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How to Help Girls Start Running

How to Help Girls Start Running

Running is a great way to bond with your child. It’s cheap, it doesn’t take much planning or equipment. Just you, your girl and the trail. What could be simpler?

Running is great exercise and an easy sport anyone can enjoy whatever their age or level of fitness. Unsure how to convince your child to pull on her running shoes? Read on for our top tips.

Why girls will love running

If you’re a runner, your child has probably witnessed your excitement about running. Enthusiasm is contagious. Don’t pressure her to come along, but let her know she’s welcome if she wants to.

The most important thing is to relax and enjoy. Your aim is to show her running can be fun as well as healthy. It’s also an opportunity for you to spend time together which will become even more precious as she gets older.

Although you shouldn’t place too much emphasis on times or distances while your child is young, as she gets older setting and achieving goals will help her build confidence as well as stamina.

Where to go running

Choose trails that are interesting for your kids. You might prefer to avoid muddy puddles, but they probably won’t. Running on dirt trails or grass is easier on joints than the sidewalk. Make sure you choose a shady trail and take plenty of water.

To find a running program near you, take a look at Girls On The Run.

Top tips for your first running experience

  • Don’t aim to go too far or too fast. Once or twice a week is a perfect start and aim for 0.5 - 1 mile. Use the run-walk-run technique.

  • Take a water bottle and teach your daughter the importance of staying hydrated.

  • Running is safe for kids as long as they feel no pain. If you have any doubts, consult your doctor.
For more information, take a look at The Healthy Kids Running Series.

Grab your running shoes and hit the track. Who knows where it might take you?

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