How To Start a Running Routine and Stick With It

Running is one of the most popular forms of exercise in the world, and for good reason. According to the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, even five to 10 minutes a day of running is enough to extend life by several years, compared with not running at all. 

But starting a running routine can be challenging for some — and sticking with it even more so. 

In this blog, we’ll explore the best way to start a running routine — and make it a key player in your overall fitness journey.

Woman Starting a Running Routine Using iFIT and Her NordicTrack Treadmill

Starting a running routine

Starting a running routine can be intimidating, but the key is to take it slow and steady. It’s about having a focused, consistent plan that doesn’t go too hard all at once and leaves you wiped out and prone to injuries. 

When starting a running routine, it’s important to set a S.M.A.R.T. goal and to track your progress. Having a “Specific,” “Measurable,” “Attainable,” “Relevant,” and “Timebound” goal helps motivate and inspire you. And what’s better than setting a goal? Reaching it, of course!

To take the first step in your running routine, start with short distances and gradually increase your mileage over time.

But be sure to remember that sticking with a running routine requires discipline. One way to stay motivated is to find a running buddy or join a running group. Having someone to run with can make the experience more enjoyable and keep you accountable. 

Another way to stay motivated is to reward yourself for reaching milestones. The iFIT platform, a paid subscription available through your NordicTrack equipment, offers digital rewards for Challenges you complete and milestones you reach, so you can always celebrate and remember your accomplishments!

If you’re on the hunt for a great running series to start your running routine, try iFIT’s Iberian Beginner Running Series on your NordicTrack treadmill with trainer Tommy Rivs Puzey. 

You’ll learn the fundamentals of running as you increase your endurance throughout this program through Portugal and Morocco’s most beautiful, culture-rich areas.

And if you want to keep moving on up with your running routine, iFIT offers tons of workouts and series designed to help you progress your journey. 

Woman Running on NordicTrack Treadmill While Creating a Running Routine

What is a good running routine for beginners?

For beginners, start with a simple running routine that gradually increases in intensity. 

A good running routine for beginners is to start with a brisk walk, followed by a 30-second jog, and then a 90-second walk. Repeat this cycle for 20 minutes, three times per week. 

But don’t forget your warm-up and cool-down. Take 5 minutes before and after your run with a slow walk and end with mobility or stretching exercises after to help prevent soreness later on or the next day.

As your endurance and strength improve, try gradually increasing the duration of the jogging intervals and decreasing the walking intervals.

Be sure to check out iFIT Trainer Knox Robinson’s Foundations of Cardio: Mexico City Series on your NordicTrack treadmill. 

Set your running routine in motion with progressive walking and jogging workouts while exploring the sites that make Mexico City a must-see destination.

Use a NordicTrack Treadmill and iFIT to Start and Stick With a Running Routine

How do I start running if I’m not a runner?

If you aren’t a runner, the thought of starting a running routine may seem daunting. However, with a little bit of patience and persistence, anyone can become a runner. The key is to start slowly and build up your endurance over time.

One way to start running is to use a treadmill, like the NordicTrack Commercial Series treadmills. With the help of expert iFIT Trainers, your machine’s incline, decline, and speed are automatically adjusted, making it easier to start at a manageable pace and gradually increase the intensity of your workouts over time. 

iFIT Trainer Knox Robinson’s progressive “Foundations” program lays the groundwork for mastering a running journey. Be sure to check out his upcoming Foundations of Jogging: Puerto Rico Series on June 7 to help take your skills to the next level.

iFIT Trainers Running Series Collage

The bottom line

Starting a running routine can be challenging, but with a S.M.A.R.T. plan and the right resources, anyone can become a runner. The key is to take it slow and steady, set realistic goals, and stay motivated

With the help of iFIT’s hand-picked trainers on your NordicTrack treadmill, you can start your running routine safely and get expert tips and coaching to help you stick with it. 

So, what are you waiting for? Lace-up your sneakers and hit the ground running!

Disclaimer: This blog post is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. The above information should not be used to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease or medical condition. Please consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet, sleep methods, daily activity, or fitness routine. iFIT assumes no responsibility for any personal injury or damage sustained by any recommendations, opinions, or advice given in this article. Always follow the safety precautions included in the owner’s manual of your fitness equipment.