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Top Tips to get Running

    • Running is a fantastic form of exercise because you don't need much equipment. It may be worth investing in a good pair of running shoes to make sure that your run is as comfortable and safe as it can be.
    • Plan your runs – put it in your diary. That way, you have it in your mind and won't plan anything else instead.
    • If you haven't run before or for a while, remember to ease yourself into running slowly and increase the pace/distance gradually as you get more used to it.
    • Warm up - Remember to warm up for at least 5 minutes before each run. You could march on the spot, climb the stairs, side step or do knee lifts.
    • Mix it up - When you first start, try mixing walking and running together. The walking phase will provide a good recovery.
    • If you need help with how to run correctly: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/c25k/Pages/how-to-run.aspx
    • The NHS Couch to 5k programme is a great programme to get you started. It is designed to get you off the couch and running in just 9 weeks. It provides step-by-step instructions via a free app: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/c25k/Pages/couch-to-5k.aspx
    • And aim for a parkrun http://www.parkrun.org.uk/
    • Join a group – RunTogether was created by England Athletics to provide fun, friendly, supportive and inclusive opportunities for those who want to run. Find a group near you: https://runtogether.co.uk/groups/
    • If you are looking for female only running groups the Sisters R doing it can cater to your needs. https://events.stockton.gov.uk/stockton-events/sisters-r-doing-it/
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