1. First things first, if you go for a run, that makes you a runner! Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Giphy / Via gph.is It doesn't matter how far or how fast you go, by just getting out and going for a run, even for a few minutes, makes you a runner! Sometimes it can feel daunting to get out and start, but that feeling afterwards is definitely going to be worth it. 2. Don't be afraid to take a breather. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Giphy / Via gph.is Everyone has to start somewhere and you can't expect to run like Mo Farah right off the bat. If you need to stop or or walk for a bit instead, this is nothing to be ashamed of, you have to go at your own pace and everyone is different. 3. Set yourself a goal. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com / Via gph.is Setting yourself goals can be a great way to keep you motivated and encourage you to keep running. You don't have to aim to run a marathon straight away and nobody would expect that, your goals should be tailored to you. While they should be challenging, they should be achievable. If you're just starting out, why not aim to run a 5K or run for a certain amount of time without stopping. Signing up for an organised run can be a great incentive and very rewarding, it also gives you a clear time frame to work towards. There's no better feeling than crossing the finish line knowing you worked hard to get there. 4. Make sure you wear appropriate clothing. NBC If you're going to start running it's important to make sure you are wearing the appropriate clothing and trainers to avoid being uncomfortable and getting injured. There's no point looking super stylish if five minutes into your run your knees hurt and you're chafing all over. A good pair of running shoes are essential to stop you from getting injured. You don't have to spend a ton of money, but going into a running shop and getting professional advice is always a good start. 5. Try using a running app to clock up your miles and track your progress. Ben Armson Keeping track of how many miles you've done can give you a big confidence boost. Seeing that you've run more miles than last week or you've gotten a little faster can really help to motivate you. 6. Find an interesting route. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Giphy / Via gph.is Running can be a great way of exploring your local area and it can be really fun to take a road or street that you might not usually walk down. Why not try running to next neighbourhood or borough from yours and get public transport back, or you could jump on the train to a new place completely! 7. Listen to your favourite podcast or create a running playlist. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Giphy / Via media.giphy.com Running can be hard no matter what level you're at. Listening to a podcast could come as a welcome distraction and help make running more enjoyable. Alternatively, making a playlist of your favourite jams can really get you in the mood and help you power through those difficult runs. 8. If you're feeling anxious or low – try going for a quick run View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Running can be a great way to improve your mental health as well as your physical. It can be a great way to escape from the pressures of daily life, give you an opportunity to focus or reflect on recent events in your life. A lot of people talk about "Runner's High" and from my personal experience I can totally vouch for this feeling of achievement after a long run. Any anxieties or stresses feel a little more alleviated post-run, and I can honestly say that running has greatly improved my mental wellbeing. 9. Try joining a running club. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Giphy / Via gph.is Running with others is a great way to become more confident and get better at running. it's also a great way to socialise and meet new people. Running clubs can sometimes seem a little intimidating but there are plenty out there that cater for different things. Whether your trying to beat your PB or just wanting to meet friends, most do taster sessions so you can see if it's the right fit for you. Generally clubs have different pace groups to cater for different levels, so there will most likely be a group that is suitable for you! 10. And most importantly – remember to have fun! Ben Armson Running is an easy way of getting a little exercise – you don't have to be a seasoned pro to put on your running shoes and get out there. Whether you are using running as a way to get fit, raise money for charity, or to achieve your goals, always remember that running is, and should be fun. Now get out there and start running! What helped you get into running? Please tell us your tips in the comments!