So you are ready to get moving and start to hit the road? Great! Running is one of the most popular sports for beginner fitness enthusiasts, for quite a lot of different reasons. It is no secret that running is one of the cheapest sports there is, as you do not need to invest in a lot of expensive equipments or membership fee. It can also be done practically anywhere and everywhere, and all you need is a pair of running shoes and comfortable shoes and you are more than ready to begin your venture as a beginner runner. However, there are more to running than getting the first pair of running shoes you have your eyes on at the sports retail store, and if you want to dedicate yourself to this sport there are several things you need to know.


The first and most important thing any runner needs to do before they even begin is to get the right running shoes for their foot type. Everyone has different and unique foot strike pattern and type, and knowing your foot type will help you greatly in choosing the most comfortable and most fitting pair of running shoes for you. It is also advisable to invest in a pair of good quality running shoes, as a bad pair of shoes can hinder your progress or worse, increase the risk of potential injuries. Take your time to consult the staffs of the store of your choice, and take a gait analysis if they provide such service. You might need to prepare a separate budget of USD80 to upwards of USD100 for your first pair of running shoes, but let it be known that this initial investment is definitely worth it if you are serious about the the sports, as a good pair of running shoes can last for a pretty long time and withstand quite a lot of wear.

The next thing for you to do is to choose a running plan you want to follow. This helps easing you on running itself as well as establishing your running habit, which is especially beneficial if you are relatively out of shape or if you have been sedentary or lethargic for a long time. There are many running plans you could choose from, the information on which is widely available on the internet. If you want to, you can also look up your local running store or club and ask their recommendation about a running plan for beginners.

Lastly, remember that similarly to most things in life, you do not become good at running right away. No one can run a marathon the first time they start running, and pushing your body over its limit might be counterproductive to your health as well as fitness goal. Basic physical exercise routine such as warming up and cooling down needs to be practiced, and always listen to your body if you are experiencing any pain.

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