Seven Must-Know Tips to Taking Your First Step Toward Running

1. Wear the Right Shoes: Good shoe wear is a necessity! Be prepared to spend $80-100 for a high-quality pair of running shoes. Know your shoe type before buying to ensure proper fit. Consult your physical therapist to learn if you need a stability shoe, a neutral shoe, or a motion control shoe.

2. Walk First: You should begin a walking program to prepare your body for low-impact exercise BEFORE beginning a running program. Once you are able to walk 3 times per week for 30 minutes each time, then you are ready to start a run-walk program. Easing into a running program may take more time than you anticipated; however, you will save yourself many aches and pains as well as prevent injuries by taking the time to walk first.

3. Run Every Other Day: When you begin a running program, give your body a rest day between running days. Walk or lift weights on the days you don’t run. The rest day from running will allow your muscles to recover from beginning a new exercise...

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