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How To Start Running

How To Start Running


Now that the weather is improving it’s a great time to start thinking about getting fit and active. Running is a great way to improve fitness and get healthier. If you haven’t done much running before here’s a few tips on how to start running to turn you from a walker to a runner.

–          Always start with a 5 minute walk to warm up

–          On the first day jog for 1-2 minutes, walk 3-4 minutes and repeat 3-4 times

–          Gradually increase the amount of running and decrease the amount of walking

–          You may feel a little breathless but should always be able to carry out a conversation while running

–          Contact you chartered physiotherapist for more information

–          Check out this couch to 5k website for more tips


  1. It has been a long time since I’ve gone for a run, and I think it’s time to get back in the habit. I might have to get a running partner so I can talk to them and make sure that I can carry out a conversation and don’t over exert myself. how many times a week should I go for a run when starting out?

    • April
      I hope you have made a start. Rest days are more important than the number of running sessions per week. Aim to rest 72 hrs between runs at the start gradually reducing to 48 hrs as you get fitter. Listen to your body but running every day is not recommended except for elite athletes who are resting i.e sleeping between sessions. Happy Running Aileen

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