Six tips to reduce your risk of injury and keep you motivated when thinking of taking up running or a sport that involves running

  • Tip ONE – Improve your core

If you are new to running then it is a good idea to improve your core before starting your training. Yoga, Tai Chi or Pilates are good for this.

  • Tip TWO – Start out slow

Begin with a few brisk walks for 30 minutes or so each day then gradually increase into a jog.

  • Tip THREE – Find a training buddy

Most people find it easier to keep up with regular exercise if they do it with someone else. There are lots of running clubs that offer beginners groups or find a friend also planning to start running

  • Tip FOUR – Pick the right shoes for the right job.

Running shoes are an investment – talk to the professionals in a running shop who will be able to give you advice on the best shoes for you. As a beginner you don’t need the top of the range just a good all rounder.

  • Tip FIVE – Get professional help.

If you have any concerns about a niggle or you feel any discomfort when running – seek help early before it stops your activity altogether.

  • Tip SIX – Never underestimate the power of a good pair of socks.

Poor quality socks can cause rubs and blisters and prevent you getting out and about. Invest in good quality running socks.