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If I'm starting running again after a long hiatus (I don't run much when we have a new baby so as to help my wife out) I do stationary barefoot running at a low (130-140 bpm) heart rate for 2 or 3 weeks both to build up the strength in my feet and to start conditioning my respiratory system. I start with 15 minutes every other day for a week or so, then ...


There will certainly be a benefit from stationary running as compared to sitting and doing nothing. Of course Treadmill running gives you the advantage of moving forward and actually setting a speed pace. If you can't use a treadmill and you don't want to go outside then stationary running is a good alternative.

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