Important to recognize is that the general health benefits of running are so profound as to be highly beneficial for lifting weights. Not only will you have more muscle but your lower resting heartrate will be such that you’ll sleep more deeply and be more anabolic, more of the time, resulting in greater muscle growth throughout the day.

But if you’re used to lifting weights – actually a fairly sedentary form of training – how do you get to the point where you’re able to appreciate cardio training? Here are some tips.

1. Get the Right Shoes.

Investing in a few of the right pieces of equipment can make quite a big difference to your training. One example of this is investing in the right shoes. When you do this, you’ll find that your impacts with the pavement cause less of a jolt through your body and that you can run faster with less discomfort.

2. Track Yourself.

Another tip is to invest in some kind of running watch or fitness tracker with GPS built-in. What this will allow you to do, is to monitor the routes you take and to see data such as your average splits (the time it takes you to run 1 mile), your energy expenditure, your heartrate and your calorie burn.

Why is this important? Because it lets you see yourself progressing. Once you start to see that resting heartrate lower and once you start to see yourself running miles in less time, then you can start to get a greater sense of reward from your training. This also means you don’t need to plot out a route before you head outside, which means that you can explore and find new areas while still being able to monitor your precise progress.

3. Enjoy It.

Finally, try not to push yourself too hard too early on. The temptation here is to try and run fast miles or to try and make yourself feel like you’re burning through calories. In reality though, you’ll actually perform much better if you just enjoy running to begin with and take it easy. Don’t set out with any goals – just set out to go for a comfortable jog.

At first, running can be painful, hard and unpleasant. It’s only once you have 10 or so runs under your belt that your body will adapt and become better able to support you through your runs. So slow it down, take it easy and build up slowly!