You should always listen to your body. If you experience unusual discomfort, chest pain, palpitations, or breathlessness which does not calm down at rest, then stop and see a doctor. Do I need to have practised another sport and should running be supplemented with another sport? No, if you’re already used to walking, you should be fine. But don’t set overly high goals at the start, especially if you run with someone who is fitter than you. You can also practice another complementary sport if you wish. The ideal would be to combine running with muscle-strengthening exercises for the legs and core. If you strengthen your muscles, you protect your joints. Good running shoes should not be too heavy, and the sole should not be too thick, so that the foot can move naturally and feel the ground underneath.

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