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How Can I Start Running at 280 Pounds?

Jul 3, 2008
"Imagine yourself running with the wind through your hair, you're healthy, fit and gorgeous. Running will change your life."

It is more than possible to become a runner when you are obese. I used to weigh 320lbs myself, but at that time I was physically unable to run marathons, or even walk to the block for that matter.

If you're severely overweight and you want to become a runner, don't fret the impossible this is very possible and could very likely change your life for the better. All you need is a plan of action and the determination to reach your goals.

"Where do I begin when even a little exercise hurts?"

I can very much sympathize with you here. I first have to suggest that you consult with your doctor before you begin any exercise regimen. After you get his/her okay, which most likely they have been suggesting exercise for sometime now, you need to understand that in the beginning exercise may be painful and uncomfortable. If you prepare yourself for it, then you won't be deterred in the long run. Start out slow, but always push yourself a little harder each time.

If you don't have a gym membership, I recommend starting out with 30 minute walks every day at any pace for at least a week. This will get your body used to activity and walking. If you are active, begin doing power walking for 30 minutes. Get your heart rate up.

Your next week you will want to continue with your 30 minute walks, but only doing them for about five days a week. Its important to pick up the pace a little. The other two days left in the week, find an exercise that you can do that will raise your heart rate for at least 15 minutes.

You can try dancing to up tempo music, or following a kick boxing inspired exercise DVD. As the weeks continue you want to increase your walking pace and your stamina.

Being overweight can wreak havoc on your joints, so strength training is very important as well to support your body and to prevent energy. Log your exercise and how you feel. If things are getting easier, you may want to consider a slow jog, keep increasing a little each week.

"What about my diet?"

Following a diet program is very important when you are exercising. One, if you are obese, your weight will not support your running lifestyle. Two you need to consume enough nutrients to sustain your exercise. You never want to go on a crash diet or dramatically reduce your caloric intake, this will only slow your metabolism making it harder to lose weight.

I highly recommend The Day Off Diet. This program focuses on eating the right fat burning foods, you will never go hungry and you never need to count calories. Another perk of The Day Off Diet is that you will be able to eat whatever you want one day a week for a much needed calorie boost that insures your weight loss.

The Day Off Diet will also provide you with an optional strength training program that will help you gain muscle which will make running much easier on your body.
About the Author
Leslie M. Quesenberry recommends starting The Day Off Diet immediately. More Articles To Read: The Day Off Diet Vs. The South Beach Diet 5 Reasons Why Diets Fail
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