The Routine: Running for Beginners
Running can strengthen your cardiovascular system, increase bone density, and clear your mind. But to avoid injury or burnout, begin slowly, says John Honerkamp, the head of training for the New York Road Runners club, in New York City, who designed this walk-run regimen. Before starting, get properly fitted for supportive shoes at a running store and grab a stopwatch to track your time. Then do this routine, outside or on a treadmill, twice a week to build endurance. (Don’t worry about how fast you go.) Gradually reduce the time of each walk break until you can comfortably run for 15 minutes straight.