If your New Year resolution involves running, below are some tips that might help you from getting discouraged and aide to turning it into a habit that isnt broken.
1) Invest is a good pair of running shoes. Go to a store that specializes in running so they can review your walking/running style (gate) to determine the best type of shoe for you. You might buy the wrong shoes from a sporting goods store without knowing that they have corrective structure that help with under or over pronating. They can also advise if you may require additional cushioning. If you have a high arch, like I do, you may want to consider inserts. These are not required so you may want to save the money here and wait to know if you are more interested in 6 months.
2) Start slow. Find a good program to follow like Couch to 5K to help you get started. There are a few good apps for the iPhone or iPod that can assist. “Ease into 5K” is a free app that will tell you when to walk and run. The Couch to 5K running program has help many get started in their running. So, give it a look at http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml
3) Don't get discouraged. This is new effort and you may miss a day or two. Don't worry about it, star where you left off and get back out there.
4) Set clear attainable goals that have a date related to them. They may be a simple a walking three time this week. Or, you may want to run a 5k in 12 weeks. Just make sure that it is reasonable and attainable. As you complete your goals, you will gain confidence and then work towards more challenging goals in the future.
5) Have fun.
I hope you have a good year and reach all that you strive for.