How to start running – the real answer!


How to start running

Well, as You are reading this article, I assume that You want to know how to start running. Rather than asking how I would encourage You to ask why.

If a person is motivated enough, he or she will find ways to achieve one’s goal. A hungry person just goes and gets the food. The Internet is full of running tips and different tutorials for beginners and professionals. Tutorials on best way to select shoes for running, on the best time and duration of exercises, on the best way to conduct pre-performance routine, on the best kind of food You can eat before and after going in for sports and even on motivation to running. You can know how running improves Your stamina and changes Your body. Some articles are dedicated to different situations. They explain how to start running when you have never run, after having a baby, when you are fat, unfit and overweight. They suggest how to run easier, better, faster and longer and even how to love running. These tips may be very useful in terms of effective running and getting in shape.

I am not going to do all this staff that have been already done. Being a bit controversial I would ask You “Why?”. Why do You wish to start running? I assume that You may feel pressure of the society: You have to be fit. I suppose You may worry about Your health. I guess You may wish to feel strong and attractive. I believe that You are looking for relax and pleasant impressions that You can gain during running… A man running from 5 till 6 am in summer and from 6 till 7 am in the winter each morning… A man running in the sunlight and in the rain, in the forest and in the heart of the big city… It’s impressive! A man struggling with internal and external obstacles and still running even though his friends do not support him… even though he has a strong desire to lie down and to eat the tenth cake… Or sleep… Or anything. But he is running despite everything and thanks to everything. It’s impressive!

But! There is hundreds of thousands ways to be impressive. Personal development, job, relations – everybody can find a niche for self-actualization that is the best for him or her. There is endlessness of ways to realize one’s full potential.

So, why running, why health, why fitness? Why now?

running manWhile You are thinking about this question, I would encourage You to measure Your heart rate and not to wait until it is too high, but to run now and try to stay in a target heart rate zone. Stay healthy, amigo! Take care of Your heart – it is the one!


For beginners in sports

unsureCongratulations! You decided to take more care of Your health, to try something new, to become more conscious of Your body, to spend more time with Yourself and maybe with other people in new sporty circumstances, to do something pleasant and healthy.

How to do it well? Where is the border between too light and too vigorous training? Between being too tired, being bored and feeling creative tiredness which ensures You that You spent Your workout time productively, that You have enough strength to continue Your day, that You became healthier and stronger?

Which sport aims help You to develop Yourself physically and mentally and which extensively fatigue You and which relax You making You rather rest than train during workouts?

There are different ways to answer these important especially for beginners questions. You may ask Your trainer or more experienced colleagues for a piece of advice. You may adopt practices of other people or even sportsmen. You may develop Your knowledge on the issue and try to use it in practice. You may learn how to listen to Your body (tiredness, excitement, willingness to continue or to stop).

One of the most scientifically based methods is measuring Your heart rate continuously during workouts. You can easily determine Your heart rate zones (such as maximal, resting, aerobic, anaerobic etc. heart rate) and check in which heart rate zone You are.

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In this way You will avoid such usual mistakes of the beginners that are willing to quickly become healthier and stronger and spend too much time in maximum heart rate zone and are constantly exhausted, angry and even may injure themselves. You will not feel frustration due to the fact that the trainings do not make a difference because they are too light.

By monitoring your exercise intensity with your HRM, you can see if your workout is vigorous enough to make a differenceMiHR

Some people naturally tend to be more ambitious, some prefer easy and free conditions. Even knowing one’s habits and willing to do the opposite it is not difficult to make a mistake – to overstrain oneself or underfulfil the rational aims.

The impartial numbers of Your heart rate zones can be good advisers how to spend Your training time, which aims to pursue, how actively to move.

To know more about Your heart rate zones read short article.

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MiBand 2: will it show correct heart rate data?

EDIT: Great news regarding high heart rate measuring by Mi Heart Rate app on Mi Band 2: now it works without problems. Please check it and let me know about the results in the comments below!

We have added support for Mi Band 2 in our Mi Heart Rate app.

The team of volunteer beta testers helped to found out that Mi HR app works with MiBand 2 well. Suddenly one of them, Radek H., explored that no matter how much he run or jumped the monitor shown no higher numbers than 110 bpm. Using his training experience he believed that the training was intensive (about 141 bpm average). “That is definitely wrong measuring – conclude the beta-tester”.

This conclusion was confirmed by the measurement during other runner’s workout. The results of Mi HR’s work on MiBand 2 were compared to the results gained in Mi HR app on Mi Band 1s. The attached results clearly show that beta tester’s suggestion is right:

Mi HR results on MiBand 2
Mi HR results on MiBand 2
Mi HR results on Mi Band 1s
Mi HR results on Mi Band 1s

The question arose if it is caused by wrong app’s algorithm and consequently could and should be corrected or the problem is in MiBand 2 itself and it is impossible to use it for checking Your heart rate during doing sports. The question still needs answer.

Mi HR support team looks for it and will inform You about any progress.

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Please, let us know, whether You experienced the same problems with MiBand 2.

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