If you're trying to get fit for a wedding or just for summer beach season, running is a great option.
How do you get started if you're a couch potato? You shouldn't aim to run a marathon right off the bat. A 5-K race is a good goal but you have to train for it. That means starting slowly.
April Burkey, a certified fitness trainer says, "3 days a week and especially to start maybe 15 - 20 minutes a day of a walk run combo."
According to Cleveland Clinic, new runners should stick to a running plan. You can find beginning 5-K training programs on the web.
They will tell you how often, and how long to walk and jog each week. You also need a good pair of running shoes and if you can spring for it a heart rate monitor.