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How do I train to start running and getting fit?

I am over weight and I smoke!!! I was going to the gym a couple of months ago 4/5times a week walking on the treadmill and swimming. Unfortunately I moved area and jobs and lost my motivation. i desperately want to start again and stop smoking but I just don’t know where to start this time. I also want to train to start running so it has more benefits when I do start.

Can anyone help me get the motivation and tell me how to increase my fitness levels?

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7 Responses to “How do I train to start running and getting fit?”

  1. Flash said:

    Find a running partner to keep each other motivated to run start off walk/joggin with your partner talk about how the day went this will take focus off everyday problems do 100 abs a day your self confidence and apperance will look great after you do so goodluck! it may not feel worth it now but in the long run ull be glad u made the choice to go healty!!!

  2. twilight417 said:

    The smoking thing should stop, it will help you if you do wanna run. To start out, you should start walking a mile or two a day. Listen to music so you don’t get too bored. Start out with doing that and just being active for a while. Once you think you would feel comfortable jogging half of your walk start that, jog the first half and walk the rest. Eventually you should jog the entire workout. I agree with the previous answer, if you have someone to run with it makes it so much easier. Every other night, do crunches ( as many as you think you can do 100-150 should be good). You can even do these when you watch tv or when you’re lying in bed. Hope this helps you get started!

  3. surya_westlife said:

    hey!!
    yea, like everyone else, i suggest you cut down on your smoking. as for running, 2 months ago i was couch potato, and during my hols i decided to start running. i looked up some training programs online and started following two of them. i like coolrunning.com’s couch to 5k plan. u can give it a shot i think. i can run 4kms easily now without stopping… its good 🙂
    just google for running plans, you’ll get loads of options, then pick the one u like best. the couch to 5k program has a lot of testimonials vouching for it, and ive seen first hand that it works!
    go for it 🙂

  4. ellie_O said:

    I am in the same boat! I finallt quite smoking just havent reached the point of getting off the couch….. i really want to be able to run the 10k that our town has every sept…. i know i couldn’t do right now but i wanna run so bad i just have no motovation…. awhile back when i did run i started off slow… start at trying to run for 4-5 minutes and slowly work your way up!

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