So regardless of your running experience, it pays to take precautions to avoid common problems like blisters, painful shins and soft tissue injuries.
Here are some tips to help:
- If you’re overweight, pregnant or over 40, see a doctor before you begin any new exercise program .
- The same goes if you’ve ever had serious health conditions like heart attack, stroke, asthma, diabetes or musculoskeletal issues.
- Wear shoes specifically designed for running, and have them professionally fitted so they will support your feet properly.
- Opt for loose cotton clothing that helps draw away sweat to avoid overheating.
- Wear a hat, apply high-SPF sunscreen, and run in the morning or evening during the hot summer months.
- Drink plenty of water to keep well hydrated.
- Aim for a pace where you can have a conversation without becoming breathless.
- Don’t push too hard beyond your current fitness level. It may seem counter-intuitive – but when you’re building up your fitness through running, slow and steady really does win the race!