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Running is one of the best aerobic conditioners and is inexpensive. Anyone can run and you do not have to be fit to do it. It is good to do it with a friend or by yourself. You can do it in any weather as long as you are wearing the apprioriate clothes. The only equipment you will need is a pair of good running shoes.

Running burns up more calories per minute than many other sports and is considered one of the best aerobic exercises. It can be a casual, non-competitive sport done at a pace as fast or slow as a person wishes, or it can be taken to a higher level, with competition in short- and long-distance road races or even biathlons and triathlons.

Equipment

Shoes are the most important thing you will need. You can get racing shoes which are lightweight or training shoes which will last longer and give more support.

When buying a pair of shoes make sure they fit well, are comfortable and have good support. Try on the shoes at the store and go for a jog in them. Make sure they fit well and are comfortable. Go to a specialised running store to get them. Tell them what you are planning to do with the shoes.

Benefits

  • Running strengthens your legs
  • Develops your endurance
  • Boosts your energy
  • Burn 585-700 calories an hour, depending on your speed and size.
  • Running is known to be a mood-altering activity that can still your mind and sharpen your focus. It eases stress, alleviates depression and helps renew and restore your mental well-being.
  • It improves your cardiovascular fitness.
  • Running can reduce your stress, the risk of having a heart attack, it lowers cholosteral and improves just about all of your body functions.

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Cold Weather
Layering is a science, when it comes to dressing for winter running. The inner layer has to wick the sweat away from the body. Look for polypropylene, silk and acrylics; stay away from cotton. The middle layer needs to keep you warm, so try fleece. The outer layer cuts the wind; synthetics such as nylon are great, and look for new microfibers. Choose from tights, sweatpants or running suit bottoms to cover legs. Wear a cap that covers your ears, since heat escapes from your head, and don mittens or gloves. You can even resort to a polar or ski mask. Runners get runny noses in the cold, so carry extra tissues.

Warm Weather
In warmer climes and during the summer, the basic objective is to stay dry. Go for synthetic fibers that keep away sweat, not a cotton T-shirt that will be sopping wet in seconds. Some runners wear a sweatband or bandanna to catch the sweat drops.

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