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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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.
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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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I say if it feels good - do it! Only you can decide what is right for you and your body!
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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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12/4/12 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.
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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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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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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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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