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Do you exercise every day? Is it easy to stick to?

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risingsunshine Sun 05-Jan-14 06:28:33

I'm a couple of stones overweight and have a 5k run coming up. shock

I'm thinking about getting up early (5.45am!!) and doing c25k 3 times a week and 30DS on the other days. Maybe with Sunday off.

Does this sound doable?!?

Don't panic rising, it's good to have a goal, you can get there in 7 weeks - take it steady and remember it doesn't matter how fast you go, you'll still be lapping everyone still sat on their sofas talking about running rather than doing it grin! Good luck.

risingsunshine Sun 05-Jan-14 23:11:47

Wow, where are you phd? I don't blame you feeling sapped, humidity is a killer for me too!

Well, I have made a plan, DH goes to the gym at his work, after work on M, W, F so I am going to give up my precious peaceful time then and do the c25k! Then fit in the stretching and exercises sleepwhenidie suggested, and just see how I get on. Still panicking really. It'll teach me not to sign up for any more bloody runs!!

phdlife Sun 05-Jan-14 22:28:05

I hate exercise. Like OP I'm starting from scratch, 15kg overweight. Bought a rower. Doing some calisthenics and rowing, 2x a day but started with 3 reps/mins, then 4, etc. Slowly, slowly. 9 days, then missed a week over Christmas. Started again, then this sodding heatwave hit - temp is well over 30C and humidity over 80% - just sitting around doing lego with ds last night sweat dripping under my breasts, running down temples, buttcrack. Am disappointed in myself but this kind of weather totally saps my energy - cannot motivate myself knowing I'll still be hot even after a dip in the pool. Hoping for a storm this arv to cool things down.

risingsunshine Sun 05-Jan-14 22:13:32

With regard to trainers and kit, as my mum would say, I have all the gear but no idea!! wink

Chopstheduck Sun 05-Jan-14 15:52:20

Oh and as well as trainers, a pair of running socks is an idea too, I got some horrendous blisters from wearing thick cotton socks which made me sweat.

Chopstheduck Sun 05-Jan-14 15:51:14

Just checked back and wanted to add that I did the 5k in 5 or 6 weeks, starting 4 stones heavier than I am now. So please don't be discouraged. It is def doable in 7 weeks. I could barely run the 60 seconds to start with, but I found it so addictive and just started running for longer in the last run and built it up. I'm still technically overweight now but I can run 10 miles and have a resting heart rate of 55bpm.

coffeeslave Sun 05-Jan-14 15:41:42

A BMI of 26.3 isn't huge! My BMI is over 29 and I compete nationally in powerlifting :-) (And no, that weight is not all muscle!!)

ArgyMargy Sun 05-Jan-14 15:40:29

Yes hamster is right it is very very important to get proper running trainers. I made that mistake and paid the price - nearly put me off running completely. Go to a proper shop and spend as much as you can afford.

Rising you've had good advice already ....

I'd add to that with - what shoes have you got... If not runners, go get some from a proper running shop...

Stick with running alternate days, stretches every day, yoga or strength work maybe twice a week, and also look at nutrition as the other thing to work on.... If you drink, cut down, eat healthily rather than diet, drink plenty

And the final one... Make sure you get enough good sleep ....

The 5k is doable but you'll need to accelerate the programme to 4 runs a week or every other day....

I do hard exercise about four times a week at the moment- Saturday and Sunday evenings, plus two mid-afternoon sessions during the week when I'm working split shifts.

The other days I do yoga in the kitchen before work at 6:30am. I don't do it as strenuously as I ought and have fallen back to sleep on the floor once or twice. blush

risingsunshine Sun 05-Jan-14 15:05:53

When do you fit it in, falcon?

I exercise daily. If I rest one day, I find it harder to get back into it.

tiggyhop Sun 05-Jan-14 14:41:07

Don't run more than three times a week.

AutumnStar Sun 05-Jan-14 13:49:55

I'd definitely second what others say OP on mixing it up a bit. I exercise nearly every day (have one rest day a week, sometimes two) but I do different things so I'm not straining the same muscles and joints all the time.

Generally I swim about a mile three times a week, do at least one session of hot yoga or pilates and a couple of runs/aerobics sessions.

Listen to your body and don't push yourself too hard to begin with. If you've got severe muscle aches then swimming is great to loosen you up a bit. Good luck, you sound really determined! You'll be really proud of yourself when you cross that 5k finish line.

Don't worry Rising, if you stick to the c25k plan you should be fine - just listen to your body as everyone has said smile.

Lazysuzanne Sun 05-Jan-14 13:27:11

How good are the other runners?

risingsunshine Sun 05-Jan-14 13:21:58

7 weeks today. I don't want to win, just don't want to come last! Though if I do I guess I can always hobble and feign an ankle sprain haha.

Oh dear. Worried now. I can't pull out as I said I'd do it and I don't want to let others down. Just checked my bmi, 26.3 shock sad

Lazysuzanne Sun 05-Jan-14 13:08:39

Some people (ie me) are just not good at running, you might take to it really well and make good progress.
But pushing yourself too hard can lead to injuries which hinder progress.

Lazysuzanne Sun 05-Jan-14 13:03:08

So starting from scratch as an unfit non runner, 2st overweight and you want to do well in a 5k race in about 7 weeks time?

You will be able to make a improvements to your cardiovascular fitness and body composition in that time but it can take much longer for the musculoskeletal system to adjust safely to the demands of running.

When is the race Rising?

coffeeslave Sun 05-Jan-14 12:11:34

Rest days are very important. Ditto adequate calories. It might seem counter-intuitive to eat enough to support your exercise, especially if you're looking to lose weight, but if you don't feed your muscles you will burn out quickly! Aim for 2 rest days a week, I reckon.

risingsunshine Sun 05-Jan-14 12:04:47

Oh dear Suzanne, that doesn't bode well for me if so! Maybe I should stay tucked up in bed!! grin

I'm hoping I can create a new routine for myself, as simple and usual as brushing my teeth or making a cup of tea in the morning!

Plus I am worried about making a fool of myself at this race, and I can't fit into ANY of my jeans any more blush. Put simply, this has to work.

ArgyMargy Sun 05-Jan-14 12:02:25

Every day is likely to be too much. I run every other day which suits me fine.

Lazysuzanne Sun 05-Jan-14 11:59:26

Going from no exercise to every day may be too much, I'd be inclined to ramp it up more gradually.
As others have said it's important to monitor yourself and reduce the intensity, frequency or duration if there are signs of overdoing it.

I have found that my capacity for exercise is linked to the amount of stress in my life generally.

Cool, I'm thinking as much about your immune system and energy levels as your muscles and joints, exercise will impact on that and there's no point exhausting yourself by going flat out then getting ill and having to take a week or so off to recover smile.

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