If you're just starting to walk or run, a good pair of shoes is important. Here's a primer. When you first start working out, it's tempting to dust off the vaguely-athletic-looking shoes in your closet, but it's not a good idea. Worn-out or ill-fitting shoes are a leading cause of injury. And wear and tear are not always apparent to the naked eye. If you want to stay healthy, fit, and injury-free, invest in a good pair of running shoes.
Follow these tips to make sure you get the pair that you need. (PLUS: Before you step out to shop, check out the Runner's World Shoe Finder to narrow it down to the right ones for your foot type.)
Don't skimp. It may feel like a lot to spend up to $120 on a pair of running shoes, but the investment is worth it. Consider this: Whatever your new shoes cost, it is likely less than the money and time you'd spend seeing the doctor because you got hurt.
See the experts. It's best to go to a specialty running shop (not a big-box or department store) where a salesperson can watch you run and help you select a pair of shoes that offer your feet the
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If you're just starting to walk or run, a good pair of shoes is important. Here's a primer. When you first start working out, it's tempting to dust off the vaguely-athletic-looking shoes in your closet, but it's not a good idea. Worn-out or ill-fitting shoes are a leading cause of injury. And wear and tear are not always apparent to the naked eye. If you want to stay healthy, fit, and injury-free, invest in a good pair of running shoes.Read More »from 6 Tips for Buying the Perfect Running Shoes
- From the editors of Runner's World | Healthy Living – Mon, Jul 22, 2013 12:18 PM EDT
Brian RobertsonRead More »from “I Became a Runner and Lost Half My Weight--While Coping with Multiple Sclerosis!”
Hometown: Union Mills, NC
Family: I have a wonderful wife, Jennifer; two beautiful daughters, Ona (age 10), Trinity (age 8), and a 2-week-old son, Junah.
Brian Robertson's multiple sclerosis diagnosis didn't keep him from transforming his life. Read Brian's inspirational story to learn what motivated him to start running and inspired him to lose half his body weight.
What's your regular workout routine?
I run five days a week.
What was the biggest hurdle and how did you get over it?
Getting past the mental wall that I created myself. I had myself believing that I couldn't do this because of my disease. When I thought about giving up, I thought of my family. A few years ago I took my daughters to an amusement park. My oldest daughter wanted to ride a ride. We stood in line for almost an hour. Our time came to get on the ride and the bar that holds us in would not fit over my belly. We had to leave and she didn't get to ride. I felt so bad. On all those days I
A refresher course on how much--and what--to drink on hot summer runsDuring the blazing days of summer, you need more than sunscreen to protect your body from the sun. "Hydration becomes most important during intense exercise in the heat," says Douglas Casa, Ph.D., who heads the University of Connecticut's Korey Stringer Institute, which studies heatstroke and other causes of sudden death in sports. "If you're not adequately hydrated, your blood volume drops, which means your heart has to work harder to power your muscles and keep you cool. When that happens, your athletic performance suffers."Read More »from What to Drink for Your Hot Summer Workouts
While it's important to stay hydrated during exercise, it's impossible to create one-size-fits-all drinking guidelines. Every athlete's needs are different. Your body weight, sweat rate, and effort level, along with the temperature, humidity, and elevation, affect how much you should drink. That doesn't mean you should leave your hydration plan up to chance. These strategies can help ensure you drink the right amount before, during, and after every run.
You know running is healthy, but do you know all the good it does?You know running is healthy, but do you know all the good it does? Read on to find out how it really helps your body.Read More »from 9 Surprising Ways Running Boosts Your Health
Ignore the naysayers-running isn't necessarily bad for your knees. Research from Australia's Monash University suggests that the impact of running can increase cartilage production, which can safeguard your joints from arthritis.
Research from Bellarmine University found that very fit women were six percent more likely to have better hearing than less-fit women. Exercise improves circulation to the ear, which provides a greater supply of nutrients to help preserve hearing.
SAVES YOUR SKIN
Rutgers researchers found that mice who drank caffeinated water and then ran had fewer skin-cancer tumors than rodents who either just got caffeine or just ran. The caffeine-exercise combo caused fewer damaged cells to develop.
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Put down the painkillers. A study conducted at the
JEREMY OLIVER, 31Read More »from “I Became a Runner and Lost 150 Pounds!”
Vice president at a community bank
LOCATION: Columbia, Mississippi
WHAT GOT ME GOING: When I found out my wife was pregnant in 2009, I wasn't exercising and I weighed 400 pounds. I wanted to be around for my son and I knew that I wouldn't be able to if I didn't change something. I had tried exercise programs before, but I never got to a point where it was part of my daily routine. I knew that I had to start exercising, and I had to do it in a way that I could stick with it.
