(HealthDay News) -- Running is a healthy exercise, but to avoid injury, you shouldn't sprint right into it after months of inactivity.
The American Podiatric Medical Association offers these suggestions when beginning or resuming a running program:
- Don't push yourself too hard in the beginning. Start slowly, and gradually challenge yourself.
- Be sure to stretch before and after you run or jog.
- Get shoes made just for running or jogging.
- When trying on new shoes, be sure to wear the socks you'll run in. They can affect how the shoes fit.
- Consider arch supports or orthotic inserts to protect against problems such as knee pain or shin splints.
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