Read about the benefits of running and how to get started.


Running is one of best forms of exercise that is accessible to almost anyone.  You don’t need a gym membership, you don’t need to drive anywhere to do your workout and you don’t need to outfit yourself with lots of expensive equipment.  It’s easy to throw on a pair of running shoes, open the door and run.  Here are some tips that might convince you to get started.  


Some of the benefits of running include improved cardiovascular health, endurance and improved lower body strength.  With these improvements (in combination with healthy eating) comes a decrease in your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes as well as various gastrointestinal, heart and circulatory problems.  Running will also release endorphins that make you feel happy and exhilarated.  Running can be a social event or a silent, solitary getaway.


What do you need to get started?  First you have to want it: get into the spirit of it.  Dress for the weather: comfortable clothing that does not constrict you or your breathing; pack your water with you and maybe a snack if you will be out for a while.  Most importantly you will need good running shoes.  Shoes should be designed for running, should be well fitted, offer support where you need it and be comfortable.  Take the time when you go shoe shopping to ensure that you are fitted correctly: we have some awesome local establishments that will recommend the best shoes for you.


So you can run for your physical health and mental health; you can run to get somewhere or to enjoy the outdoors; you can run for a cause or you can run just “‘cause you feel like runnin’”...whatever your reasons may be, just get out there and try it!


Now how do you run?  It seems so simple to just bolt out the door, but if you want to avoid injury and get the most of your time out there, you might want to consider the following tips: