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Fresh Start for a big chap!

Hi all, just wanted to drop a quick post to introduce myself. At 36 years of age and weighing in at 21 stone, I decided that enough is enough and this is going to be the year i really do something about it. I have just joined my local jog Scotland beginners group which started last night on the c25k. After nearly bottling it on several occasions i went along and I loved it! I was sure I would be sick in a bush somewhere but was a lot better than I thought! On top of that I even got up this morning and done another 1.5 miles and loved every painful moment of it. I was just really looking for any advice from other newbies, especially any larger framed ones like myself!

Thanks,

Paul

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Hi and welcome, take your rest days as your muscles need to repair and not doing so can lead to injury which is the last thing you need

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I am so pleased that you enjoyed your first run. This is clearly for you. As Rolysmate says it’s really important to take days off between runs. Keep coming back to tell us how you are getting on 👍🏃‍♂️

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Well done on starting the programme and in attending the local running group. That took real guts.

It's great that you are taking control but although it is very tempting, please do not overdo it.

Rest days (or non running days) are extremely important. They allow the body to repair. By all means go out for a nice walk on these days, that will also assist in fitness and weight reduction.

It's brilliant that you have started on this journey and it is one that you will not regret.

Keep us appraised of your progress 👍

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Well done for starting the plan! It's great that you're enjoying it - if I'm honest I hated the first week of C25k but I definitely learned to love it.

Running is fantastic - take it steady and find something to do on your non-running days. I took up planking and downloaded a couple of apps with short 10 minute exercises on them to do on my rest days.

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That's fantastic you've achieved the hard part. As a former big guy (still not small) just look after your joints.

But keep it up don't over do it to start there's plenty of time to go

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Well done for getting started. Follow the programme (take the rest days, don't worry about speed) and you'll get there! There are good days and bad days but every time you get out there you are making progress. Good luck and happy new year. Keep posting!

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Welcome a congratulations on making a wise decision about your future.

This guide may help healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

Enjoy your journey.

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Congratulations! You’re made a brilliant start - my first run I was gasping after the 1 minute jog ...thought I’d never do it, plus I was too scared to go outside which I now love.

I can’t stress enough to rest inbetween to allow muscles to recover. I got into a Monday - Thursday - Saturday C25K pattern and stuck to that.

It took me months to get through the programme, repeating several weeks a few times, but I did it last Christmas and have since done a couple of 5Ks. So don’t worry how long it takes you to finish the programme.

All the best!

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