Beginning Runners...How Often Should You Run Each Week?
Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, CK, RHN
Like with any form of training, you become a stronger and more endurant runner as you run on a consistent basis. However, there is a fine balance between frequency of running and when you should rest to allow your body to recover.
Recently, one of our Treadmill Trainer beginner running clients asked me the following question relating to running frequency:
I am very excited to start the Treadmill Trainer volume 1 running workout! I want to start running but right now I am beginner. My main objectives are to lose weight and to get in shape. How many times a week should I run the beginners program (Treadmill Trainer volume 1) and for how long before I start the next level (volume 2)? Thanks for your help."
Well Veronica, since the Treadmill Trainer running programs are based on interval training they are inherently designed to make you a more proficient runner with less training.
As a beginner, volume 1 takes you through intervals of walking and jogging with the goal of getting you fitter and more comfortable with being able to run for a longer period of time.
So having said that, as a beginner using Treadmill Trainer running workout 2-3 times per week is plenty to help you become a better runner, lose weight, and get in great shape.
Between each of these running workouts should be at least a day of recovery to allow your body to regenerate and bounce back stronger for the next run.
Watch this video for more insight on this common running question:
When do you know you're ready to move onto Treadmill Trainer volume 2?
That's a good question. It really depends on how your body adapts to your running training. I usually suggest to move onto volume 2 when you feel comfortable running at least 15 minutes without walking or stopping.
TT volume 2 is definitely more challenging than volume 1 but as with all the Treadmill Trainer running workouts you can end your run at the end of any of the sections within the workout.
So don't be intimidated...just do it now and you'll be amazed at well you do!
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