Running is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to keep fit, and it’s also a great way to see London’s beautiful array of parks and green spaces. But the hobby has come on a bit since those sulky morning cross country runs in secondary school under a terrifying P.E. teacher’s baleful gaze.
Specialist running shops now offer everything from tracking gadgets to bespoke insoles. But it’s in ‘gait analysis’ that the real work begins. In some running stores, staff can film your running style on their in-store treadmill and play the footage back to you in freezeframe, pointing out every misplanted step, short stride and rolled ankle in an effort to get you the right shoes for your ‘pattern’. If you can stand the scrutiny, it’s well worth it: sturdy shoes are key to a running habit that can go the distance. That, and some swish lycra gear.
Once you’re fully kitted-out, why not try out one of London’s running groups to make pounding the pavements a more sociable experience? Or if you prefer to work up a sweat on the treadmill with a podcast plugged in, check out London’s best gyms.
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