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2/16/13 9:44 A

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You'll likely get oodles of well thought out, more educated responses, but my very simplistic suggestion involves two things.

1. Get a pair of good sneakers. Head to a sporting goods store and ask for running shoes.

2. Head home, get into comfy clothes, put on your new shoes, and walk out your front door!

You figure out the rest as you go along...by encountering challenges and looking for solutions. It doesn't need to start complicated, you just need to start! I started about the same point where you are and that's what I did. I'm still a novice, but am learning more every day. I'm not a member of a gym (and didn't want to spend the money on something I didn't know if I'd stick with). I started out walking, then walking faster, then walking even faster, then adding little bits of running. There are oodles of training programs out there, but lacing up and heading out the front door is the first, biggest step! If you prefer the treadmill, then ask someone to give you a quick run-through of the features and get on it! The key is to just START!

Wishing you much success!!!

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2/15/13 8:43 P

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I am Sarah and am here in the hopes of figuring out running basics and how to get started. I have found some articles on the site that are helpful, I have trouble finding some with how the sites organized. If anyone has advice on what I should know and how to start would be helpful along with how to find articles on the site better. Heres some general info on me and my history with running.exercise in general.
-As far as exercise, for me its not a routine. I have never been in sports or exercised regularly during my life. Keeping a schedule going and not getting confused or busy with my life has been a recurring them when trying to get active.
-I have been given clearance by my doctor to begin working out or exercising, she has advised me to get a wrap for one of my ankles due to spraining it a few times.
-I have access to a gym/wellness center at my college with a small walking/running track, weight and other machines, and a few different options for classes and help if needed.
-I am lost with the weight machines and sometimes the ellipticals/treadmills and how to use them and dont know what to start at sometimes for weight/reps or the settings to use them. They have trainers and a beginner class I could join. One is going on right now, I cant start until they start their next round of fitness classes.
-Othe than that, I am thinking basic exercises for fitness might be my best choice for now and after that, working more towards my goal of running.
-I also need to get different shoes, whether they are for working out or running, I am not sure what would be best at this point. I am open to different stores and brands though reasonable, say under 100 for a pair would be best. I am thinking about getting a foot assesment to see what would be best and I am not sure what stores near me offer that.

Thanks in advance!!

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