"Something that's helped my mental health immensely over the last couple of months has been going jogging (don't worry, I go early in the morning and maintain a very safe distance from the few people I do encounter). When I started, I could barely run for more than a couple of minutes at a time, but I worked through an eight-week 5K program (there are a ton of 5K apps, but I personally love the Running Mate 5K101 program) and am now working my way up to running a 10K. It's amazing how quickly my endurance increased, and those post-workout endorphins are AWESOME. I'm feeling more powerful already, and I just feel good about myself.
I did have some early problems with shin splints when I ran, but two things really helped: one, changing my posture (shoulders back!) and my stride (pick up those knees more!), and two, wearing running shoes with a lot of cushioning. These runners from Under Armour are fantastic, because they provide cushioning if you need it, but the shoes themselves are light and not clunky at all. No more shin splints, and I actually look forward to jogging now." —Kat Angus
Get the shoes from Under Armour for $80 (available in two colours and sizes 5-12W), and get the 5K101 program from Running Mate for $8.99 USD.