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Published on November 14, 2016

Running: How to Get Started

Running - it's as easy as putting on foot in front of the other. Learn how to start your running routine indoors this winter on The Edge blog from Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Services.As Easy as Putting One Foot in Front of the Other

Have you ever considered running for aerobic exercise? It might be easier than you think and can be a good way to burn fat and reduce stress inexpensively.

Getting Started

Most people can ease into their own running routine. “Like the start of any exercise, it’s best to get your physician’s okay first,” says Dr. David R. Ross, orthopedic surgeon and competitive runner. This is especially important if you are a smoker, have a history of heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, history of joint problems, are overweight, or older than 40.

After you see your doctor, buy a good pair of athletic shoes for comfort and to avoid injury. Warm up before you run by walking for a short period first.

“If you are a beginning runner, start slowly and do not push your body too hard. Start by walking and gradually add jogging to your routine,” says Dr. Ross. “To help prevent injuries, avoid running too far or too fast too soon. Even with slow, easy exercise, it is normal to have small aches and pains at first but will lessen as your muscles get stronger.”

Pace Yourself

The most common running injuries affect the knees and feet and result from overusing muscles. Athletes often use the term “runner’s knee” to describe a variety of knee injuries caused by overuse, poor stretching habits, or
muscle imbalance. It’s important to listen to your body. If running results in pain, try changing your running habits or stop and rest for several days. See your physician if the pain lasts.

Although running burns calories and improves endurance and cardiovascular fitness, it is not as good at improving flexibility and strength like swimming, bicycling, and lifting weights. A combination of activities will improve your overall fitness and reduce your risk for injury.

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