Go Easy At First
You’re just starting out, so take it easy. Warm up and stretch a bit — kick your knees up to your chest, rotate your shoulders, swing your hips this way and that, just enough to get loose. This is called “dynamic stretching” and it’s far preferable to those moves where you pull your feet up behind you to your ass, or where you lean against your car to stretch your calves or whatever — these are called “static stretches” and are best reserved for your post-run routine. Then, well, go! Whether you’re in the great outdoors or on a treadmill, the goal here is to stay comfortable, so run at a pace that isn’t too taxing — this isn’t a race, and even if you’re full of energy and enthusiasm, you don’t want to overdo it and get hurt on your first day. If you want to set a target for day one, try… I don’t know, 20 minutes?
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