The better trained the trainer is, the more knowledge he will bring to the table on how to guide you according to your personal fitness, motivate you and build up the untrained muscles. He will also tell you honestly when you are ready for your first marathon or whether you should train for smaller running events first. Having a goal in mind helps you take the next steps in running. Some running events offer trial distances for adults starting at one kilometer.

Ein Personal Trainer hilft auch dabei, fehlende Kondition oder Muskulatur aufzubauen.
A personal trainer can help with lack of muscle or conditioning.
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Bootcamp Registration

Although the word bootcamp may sound like extreme sports and military drill to sports fans, there are now so many different options that everyone can find a suitable offer. Bootcamp always means training outdoors. The focus is on running, as an endurance sport, but also as an obstacle course over park benches, fallen tree trunks, streams or similar. This provides variety and trains holistically. The team feeling in the small group is described by Bootcamp participants as particularly helpful, in order to hold out durably. You share the costs for a personal trainer, who motivates and challenges everyone according to their abilities.

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