The hardest part is the beginning and actually starting out so I suggest you first invest in some good training shoes; the most expensive you can afford as that way you may be less likely not to begin and less likely to give up whwn you have. Lol. I already had the trainers so I bought running clothes. I can't give up now!
Download the podcasts. Do it now! Have a little listen.
I was trying to encourage my niece to join me but she said although she would like to she would feel totally self conscious. I think this is a big emotional hurdle for many people so I asked her: "When you see a larger person running what do YOU think and feel?"
She answered: "I feel good: Good for them - for exercising and doing something - & wish I could."
I replied "Exactly and when people see you running, they will in all likelihood be full of admiration for you too."
I think it is something to remember when you are not feeling all that great about yourself- Just knowing that you ARE doing something makes you feel better about yourself! Your self confidence will increase just by deciding to start the c25k program.
If you are still unsure, go for a walk around the route you expect to take. I do a big block and it has several little roads so I can vary it a bit. If you have your route in mind now start planning what music you will listen to. You can use the c25k's but I prefer to listen to my Latin American music because I find the music upbeat and the tempo suits me.
Decide what time you will run. You can fit in 30 mins of exercise. Everyone has 30 mins to spare so make necessary arrangements if you need to. You are investing in a healthy lifestyle and future fitness. It's important.
So now you have the:
* The clothes and shoes
* Earphones and music sorted (I use my phone tucked in my big girl pants)
* Determination to begin
The only thing that can prevent you from beginning is you so drop the excuses.
I am 47, married with 3 grown up children. A little bit overweight but reasonably healthy. Before this I was a couch potato doing no exercise. I have been exercising 4 times a week for the last 3 weeks now amd I definitely feel motivated and energised.
The most difficult thing for me to do was actually start running but I am glad I did and I am sure you will be too.