28 Feb '14, 12pm

How fast or slow should I run? The trick is to find the pace that's just right. Here's how:

When you first start exercising, you want to work hard enough that you’re boosting your fitness, strength, and endurance but not so fast that you get hurt. (Doing too much too soon is a very common cause of injury.) But how do you know how fast or slow to go? Follow these tips: Measure minutes, not miles. Don’t worry about your pace or miles covered when you’re just starting out. The first step is to focus on building overall fitness—and to make exercise a habit. The main health benefits, from lower risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and hypertension, result from the time you consistently spend elevating your heart rate. It doesn’t matter how many miles you cover while you’re out. Make it brisk. If you’re walking, your cadence should feel quick. You should be able to hold a conversation. If you can sing, you’re likely going too slow. If you are huffing and puffing, ...

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