- Stretch and warm up. Spend at least ten minutes loosening up before heading out. Injuries frequently occur in the early stages of a run because of inadequate stretching.
- Walk before you run. This heats up the body and gets the muscles prepared for more vigorous exercise.
- Set goals. Put together a training plan that challenges you without stretching your abilities beyond safe boundaries. If you’re not familiar with training plans, ask a running coach or therapist for assistance.
- Be realistic about distances. Is your body accustomed to long runs or short sprints? Take into account your body type, age, and condition before attempting a long distance run.
- Select the right shoes for your specific needs. Running shoes should fit comfortably while providing an adequate amount of support. There are many online shoe-related resources to help you choose the best shoes for you.
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