Walking to Running: Breaking the Barrier

As a running enthusiast, it was a great pleasure when I got to write an article for Fitternity.com on how to graduate from a walker to a runner. This post originally appeared here.

Following is an excerpt:

The transition from a leisurely walk to running short distances is an immensely satisfying one. Having already gotten into the rhythm of walking regularly, one can easily make the shift to becoming a runner. A run is a great cardiovascular activity which helps in building stamina.

Before you begin running:

You will need a comfortable pair of running shoes before you begin training. Any regular pair of running-specific shoes available in the market should be good to start with. You need not get worried by the myriad of options. If you do have an injury or flat fleet, do point it out at the sports apparel store and they will be able to help you select a pair of shoes with appropriate padding. Good quality running shoes cost anywhere between Rs. 2,500 to Rs. 4,000.

Another area that needs focus is apparel. Running shorts are preferable. However, even your track suit bottoms are great to begin with, just don’t wear anything with too much loose material as it may get in the way of your stride.

Next, you will need to find a 30 minute window during the day that you can dedicate to your running. Pick the time of the day you are most comfortable with. Some people love beginning their day with a run whereas others prefer to wind down their days with an evening jog.


You can read the rest of the article here.

Do visit Fitternity.com for more great articles on a host of fitness related topics.