If you are looking for a way to get in shape, then there is no better activity than running to get you there. A solo activity that's easy to make time for even in a busy schedule, running trumps other sports in terms of sheer convenience and accessibility. It can also be a lot of fun, providing you with opportunities to test yourself based on pace, distance, terrain, and more. Before you head out the door for your first run, though, keep the 10 tips below in mind to ensure the most fulfilling experience possible.
- Invest in a good pair of running shoes
- Also invest in other gear
- Get in the habit
- Find a few new routes
- Run with friends or family members
- Listen to music
- Start small and build up
- Mix up your training
- Set goals for yourself
- Remember to stretch
Invest in a good pair of running shoes
The first tip that any runner will give you is almost always going to have something to do with running shoes. Essentially, you don't want to run in just any pair of sneakers or worn out athletic shoes you have lying around the house. Instead, you should start shopping for a pair of shoes that were actually designed with running in mind?and just as importantly, a pair of shoes that fit your feet perfectly and offer ample arch support.
Also invest in other gear
You won't need a lot of specialized gear to be a runner, beyond the shoes. With that said, it's still a good idea to pick up a pick up a few running shirts and a few pairs of running shorts. Having the right gear will make running more comfortable and help you avoid chafing or blisters.
Get in the habit
You're never really going to be a runner if you only go once or twice a week or if you only decide to head out when the weather is