Get the right gear

Once you’ve decided to try out running, it’s time to get yourself new shoes, as the wrong pair can cause foot pain. “Walking and running are two different kinesiological phenomena, and should be treated as such from the ground up,” says personal trainer Amanda Dale. “Running shoes should encourage a midfoot strike—rather than the heel strike that most of us use while walking—and provide proper cushioning to combat your foot’s natural pronation (inward rotation) or supination (outward rotation). Getting a professional gait analysis and shoe fitting is typically a free service available at any major running store.”

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