I’m excited to begin a new Q & A Series on the blog where you can ask any question you’d like and I’ll do my best to answer it in a blog post!

I recently received this question from Andie.

First and foremost congratulations on your 30 pound weight loss!  That’s an awesome accomplishment for which you should be extremely proud of yourself!  🙂  Secondly, this is a great question!  Once you start exercising regularly along with your Weight Watchers plan, I believe you’ll begin to notice even more weight loss.

As cliche as it may sound, I’m going to say it anyway.  I’m 42 years old and if I can do it, anybody can do it!  I’ve only recently began running (in the last 12-18 months), as well as exercising on a regular basis.  I told someone just this week {about getting older} that it only gets better!  I feel better now than I’ve ever felt.  I feel stronger and healthier than I felt when I was younger.

Now…moving on to your question.  I’ve written two posts about how I started running that I’ll refer to.

Tips to Help You Start Running 
Tips to Help You Start Running Part 2

Here are my Top 5 Helpful Tips to Help You Start Running!

1.  Start with walking.  Before you can run, you must first start walking.  I walked several times a day for several weeks before I tried to run.

2.  Exercise on the days you’re not walking-use a video to follow, buy a gym membership; I worked out to the WiiFit which was convenient for me because I could do it at any time during the day or evening (after work, etc.)…..the key is figuring out what works for you.  Exercising in between not only burned calories but also built my endurance for when I was ready to start running.

3.  Have a plan.  Write it down!  Keep it on your to-do list.  Keep it in front of you on your calendar.  Have your phone send you reminders.  Having a schedule keeps you from floundering and helps you stay committed.

4.  Couch to 5K.  This is a great plan to get you going.  It’s a walking/running app that starts you walking with alternating periods of running where you’ll eventually run for longer periods of time than you walk.  Love!

5.  Walk/exercise with a friend.  Walking and/or exercising with a friend helps the time go by faster, gives you time to catch up on the latest girl-talk, but more importantly keeps you accountable to each other.  Sometimes it’s just a lot more fun to have someone to hang out with.

I hope this helps Andie!  You’ve already tackled the first step and that’s having the desire to start!

If you have a question you want to ask, simply email me at samantha@themoreirun dot com and enter the word “question” in the subject line.

 

4 comments on “Reader Question – I Want To Start Running”

    • Hey Jules! Yay! Glad you enjoyed it and thanks so much for the pin! 🙂

  1. This is great advice! I recently started training for a 5k and this is exactly how I got started. Best of luck Andie! You can do it!

  2. Thanks for the advice! This is all very helpful. I’ll keep you posted 😀

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