Running is one of the most popular physical activities in the UK today, and with a little thought it can be very beneficial in terms of your health and wellbeing. We've put together a quick 20 Step Guide to getting your running habit kick started and then maintaining it - here are the first 5...
1 Don't Cry - It's Hard For Everyone At First
Everyone who has ever started running tells the same story - the first time is the hardest. Many people who couldn't manage half a mile on their first run go on to complete marathons so don't let the tough intro stop you.
2 Phone A Friend
Lots of people run quite happily on their own, however running with a friend or in a group can be a real motivation on the occasions when you can't really be bothered and the sofa and TV are beckoning. Running with a buddy provides a good discipline - you won't want to let someone else down. And it's good fun to share your struggles and successes with a sympathetic ear.
3 Buy Decent Footwear
If you're going to be a runner you need to wear a bona fide pair of running shoes. Once you get into it you may be running 15 or 20 miles a week - that can add up to 1,000 miles a year. Scary! However contemporary running footwear is a journey into leading edge science. Fabulous materials and technology combine to create shoes that are comfortable and will help keep you injury-free.
4 Book A Regular Slot
We're all creatures of habit so why not develop a couple of good ones instead of adding to that long list of bad ones. Decide times, twice or three times a week, when you are going to go for a run. Find suitable slots in your working and domestic routine and then stick to them. After a few weeks Tuesday evening and Saturday morning will be your natural running times - you won't even have to think about it.
5 Get Some Comfortable Clothes
As with footwear, modern sports clothing makes running a much more enjoyable experience. Forget about those old cotton t-shirts which get damp and uncomfortable. Head to your nearest specialist runnning shop to find a wide range of efficient jackets and tops which wick moisture away from your body keeping you dry and cool.
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