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12/5/12 7:54 P

Your fitness level and your own body will tell you when you're ready to jog. I started jogging in short bursts in my 240's, and started really running in my 220's. It happened when I would be walking, and I just felt this energy inside me like I wanted to go faster. So I would! I'm also 5' 7" and weigh 169 now and can run perfectly fine. Your weight should not hold you back. Especially if it's just some rule your husband made up.

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12/5/12 6:48 P

I would get a clearance from a doctor first, but I think you would be fine to jog a little. Besides, have you ever seen the "Biggest Loser" TV Program? They have folks that are much heavier than you are; even in the 300-400 pound range running on a treadmill in short bursts. Then, when they get in better shape, they run at longer intervals. No one know your body better than you do.

I do agree with DALCANT755 who posted earlier; a Couch to 5K program would be a great start and will help you to increase your endurance in a safe and healthy way. SparkPeople has one and you can find some on ITunes Podcasts as well.

Good Luck!

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12/5/12 6:39 P

If you are afraid of injury, the interval training sounds like a good idea. You increase the chance for injury when you are really exhausted and your running form becomes poor. Something like a C25K program is a good way to start.

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12/5/12 9:28 A

I say if it feels good - do it! Only you can decide what is right for you and your body! emoticon

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12/5/12 2:00 A

4.0 for 30 seconds at a time is slow, and very conservative. It sounds like a very reasonable place to start just to try things out.

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12/5/12 12:49 A

no you are not but you should have a doctor evaluate you before you start a program for running. and when you do, you should start slow and work your way up.

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12/5/12 12:45 A

That is awesome!

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12/4/12 7:23 P

Well, I am 40 pounds heavier than you are and I do not jog, I flat-out run...with a bad knee and fibromyalgia. Your husband is full of...something.

Couch-to-5K is a great place start. It will teach you good running habits.

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12/4/12 6:07 P

I weigh just about what you do, and I'm three inches shorter. I can run several miles without stopping and my weight has not been an issue. You have to do what's right for you. And kick your husband for calling you fat to begin with!

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12/4/12 9:12 A

IMO you do what is comfortable for you

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12/4/12 12:35 A

I think you would be fine to jog - just take it slowly and let your body tell you when to ease up. My husband's doctor gave him a weight range for running, jogging, and walking; but really common sense was the best test for him to be able to run safely.

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12/3/12 11:51 P

let your knees talk to you and if the pain starts to show, maybe check with doc. but, weight isnt the indicator if anyone is too "fat" to jog.

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12/3/12 11:40 P

I was jogging at 192 pounds. I'm now 157, and have been jogging when I feel like it all year. So your husband is wrong. And a little rude, if I'm honest.

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12/3/12 9:29 P

Thanks everyone for your comments. I will continue to put jogging spurts in my workout. I started at 30 sec and I can jog up to 2 min. I will get there it just takes time. I think he was worried I would over do it an give up since I have a habit of doing that. His motto is to stay the course and it will pay off. I am more of a no results no effort. But I am learning. This time I hope I have got it.

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12/3/12 8:46 P

I'm over 250 and I get hih fives from stranger when I'm jogging across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Just listen to your body, and sign up with one of Sparkpeople walk/jog teams. Best of luck to you.

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12/3/12 7:44 A

I weight more than that and am shorter and can now run a 5k without stopping (very slowly, I might add). I started last March and built up to it. You can absolutely do it!!

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12/3/12 7:15 A

ZORBS13 has it right!! It depends on your level of fitness.

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12/3/12 6:59 A

A BMI of 28.6 is definitely not too heavy to jog.

But for all potential runners (regardless of weight), running is something that you need to build up to gradually. It takes time for you leg muscles to adapt to the impact of running.

Build up a solid walking base first, then transition to running through a Couch to 5K program.

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12/3/12 4:25 A

Yes, I also recommend the Couch-2-5K program for you, especially if you're interested in running! You can do this! Much success to you!

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12/2/12 9:32 P

Do what youre comfortable with. No one else can tell you what is right for you.

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12/2/12 9:24 P

That's silly. Start adding running bursts and then run more.

Your weight doesn't have much to do with it and you aren't even really big. I'm shorter and don't weigh much less than you and I do a lot more than jog.

Have fun!!!

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12/2/12 9:13 P

I started doing Couch to 5k when I was about 199 (same height as you), so no, I would say your weight shouldn't be an issue at all.

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12/2/12 9:02 P

Not at all, in fact there is a team on here called Slow Fat Runners -

Keep running!

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12/2/12 8:36 P


How long have you been walking?

Coach Nancy

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12/2/12 8:20 P

Never! It doesn't matter how big you are. Get up and move, even if just for a few steps, and use intervals to work up to being able to jog 30 minutes (or 3 hours) at a time. Our body will adapt to what we ask it to do.

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12/2/12 8:18 P

Based on your height, you're really not that overweight and I don't see why you shouldn't at least give jogging a try. Is your husband a doctor? If he's not, I would take his advice with a grain of salt. :)

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12/2/12 8:15 P

I weight 245 pounds and I can jog. Granted it's only for about a minute streak and then a few minutes of walking. Like zorbs13 said, it's not your weight that determines whether you can run. If you've been doing cardio for a while and have built up the strength in your lungs then you should be fine. If your husband isn't an expert then don't take what he says to heart. Then again, the same could be said for regular users on here. If you're really worried about it, talk to your doctor and figure out what would be best for YOU.

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12/2/12 7:32 P

it's not your weight but your cardio base that should determine whether you should be running or not.

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12/2/12 7:31 P

My husband says I should only be walking on the treadmill until I loose a lot of weight that I am too fat to jog. I walk most of the time but I have been trying 30 second speed bursts at 4.0 I have worked up to 2 min. I am 177, 5'6". Am I overdoing it?

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