MOUNT VERNON — You did it at age 2 simply because you could, and likely continued through your teens. Then it may have fallen by the wayside. But you’re never too old to put one foot in front of the other and run for fitness.
Running is a way of life for avid distance runners, but at its core it’s just you and a goal. If you’re new runner or have been away for awhile, four important tips stand out.
First, if there’s any question about your condition and heart health, see your doctor before running. The American Heart Association sets the maximum recommended heart rate during exercise at 220 minus your age. So if you’re 40, the target maximum is 180 beats per minute. During extended exercise, shoot for a rate of 50-80 percent of that maximum. Some runners just keep a pace at which they can comfortably carry on a conversation.
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