Andrew Peterson Personal TrainerWant to lose weight but don’t have a gym membership? Good news! Getting outside is FREE and running is one of the best ways to burn calories regardless of where you are.

While there is some variation between gyms, more or less they all look the same. They’re filled with useless machines and smell bad.

Why spend your training hours inside a fitness facility when you can take in the majesty and beauty of nature without any monthly gym fees at all?

Important note: if you are significantly overweight you should begin with walking regularly.

Getting started with running, or getting back into it, can be intimidating but it doesn’t have to be.

When you are young you think of running like RUNNING! Moving at top speed, busting ass.
If you try that nowadays you’re going to very quickly overwhelm yourself and be collapsed on the side of the road gasping for air. That isn’t what you want, that isn’t what I want, that isn’t what anyone wants.

The first thing you must realize is that the goal of running isn’t to go fast, it’s to keep moving until the end.

Finish line over finish time!

So slow down and take it easy. If you are doing it and you cannot breathe you are going to fast. It isn’t a race.

Learn Form

Now that we have got you slowed down, you must learn to run in a nondestructive manner, this is the key to longevity and in turn success!

When you pound the pavement loudly, bang your feet and slam your knees you can quickly rack up a lot of the ankle and hip pain.

For many people, this is where they stop. What you are going to do is slow down to a manageable pace, whatever that might be, and focus on learning form.

Read my blog How Do I Run Without Hurting My Knees? and watch this video each time before you go out for a run.

Focus on trying to incorporate one tip at a time until they become a natural part of your stride.

Have a training plan.

Having a plan is crucial to success in running, weight loss and life.

Since you are new to running or detrained from a long period of inactivity I recommend the couch to 5K free app.

The C25K Free app will act as your personal trainer. It will guide you through walking and jogging intervals that anyone can complete.

It also provides you a calendar so you know you will be able to jog a 5K at the end of your time with the app.