Want to try running but don't know how to get started? Trust me, you are not alone on this one. Whether you are trying to fulfill a New Year's resolution or you just want to break in some new sneakers, this is a popular time of year to give running a try.  

But most folks don't know what to do once the shoes are laced and the running jacket is zipped. They hit the ground running and run as hard and fast as they can in any one direction. Then they limp home with blisters and a bum knee and toss those new sneaks in the trash.

Running is not for everyone, but it is an easy and relatively inexpensive way to lose weight and stay in shape. And it is much easier to do than most people think. The key is to start slowly and work towards small, manageable goals.  

If you're new to running, a couch-to-5K program might be just what you need to get started with running and make sure that you stick with it. And starting now will get you in great shape for all of those spring 5K races that pop up in towns big and small.

Of course, you should check in with your health care provider before you start any new exercise program. But if you get the OK and decide to give it a try, check out these great resources to help you get in running shape. Happy running!

From Couch to 5K Infographic via Fitbug

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