Running requires little equipment, but a good pair of running shoes that suit your foot type may help improve comfort.
There are many types of trainers on the market, so get advice from a specialist running retailer who will assess your foot and find the right shoe for you.
The shoe's structure weakens over time, especially with regular use. Running experts advise replacing running shoes every 300 miles (482km).
Women should also consider using a sport bra, which is sturdier than a regular bra and provides additional support.
Plan your runs. Work out when and where (the exact route and time) you're going to run and put it in your diary. That way, it won't slip your mind.
If you feel out of shape, or you're recovering from injury or worried about an existing condition, see your GP before you start running.