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Everybody knows the health benefits of running. It’s one of the cheapest, easiest, and most effective forms of exercise out there, but it can also be pretty daunting — especially if you’ve never run a day in your life. The good news is that it’s never too late to start, and it’s also not nearly as difficult as it may seem. If you’re thinking about dusting off those running shoes, here are some tips to help you get started — and stick with it!

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1. Set achievable goals

An important thing to do when you take up running is to decide what you want to get out of it. Are you running for fitness? Weight loss? To take up a new hobby? Do you want to run a 5K, or would you be happy with running for five minutes nonstop? Whatever you’re hoping to achieve, taking the time to think about your goals can be a crucial first step in getting started and staying motivated along the way.

Runner crossing the finish line Patrik Giardino / Getty Images
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