Most people can run however we can’t all be like Mo Farah, but running is easier than you think and an excellent form of exercise. Take a look at our tips to get you off the couch and into trainers.
The Right Kit
Aside from purchasing a suitable pair of trainers and finding comfortable, breathable clothing, it is virtually free to go running.
A quality pair of trainers doesn't have to cost more than £30-40, and breathable running socks are only a few pounds. This is a small price to pay to avoid awful blisters and otherwise preventable foot injuries!
Finding a Route
A good running kit is the main thing to get you started, the other is finding somewhere you are comfortable running. While pavement is not the nicest surface for your joints, it is the most widely available in the cities, especially going to and from work.
Gyms are perfect for strength and endurance training, and for when the weather makes it less than appealing for a run.
Setting the Pace
If you’re new to exercise or used to run back in school, getting into the right pace may take some time. There are many training plans available online for all speeds, including the NHS Couch to 5K programme.
You won’t be running a marathon in your first week, but setting goals such as running a 5K in 10 weeks can help shape your running plans.
It is just as important to stretch both before and after running. Spend a few minutes stretching hamstrings, calves and thighs as well as your feet before your run and after your cool down.
The information in these pages is intended as general advice only. If you or your family members require medical advice or have any medical concerns, please contact your GP.