Running can be whatever you want it to be: a tool to help you lose weight and firm up fast; a mental release from the stresses of everyday life; or even a competitive tool that'll test your mental and physical limits. It’s infinitely flexible, always convenient and requires no special skills to start.

But although it’s a simple sport, it’s not always easy, so to help you take the first steps on the path to a new you, we’ve put together this section of runnersworld.co.uk as well as our latest bookazine, the Runner's World Complete Guide to Women's Running (on sale now).

Read on for advice on how to get started, easy-to-follow training plans, proven weight-loss strategies, health advice, the latest gear reviews and a wealth of friendly forum threads. Enjoy!

GETTING STARTED

NUTRITION + WEIGHT LOSS

HEALTH + AVOIDING INJURY

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