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Running is a simple, accessible, and affordable activity that just about any person can do.
Improved fitness and health status, accessibility, cost, stress reduction, access to networking opportunities and flexibility of participation make running easy to begin and even easier to continue.
No matter where you live, work or travel there is always at least one area that is safe for running. Running clubs and events are available in nearly every city in the U.S. and in many places throughout the world.
Running three to four times a week for 30 minutes or more will result in improved physical fitness. Running strengthens the heart and lungs and the major muscles of the body. Running reduces stress and can improve self-esteem.
This section on the RRCA website is not designed to serve as a be all end all when it comes to the sport of running, but rather something to facilitate the process of making running a part of your wellness lifestyle.
The ideas and tips provided should serve as just that, a guide. There is so much to be learned from the runners around you. The woman who just started a few months ago, the man who has been running for 30+ years, they both offer you something that runners find in each other, a camaraderie, network of support and bottomless pit of knowledge. So tap into that network by joining a local running club.