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6 Tips to Start Running in Singapore

Resolve to get fit in 2016? Maybe you’re afraid running will be too hard. Maybe you’ve previously declared, “I can’t run. I hate it.” Maybe you’re afraid running in Singapore will be too hot. Running is great exercise, doesn’t cost much, and can be done by anyone. Really.

 

Getting used to the Singapore heat did take some getting used to even for this lifelong runner. Here are some easy tips to get you started.

Buy good shoes. This is the biggest expense in the sport of running (and well worth it). But you don’t have to get the latest and greatest.  If it’s your first time buying, go to a sporting goods store where they can help you understand the different makes and models of shoes. Ultimately, all you need is a sturdy pair with good support.

Buy the right clothes. Again, you don’t need top of the line sporting gear but Singapore is hot. Very hot. Regular cotton t-shirts and shorts will chafe and weigh you down. Buy lightweight, wicking material designed for running in warm climates. Also, new clothes (and shoes) are great motivators!

Make a perky playlist. Running purists will argue there is no substitute for the sounds of nature and your beating heart. Beginners may be thrown by their pounding ticker and have trouble hearing the birds over their panting. Music is great for helping you set a pace and staying positive. Not sure what songs to choose? A quick Google search will offer thousands of tried and true suggestions.

Start small and build to a goal. Don’t expect to run a marathon in your first month. In fact, you may want to start with not running at all and instead, start with walk/run intervals. Running is one sport where “pushing it” will almost always end with injury. Choose a reasonable goal based on your starting fitness level and gradually work up to longer and faster runs. Check out Just Run Lah! for upcoming races.

Stay hydrated. It’s no secret that drinking water is good for you but it’s especially important when getting active. It’s critical in a tropical climate like Singapore. Drink plenty of water before you head out and plenty throughout the rest of the day. Drinking while running can be tricky (especially for beginners) as it can make you cramp and until you really start logging miles, probably not necessary. 

Remember: it’s all in your head. Running is as great for mental toughness as it is for physical fitness. Don’t let negative thoughts (I can’t do it. Will this ever end? I have to stop.) speak louder than your positive thoughts (I’m getting stronger. I’ll feel great when I finish. I can do it.). At its core, running is just one foot in front of the other. You can do it!

 

By Kathleen Siddell, January 2016

Photo: 123rf.com

 

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