SECRET OF MY SUCCESS: Starting small and adding a little bit at a time. When you're 400 pounds, you can't just get out there and run the mile. So I'd go out to a track and run the straight and walk the rest of the lap. Each time I'd go out and add a straight and eventually got to a point where I could run one time around the track. That was a huge milestone. Now I'm not even getting my heart rate up when I'm running that far.
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HOW RUNNING CHANGED
Looking to slim down? Here's why you should be running.Any exercise is good exercise, but when it comes to losing weight, it's hard to beat running. After all, running is one of the most efficient ways to burn calories and get fit without having to restrict your diet. If you're already a runner, keep on keepin' on. If you're not a runner yet but interested in losing weight, here are four reasons running can be the best exercise for weight loss.Read More »from 4 Reasons Running is Best for Weight Loss
1. Running works even when you're at rest. High-intensity exercise like running stimulates more "afterburn" than low-intensity exercise. That is, even when comparing running with walking the same distance, studies find that running will lead to greater weight loss, most likely because your resting energy expenditure stays elevated after you run. In a long-term comparison study of runners and walkers, calories burned through running led to 90% more weight loss than calories burned through walking.
PLUS: The Truth About Running vs. Walking for Weight Loss
2. Running is time-efficient. Even if the myth
Lonnie St. John lost one third of his body weight, then won his age group at the 2013 Vancouver USA Half-MarathonNAME: Lonnie St. JohnRead More »from “I Ran a Half-Marathon and Lost 100 Pounds!”
OCCUPATION: Medical Customer Service
HOMETOWN: Troutdale, Oregon
FAMILY: Awesome wife Roni; four children: Sam, 23; Nick, 21; Hannah, 18; and Christian, 16
What prompted you to start working out? I've been overweight pretty much my whole life. 2012 started just like any other year. I made the usual "I'm going to lose weight" resolution. A funny thing happened though; I didn't stop once I hit a certain point like I had so many times in the past.
How did you start? The first 20 to 30 pounds I lost just by changing what I ate. I didn't really start working out until later. Given that my physical base was pretty limited, I stuck to the elliptical machine for the first few months. By March I started venturing over to the treadmills at the gym and seeing what I could accomplish, which wasn't much. But I stuck with it and gradually built up to being able to run one mile. Then it was just a matter of showing up every day and putting in the effort.
Running helped Kelly Cassidy quit smoking, lose weight, and become a role model for her sons.NAME Kelly CassidyRead More »from “I Became a Runner and Quit Smoking!”
OCCUPATION Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist
HOMETOWN Milford, MI
LIVES IN Weston, FL
FAMILY Husband Sean and two boys, Declan (2001) and Aidan (2003)
What prompted you to start running?
I was a busy mom and almost 40 years old. I felt really bad about myself and needed to do something to feel more confident. I needed to do something active other than working and taking care of my family. I also was not a good role model for my children, as I was a smoker. My father was a smoker and he had survived a heart attack. I was determined to decrease my chances of the same happening to me. My younger brother had quit smoking by taking up running. He ran 5-Ks almost every weekend and placed in his age group multiple times. He then ran a marathon. He was one of the first people to inspire me to do something.
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How did you start running?
My husband got me to start walking on a treadmill. I just had to watch
We all know that running is good for your overall health, but new research is revealing that it can be benefit more than just your physique. Here are 5 more reasons you should hit the pavement.Read More »from 5 Surprising Ways Running Makes You Smarter
1. Running helps your brain grow.
Don't worry - we're not talking bursting-through-your-skull growth. Running stimulates the creation of new nerve cells and blood vessels within the brain, an organ that tends to shrink as a person ages. Also, studies have shown that running may help increase the volume of the midbrain (which controls vision and hearing) and the hippocampus (which is linked to memory and learning).
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2. Running helps your brain age better.
In addition to preventing or reversing age-related shrinkage, running affects brain chemicals in a way that sets runners up to have healthier-than-average brains later in life. A study last year measured neural markers and cognitive function in middle-aged athletes and non-athletes, and while the
I was tired of feeling tired, sick, and worn out from just walking a flight of stairsAndrea "Andi" Ball, 31Read More »from "I Became a Runner and Lost Over 100 Pounds!"
WHAT GOT ME GOING: I was at my highest weight in January of 2011--103 pounds heavier than I am now--and I was so frustrated! I was constantly tired and knew that something needed to change. I started with classes at the gym and small diet changes. While recovering from a serious illness in June of 2011 that spiraled into acute renal failure, I got winded just walking a flight of stairs. I examined what I needed to do to be the best me that I could be. I started a couch-to-5-K training program two months later.
TRY THIS: The World's Easiest Couch-to-5K Plan
SECRET OF MY SUCCESS: What really helped keep me on track was making my goals very public plus joining a training group. When you tell people that you're training for something and they ask how training is going or what your next race is, it really helps to get you out the door on the days when your internal motivation may be lacking. It is a giant boost to have people "like" your