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- If you want to shape up, walking, jogging and running can all provide a step in the right direction. And preparing for the Easter Monday Road Race in Whitehead can motivate you to get started into running or even the Fun Run if the full circuit is too much at present. Walking, jogging and running are not only excellent aerobic exercise but they can be the easiest and most natural route to fitness.
- Running or walking outside, however, may not always be a natural choice. When you exercise on concrete sidewalks, for example, the impact shock is “bounced” back to your knees and hips, because concrete is a rigid material. If you’re not enthusiastic about running or walking in winter weather or if you live where there’s a lot of traffic, you may want to work out at the gym or invest in a state-of-the-art treadmill.
- A treadmill, whether at the gym or one you install in your garage, can make it easier to achieve fitness goals and the latest treadmills offer many fun, motivating features that let you track progress. Not all treadmills are created equal, however, and a badly designed treadmill may ultimately do more harm than good.
- It’s important not to settle for the cheapest because a bad short-term choice could have serious long-lasting health consequences. Since exercise should be a life-long habit, you want a treadmill that will protect potentially fragile joints. If you are not sure whether treadmill running is for you, invest in a short term gym membership and try out your exercise routine on the treadmills there. Of course, it would be even cheaper to run in the park or around a longer route in your own environment.
- When choosing a treadmill, look for one with active shock management features to protect joints. It’s also important to wear good training shoes, specially designed for running, in order to protect your feet, ankles and legs, as well as your joints.