How can I stop feeling self-conscious as a new runner?

Getty Images

It’s normal to feel self-conscious when you do something new; all runners were anxious beginners at some point. But the running community is diverse, with all ages, shapes and sizes, and ours is an inclusive sport. Embrace the great things about running. As well as the health and fitness gains, it will boost your sense of wellbeing and confidence. The benefits will far outweigh any anxieties you might feel, so focus on that when you run. By confronting your fears, it’ll soon become easier. Consider running with others – the moral support can be all that’s needed. Finally, be proud of yourself; anyone looking on will probably be wishing they had the get-up-and-go to do it themselves.

READ: Basic rules to start running

READ: 8 ways to be a more positive runner