Exercise! - At what weight can you start jogging?




Kristeebee
03-23-2013, 08:24 PM
Hi everyone!

Does anyone know what weight you should be at to be able to start jogging?
I'm at 254 and at this weight, I think it would be too taxing on my legs.
Has anyone noticed an ease in jogging at a specific weight?

Thanks :)

Kristy


IanG
03-23-2013, 08:27 PM
Good question. I also feel that would be too heavy on my knees where I am.

But I walk loads and even did when I was above 280lbs. I am going to just keep walking!

Jogging is overrated.

gymrat05
03-23-2013, 08:34 PM
I think it depends on a lot of factors beyond just your weight. Have you tried jogging? You won't really know until you try. There's no hard and fast rule. If you're curious I would give it a go - for as long as you can - and if it feels good maybe start a beginner program like Couch 2 5K.


MablesGirl
03-23-2013, 08:39 PM
I agree with gymrat, you won't know unless you try. But if it hurts, stop. Also, concrete is worse than asphalt, and a trail would be best.

Novus
03-23-2013, 08:49 PM
This is a fantastic post (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/100-lb-club/277411-fat-girls-can-run-long-my-first-half-marathon.html)written by someone who ran a HALF MARATHON at 229 pounds.

I started Couch to 5K at 240 pounds and did my first 5K race at 225 pounds. So I definitely know it's possible to run when you're not skinny. I wasn't fast but I was doing it!

You might want to check with your doctor to make certain you don't have any medical issues that would prevent you from running. When you get clearance from your doctor, get fitted for a good pair of running shoes and invest in a high quality sports bra.

Good luck!

IanG
03-23-2013, 08:51 PM
a high quality sports bra.
:yikes:

Novus
03-23-2013, 08:58 PM
:yikes:

Yeah, Ian, I know about your man boobs... ;)

:rofl:

IanG
03-23-2013, 08:59 PM
They're certainly a handful. I'll give you that!

CherryPie99
03-23-2013, 09:02 PM
I started running at 289 pounds. You can do more then you are giving yourself credit for. Don't let your weight hold you back!!

thinkfit
03-23-2013, 09:08 PM
I'm almost 300lbs and I can do it, so I don't think there's a specific weight that's too high! I just started to other day, but I talked to my doctor about it first and she cleared me to go for C25K, so I would suggest something like that to start slow :)

Kristeebee
03-23-2013, 09:43 PM
I'm almost 300lbs and I can do it, so I don't think there's a specific weight that's too high! I just started to other day, but I talked to my doctor about it first and she cleared me to go for C25K, so I would suggest something like that to start slow :)

Alright, call me ignorant - what's this C25K you guys are mentioning? :p

thinkfit
03-23-2013, 09:53 PM
It's an abbreviation for Couch to 5k, a free, simple program that eases you into running. You can check it out here (http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml)!

trin8ty
03-23-2013, 10:02 PM
Alright, call me ignorant - what's this C25K you guys are mentioning? :p

C25K stands for Couch to 5K. It's a program that trains non-runners how to run. I started it last week using their smartphone app

AlmostMe
03-23-2013, 10:14 PM
Kristiebee - I was running at my highest weight posted here. 253 - just 1lb less than you and I'm shorter. I highly recommend Couch to 5K. I'm slow, but I'm also fairly sturdy.

Kristeebee
03-24-2013, 01:01 AM
Thanks guys - I really appreciate the information!
I will give it a try.

KindaSortaAthlete
03-24-2013, 11:51 AM
C25K is amazing! I started that last year and will be running a half marathon in May...this from a girl who never ever thought she could run ONE mile.

I think if you've got an interest in running, you should check it out! As others have mentioned, getting actual running shoes - and being fitted for them at a running store - is really important. Also, take it sloooooooooooooow. Your body/joints are going to need to adjust to this activity, so go slow. That means don't run too much all at once, and also speed wise, take it slow. I often felt like people walked faster than I was running in the beginning, but that's okay! I'm still a slow runner today, but I'm faster than when I started :)

Also, if you're really worried about knee issues, you can build up some endurance by running in water.

Good luck in your running adventures!

Nikel1979
03-24-2013, 12:11 PM
I started running around 250. I ran my first half marathon around 225. In a few months I'll be starting training for a full marathon.

GirlieJayhawk
03-24-2013, 06:00 PM
I'm pretty close to your size and I'm trying to start now.

We were in the mountains this weekend and tried to run on the treadmill and I thought my lungs might explode! I live at about 5300 feet and trying to run at over 10000 feet was not the best idea ever!

Campana
03-24-2013, 08:40 PM
This is great info

Kristeebee
03-26-2013, 11:13 PM
Well I started the C25K and I made it out alive!!!
I do it again tomorrow. Thanks for suggesting it, guys! :D

Raqsmomma
03-27-2013, 07:19 PM
I started with the couch 2 5k at 301 pounds I am currently 268 and now training for a half marathon. like the pp have stated you dont know untill you give it a go. I could barely do 30 seconds in november and now i am up up to 7 minutes jogging and 3 minutes walking and can do that for an hour and 40 monutes :) its really amazing what our bodies are capable of.