How to Start Running

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Running is one of the best forms of exercise available – and also one of the least expensive. But going from sedentary to active status can be intimidating. Here are a few tips to make the transition a little more seamless.

  1. Purchase a decent pair of running shoes. Don’t go crazy, you don’t need top of the line running shoes which can be costly, but a good, solid shoe is important to ensure sufficient cushioning which will protect you from injury.
  2. Consult with your doctor and confirm that running is a good activity for you to meet your goals.
  3. Always stretch and warm-up before you run. A few minutes of stretching followed by a 15 minute warm up walk is a good start.
  4. Try to run at least 3 times a week. But in the beginning try not to run two days in a room, at least for the first two months. Your muscles need time to get used to the new activity.
  5. Start out by running for a few minutes and walking for a few minutes and alternate as comfortable. Don’t ask your body to do too much too soon. This is how injuries happen.
  6. Your goal should be more focused on how much time you spend running, rather than distance.
  7. Do not drastically increase the time you spend running too quickly. Your body needs to adjust gradually. You risk injury by asking too much too soon.
  8. Take your time and move at your own pace. Don’t feel pressure to enter a race or marathon before your body is ready to do this.
  9. Find a running buddy. It helps to have someone next to you to motivate you when you are tired and ready to throw in the towel.
  10. It is just as important to cool down as it is to warm up. This helps you to avoid muscle cramping and injury.

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