Looking to get out pavement pounding but don't know where to start? Presenting your new fitspo, New Zealand's National 10km champ Lydia O'Donnell. When Lydia isn't completing marathons or working towards the 2018 Commonwealth Games, she's coaching Aucklanders to smash their own running goals at the Nike+ Run Club. Lydia's shared her running lowdown with Remix to get you on track too.
1. Know the benefits
Running is the king of cardio workouts - even short jogs can quickly spike your heart rate and fitness level. Though often assumed just to work the legs, running can also bolster core strength and definition. Running is an adaptable, free workout and a clever way to socialize and explore your neck of the woods. It's is also an infallible stress-buster and mood-lifter.
'I genuinely believe the world would be a better place if everybody ran,' says Lydia. 'If you're having a bad day, or you're worried about something, or you need a break from your work, get out and clear your head with a run.'
2. Know your plan
Launch yourself onto the streets with a goal in mind. Look up events in your area and find a 3km, 5k, or 10km run to work towards. With free apps like Nike+ running club you can track your training and tune into banger running playlists. Free run clubs can help you get moving alongside like-minded pals.
3. Know your gear
Nothing's quite as motivating as a fresh fitness ensemble, and the right gear will protect you from injury. Grab yourself some comfortable kicks, and for the ladies, a supportive bra. A good sports bra is an absolute must when heading out on a run, so look for clothing that will provide support where you need it most. We're loving Nike's Pro Rival Bra, RRP$95. Footwear-wise, Nike's latest and greatest is the LunarEpic Low Flyknit 2 shoe, RRP$260, which features a specialised form of cushioning to support your foot while your running, and reacts to your personal foot strike. Lydia also recommends a pair of compression tights so you can 'fight the feeling of fatigue by decreasing muscle vibration.' Consider the Nike Zonal Strength Tights, RRP$185, as your new running must have.
For further fitspo and tips, check out Lydia's website here.