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A Guide To Running If You’re Overweight

If you’re overweight and looking to get into shape, it can be intimidating trying to start a running programme. Jogging is a demanding exercise and being overweight can be a major obstacle. But running isn’t reserved for thin people, running can actually be the exact thing that helps overweight people change their lives.

If you’re worried about taking up running, then here are a few things that can help you overcome your fears and get started changing your life for the better:

1.      See your doctor

Running is one of the most easily accessible exercises that is great for burning calories, but it can be stressful on your body. It is better to be safe than sorry: so visit your doctor if you are overweight or have serious health problems to ensure you can exercise without hurting yourself.

2.      Physical Therapy

If your weight causes you severe mobility issues, then you may need to start exercising through physical therapy sessions. Once any issues are fixed then you can really get into a running programme.

  • Walking
  • After seeing the doctor and/or going through any physical therapy you might require, it is still best to start out slow. If you haven’t run in a long time – or at all – then it is best to start by taking long walks. Walking is relatively low impact and will get you used to moving and building your confidence and stamina.

    4.      Build up to your first run

    When you are starting to feel confident with your long walks, this is the time to start implementing some runs. Alternating between running and walking is the best way to get your body used to the step up in demand that running will require. Low intensity running intervals, combined with recovery walks, will greatly increase your stamina in the build up to attempting a complete run.

    Just because you’re starting out, it doesn’t mean you can’t take part in great running events in your area. There are a number of different race events built specifically for beginners and for those who combine different amounts of running and walking.


    15th March 2018, 14:29
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