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5 Tips for Motivation to Start Running

The first step: lacing up those running shoes
The first step: lacing up those running shoes

It should be easy to start running for fitness. After all, it's something you've done since you were a little kid, and you already have the most important equipment: a working pair of legs. But somehow, for many of us, the call of the open road or that scenic trail through the local park inevitably gets shouted down by the open refrigerator or a scenic documentary on TV.

Fear not -- we're here to offer you five wise ways to not only start a running routine, but to stick with it as well.

For initial inspiration, regular aerobic activity reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, certain kinds of cancer, gallstones, osteoporosis and other serious illness. Plus, every mile you run burns 100 calories, and every step you take helps leave the stress of the office behind [source: Hennick].

Combine all that with the knowledge that running is a relatively cheap pursuit that you can do on your own time and at your own pace, and the joys of jogging become even clearer. Still not convinced? Then read on, and you should be pounding the pavement after a few quick clicks.