Five basic running tips

If walking is the most natural physical movement we do as people, then running would have to be No. 2.
Making the transition from walking to running as we get older can sometimes be difficult, though, because the added stress of running can be tough on the body.
Here are five tips for people who want to start a running program, or improve what they‘re presently doing:
1. Don’t skimp on the shoes! Nothing is more important for runners than being in a good pair of shoes. Running puts a good deal of stress on the feet, but if you go to a specialty fitness store and get a top-of-the-line pair of running shoes it will make a big difference.
2. Look into shoe insoles, aka inserts. Many common foot issues such as flat feet or high arches can be compensated for by getting the proper shoe inserts. Again, talk to a specialty fitness store.
3. Try to find a running partner or partners. It can be more fun to work out with someone else. It’s also a lot tougher to miss a workout if someone else is counting on you.
4. Running on a treadmill is easier than running outside on your body because the landing is cushioned better and you don’t have to deal with the outside elements. However, it’s also good to mix in variety, so you shouldn’t limit all your running to one or the other.
5. A 5K race is a great way for beginning and experienced runners alike to test themselves. It’s the equivalent of 3.1 miles and a reachable goal for most people, even beginners.

At Home Fitness consultant Aaron Dorksen’s blog deals with a variety of fitness topics, ranging from workout tips, motivational ideas and feature stories on how exercise impacts people’s lives. E-mail him with comments, questions or ideas for future blogs at

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