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On the surface, running seems like one of the easiest ways to quickly jump into the world of fitness. Compared to most fitness-related activities, it’s pretty inexpensive—all you need is a pair of shoes, some shorts, a safe place to run, and you’re good to go. Right? Well, ask any of the dozens of beginning runners I’ve worked with and they’ll probably tell you that running is one of the most challenging things they’ve ever attempted.
Why? Well, going from a sedentary lifestyle to suddenly expecting your body to run a mile is pretty unrealistic. Even though it’s low cost and can be done most anywhere at most any time, a beginning runner needs to do a little planning to get his/her head in the game before beginning one of the most rewarding and challenging quests.
These tips will help you ease into running successfully, and actually enjoy your new life as a runner.
Walk to Build Aerobic and Muscular Endurance
Strengthen Your Core
Buy running shoes
Find a Beginning Running Group
Begin With a Run/Walk Format
Listen to Your Body
Hydrate and Fuel
Have Realistic Expectations