What is it?
Running is one of the simplest, cheapest and most effective forms of exercise. It can be done almost anytime and anywhere, and requires very little equipment.
Running includes quick walking, jogging, running and racing – it really doesn’t matter how fast or slow you are. Just find what works for you, by building up gradually.
Running can be great fun and very sociable – you can run with a friend, make new friends with a beginners group, go to your local parkrun, or even head to a running club. You certainly don’t have to enter a race to enjoy running – just put on a pair of trainers and get out there doing what you want to do.
Why is it good for me?
Running is good for your heart and strengthens your bones and tendons. Getting outside, or hitting the treadmill can be a great way to clear your head and relax.
How much does it cost?
Running is one of the cheapest sports around, as very little kit is needed to take part and there is no additional equipment, just some trainers and comfortable clothes.
Some running groups offer a taster session for free before commiting to a membership.
What equipment do I need?
The two essentials items are a good pair of trainers, and a supportive sports bra. These will make your running easier and more enjoyable.
Trainers can be purchased from any running or sports shop. Most will have staff that can advise you on the right pair for you – make sure they are comfortable. Prices start at around £50.
Check out these tips on running kit.