Get in Shape With Running

A Learn to Run Guide for Couch Potatoes

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Have you decided that now is the time you want to get in shape? A beginner running program is a great way to get in shape, improve your overall health, and establish a regular exercise routine. An extra bonus, of course, is that hopefully you'll be able to maintain your weight or lose some pounds along the way.

If you've never run before, it's helpful to do a little research before you throw on a pair of running shoes and run out the door (or hop on the treadmill).

Check out these articles for some basic information about getting started with running:

Once you've been cleared by your doctor for starting a running program (a good idea for anyone who has been sedentary for more than a year or has a medical condition), you want to learn some of the basic running techniques. Knowing the proper running form and technique will make running (or run/walking) easier, so you'll be able to consistently build up the time and distance that you're running.

Now that you have a basic understanding of how to run, you're ready to start a beginner running program. We have lots of training schedules to choose from, but these training schedules are designed with a total beginner runner in mind:

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