I'm 55 and just started running about 3 months ago. Just take is slow and listen to your body but don't give up over small normal aches and pains. You should be able to do this unless you develop some kind of serious issue but a lot of us have started older and overweight so there's nothing to lose by giving it a shot as long as you take it slow and easy and work into it. Good luck!
I'm 53 and I also started this year. This is what I've learned for myself. From reading a book on running I learned that your heart/lungs get stronger faster than your muscles (2 X) and your structure takes 3 X longer than your heart/lungs. So even if you're handling it cardio wise you might be putting more of a load on your muscles and structure than it can take and get injured. Moral of the story is start SLOW. It takes longer for us to heal as we get older even if we are in good shape. So it will be better to take it slower and not get hurt than have to nurse an injury. Been there done that! I wish I had read this book first! I actually am taking it a bit slower than the running program suggest I do it because first of all my previous knee injury and second of all I am doing what feels right and comfortable for me. Now my 56 year old husband??? He's like Forrest Gump. Took off running and never looked back! I guess everyone is different! : )
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I'm 40 and didn't start running until this year. I think running is something you can do at any age as long as you know how to listen to your body and don't have any health issues that would prevent you from exercising.
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