You’re ready to run if you’ve spent at least two weeks walking or doing some other form of exercise (like using a stationary bike or an elliptical trainer) on a regular basis—roughly 30 minutes per day, four or five days per week.
How to get started
Get the goods. You don’t need lots of fancy equipment to start running, but a new pair of shoes are non-negotiable. Worn-out shoes are a leading cause of injury, and often wear and tear aren’t obvious to the naked eye. We can help with this VERY IMPORTANT FIRST STEP.
How fast or slow should you go?
The idea is to run in a relaxed manner with as little tension as possible. Hold your head high, centred between your shoulders, and your back straight. Imagine your body is hanging from a string that is attached to the top of your head.
Aim for a mid-foot strike. Landing in the middle of your foot is the safest way to land for most recreational runners. Avoid striking the ground with your heel or your forefoot first. Your foot should land below your hips – not out in front of you.
Our Podiatrists can plan simple and effective ways to begin exercising or running, which suits your individual needs including selecting great exercise shoes.