Go outside and run. Now. The best way to start running is simply to put on a pair of running shoes and hit the pavement, dirt or grass. The motion of running will feel strange at first, as muscles that normally don’t get much use spring into awkward action. This is normal. Run until your legs are burning and your chest is heaving; for true beginners, that usually occurs after about 5-10 minutes.
- When you’re just starting out, you don’t need fancy running shoes. An old pair of sneakers will do. Once you know you want to continue the sport, you can upgrade.
- Run in comfortable clothes. Put on gym shorts, a t-shirt, and a sports bra if necessary. Don’t wear anything too constricting.
- Run anywhere. Your neighborhood, in a park, up and down your driveway, on the local track at a school. One of the best things about running as a sport is that you can do it almost anywhere, and you’re not chained to a gym.