Running is a common type of exercise used to improve physical fitness. As a cardiovascular activity, it offers a number of health benefits that include weight loss, stress reduction, improved bone density and lower blood pressure. The benefits of running are greater for heavier individuals; people who weigh more will lose weight faster, given the same pace and distance. Running is also an ideal way to maintain one's weight and current level of fitness. Before they start running, people should do proper warm-up exercises, choose the right shoes and clothing, and know what time of the day and what weather is best for running.
The Road Runners Club of America provides advice for novice runners, including how to find a club for runners and how to start out by taking it easy at first.
Running offers great health benefits, but it also carries a high risk of injury. The Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma explains what injuries can happen and how to avoid them.
Click this link for a guide to running for beginners. It talks about how to train, what running form to use and more.
Starting gradually, planning a routine and learning the three styles of running are some of the tips found here.
Oregon Health & Science University talks about getting started with running, racing advice and injuries.
Good nutrition and warm-up exercises may not protect runners from blisters on the feet, which can ultimately get infected. Greatist has an article that explains three ways that one can treat or even avoid blisters when running.
Go to the Rush University Medical Center's website for advice on how to be safe and comfortable while running outside during the winter months.
According to studies, running 51 minutes in a week adds three years to one's life. The UC Berkeley School of Public Health explains how to get the maximum benefits from running here.
Read this article for tips on proper nutrition after short and long runs.
Visit The Telegraph for some advice on what runners should eat to get the best results out of their routine.
This page offers helpful tips for beginners on a strength training exercise that can help improve one's performance.
Click this link for a guide to getting started running properly.
U.S. News & World Report provides pregnant women with information on how to run safely while carrying a baby. It also includes a list of warning signs that indicate when running can be hazardous.
According to an article by Fox News, injuries to the knee can happen to up to 70 percent of runners. Go here for information on what knee injuries are most common and how to prevent them.
Visit the ABC News website for an article that provides ways to go running safely during the winter. It covers proper shoes and clothing, how to remain visible to cars and running against the wind.
Your Guide to Running at Any Level (slideshow)
Go here for a 17-panel slide show about different types of races that athletes can participate in.
Spring weather can change dramatically when one is outside running. This article talks about how to dress properly, including wearing water-repellent shoes and running sleeves that can be taken off when temperatures rise.
Not all shoes are fit for fitness-based running activities. The University of Connecticut talks about what shoes one should look for when getting dressed for running.
The Joslin Diabetes Center has a page here with tips on how people with diabetes can get the most out of jogging or running.
Visit Mount St. Mary's University's website for information about how to stay safe while running outside.
Reducing exertion levels on hot and humid days is one of the points that the Boston Athletic Association makes here in an article about preparing for unfavorable weather conditions.
Men's and women's bodies react differently to heat. Learn about how people can pace themselves properly while running when it's hot.
Proper hydration and running at sunrise or sunset are some of the ways that runners can help themselves stay safe during the summer months.
Learn about how to run without suffering injuries by reading this article at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Children's Hospital website.
Every year, up to 65 percent of runners will suffer an injury, according to the Cleveland Clinic, which provides this article that outlines ways to prevent these injuries.
Runners have to use caution every time they go out for a run, and the information in this fact sheet can help by providing valuable tips on safety.
Get information about running-related news and tips by clicking this link to the website Cool Running.
Click this link to visit the website for Women's Running magazine.
Competitive and casual runners can find useful running-related articles and information when they click this link to Runner's World.
People who are getting started with running should visit this page to learn about terms related to this activity.