NOTES ON SAFETY: follow the Scout method of running or walking on the LEFT side of the road, (that is toward approaching traffic). Shelter Island drivers are incredibility courteous and usually veer to the right to give you more space.
While exercise is recognized as good for you, ‘too much’ of a good thing can be just the opposite. Check with your doctor if you have any concerns.
EQUIPMENT: good running/walking shoes are a necessary investment. While I am a New Balance ‘person’, let your comfort and stability override design. There are great running shops around and they are pros at matching you with the right shoes and providing you with good advice.
Yeah, shoes are the key. But I recommend a small ($50) investment in a sports watch that will allow precise timing of your training. There is huge positive reinforcement when you can measure your progress — more distance, faster pace, longer durations.
WARM UP: some basic stretches are always a good idea. No matter what your condition, start with some walking to warm up; after you have exercise for 5 or 10 minutes, then do some stretches.
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