March 13, 2013 3:28am CST
I've become overweight and out of shape (I'm sure thats been posted many a time :-) ) I am determined to start a running regimen today when I get out of work (at 7 AM). My boyfriend was supposed to start with me but keeps backing out so I'm going to start it by myself and keep at it while he can certainly join if he wishes. I found an article that says you should alternate running and jogging, each a minute and work your way up to actually running. Thats what I'm going to try to do to ease myself into it. Anyone have any suggestions or storys about when you began running?
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• Puerto Rico
13 Mar 13
I don't believe running is a good exercise for you or anyone. It will eventually give you pain and problems in your feet, ankles and knees due to the pounding on the pavement. I believe walking is the best exercise ever. If you walk and or take 10,000 steps a day you will lose weight along with eating healthy and drinking water with lemon juice. This is how I'm maintaining my weight of 120 lbs at the age of 56. Good luck!
13 Mar 13
I have ot running since I finish my degree. I used to running surrounding university's field with some friend. It was 4 years ago and I think if I start running again I will be easy to feel tired. But running is good when you want to loose some weight. Goodluck
13 Mar 13
I began running/training when I joined Tae Kwon Do and usually it always starts slowly. If you don't start slowly, your muscles in your body might not be able to take the sudden pressure, this are one of the causes why people injure themselves. If you're going to start running, take it easy, start with 15 minutes and don't force your body to run if you can't take it. If your'e used to the 15 minute run then increase the time frame and distance. By the way, try to add some weights if you like. 2 pounds is a good start especially for women if you want to tone your biceps and triceps. Another thing is that people usually get bored if they ran alone so you can try listening to music or maybe make some friends while running. Not only can you stay healthy you can also gain new friends.
13 Mar 13
I had tried to run about 2 kilometer to bus stop for 2 months,there are too many troubles around me when I do it.The first is sweating,it's not comfortable to wear half wet cloth to work,so you are right to do it after work,but I don't have enough strength to do it after work,I don't know why,so I have to give up,that's a bad experience for me.....
• United States
25 Mar 13
I'm going to tell you something that will sound a little strange. But consider to toss the idea of running and buy a scooter. I can't tell you how much I lost when I had my scooter. I went to the thrift store and got a small barbie scooter...don't do this, however, please get a scooter for grownups, they are safer. however, it helped me lose weight so fast. you get to pump and rest. You are pumping when you push yourself on the scooter, and resting when you glide. it's a lot of fun, and I used to carry my bags home on the handles of my scooter. I really liked it a lot. Seriously, I'm an adult woman and loved my scooter. Also, when I stopped for winter, I kind of gained some weight back, holidays and all, plus no scooting. Just an idea, but believe me, it's fun and very low impact for your joints.
14 Mar 13
I started running because I was influenced by my law school friends. We started joining marathons sponsored by our school, running at 5K first since we're not really experienced runners then eventually moving up to 10K and 16K. We also trained together in our school gym, usually every morning. It's much better if you have friends or someone who shares similar interest since they'll be the ones who'll encourage you when you're getting lazy or feel like giving up and stopping.
14 Mar 13
i am planning to start running also..because i wanna lose a little weight but i wanna do it together with my husband.. my husband agrees.. the problem is he is out of town for a month because of his responsibilities on his work.. so maybe i will just wait til he returns home.. for now i am just doing some exercise at home.. i also read somewhere that cycling is a good way to lose some weights..
13 Mar 13
I have done some running/jogging and I absolutely loved it. I'm pregnant right now so I didn't really keep up with it through the pregnancy but I can't wait to get back to it after I recover from giving birth in the fall. I started out with just being able to jog for a short time and alternated with walking. After a few days of walk/jogging I was able to jog for longer periods of time and was able to increase my distance. Don't be too hard on yourself when you first start out, just put your running shoes and ipod at the door and try to go out every day. I really don't mind running alone, it feels good to be able to think through everything that is going on in your mind and pound the pavement. Make sure to stay hydrated and eat healthy foods. I recommend running about 30mins to 1hr after eating so the food isn't heavy in your stomach when you go. It's a great idea to sign up for a 5k running event a few months after you start to keep your motivation up. You'll find that running will become more than just exercise once you start going regularly. Interval training is an amazing way to burn fat and increase your fitness level. It means exactly what you described about alternating easy jogs with hard running. What I've done is warm up with an easy jog for about 5 mins then do a hard run for 1-2mins(or however long you can) then going back to easy jogging to recover for a few minutes. Do that throughout your workout and do another 5 minute cool down when you're finished and you'll be burning fat in no time. Definitely find yourself an awesome pair of running shoes that you love to keep up your motivation. I love my Nike free runners, I've had like 3 pairs of the same shoe and I just feel a lot faster when I wear them lol. Are you planning on using a treadmill or running outside? If you're using a treadmill I recommend changing the elevation of the treadmill a bit to make it feel like you're running outside. I've always found running outside to be more difficult after using a treadmill most of the time. Have fun running! I hope you learn to love it after your the first couple of difficult days.
• Eugene, Oregon
13 Mar 13
That is good that you can run. I wish I could, but I am older now, and I have all I can do to walk, as I have a bad back, but I do make it through it. I usually walk for 30-45 minutes, as I have two dogs, but the swmaller one, is so small, and her legs so short that I would have to carry here, and I am not going ot do that, as it would aggravate my back that much more. I just walked the short walk today, around 15 minutes, and believe me, my smaller dog was really tired, and now she is sunning herself on the back porch. You know though, that any exercise we can do is beneficial to our health, and I try to do it everyday, as long as the weat5her is good. Take care, and have a great day.