How to Become a Runner Even if You Think You Hate Running

Non-runners tend to share one distinct talent: They’re brilliant at making excuses. But unless you’re legitimately injured, there’s no good reason to write off one of the simplest physical activities — regardless of your current fitness level.

Even if you’re all like, “I get it, I walk,” know that running and walking are fairly different: Running is an impact sport, which means it sends shocks up your body that activate your muscles, ligaments, and tendons, and promote bone density, says Elizabeth Corkum, a New York-based running coach. At the end of the day, running will always deliver a superior cardio workout compared to walking, she adds. And once you stop making excuses? It feels pretty badass to call yourself a runner.

Luckily, almost anyone can turn a basic walk into a run without hating life. Some things to keep in mind:

Before Your Run

You probably don’t need to buy new sneakers. While you shouldn’t run in decrepit, decades-old sneakers, which probably lack support and set you up for injury, you don’t need to go out and buy fancy shoes designed specifically for running — so there go your first few excuses. READ MORE

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