An urban myth that needs putting down straight away is that running is bad for you.
It’s a common misconception that running is bad for joints, feet, knees etc etc
That’s because people who give this “advice” have tried running, ran as far as they could until exhaustion set in, using ill fitting shoes and kit and then tried to repeat it the next day and the next.
The human body is not a machine and while it may be easy to go out and get the kit the pros use, it’s actually harder to repeat what you see them do on TV.
So, bottom line, running is not bad for you, it’s 20th century life that’s bad for you. Like fashion trainers that aren’t designed for running in. Pavements with pot holes and roads with mad drivers.
So to start running; Take it easy, build up gradual, start away from crowds and other people if you feel self conscious and you will be infront of the people who think it is bad for you.