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Best way to start running Avian's Mommy!! 1 child; Levelland, Texas 3872 posts
1st Jan '13

I want to start learning how to jog... What's the best way to start to running when you are out of shape. (It's cold out, idk if that matters)... Any and all tips would be great. I figured I can try twice a day, the morning and night, so maybe that would help me too.

InkDMomma 35 kids; Clinton Township, Michigan 27418 posts
1st Jan '13

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MamaTiffy[38-weeks] Due August 2 (girl); 2 kids; Sunnyvale, CA, United States 8737 posts
1st Jan '13
Quoting Avian's Mommy!!:" I want to start learning how to jog... What's the best way to start to running when you are out of shape. ... [snip!] ... Any and all tips would be great. I figured I can try twice a day, the morning and night, so maybe that would help me too."


I would start with walking, and walk longer distances as you get more fit. Then go for "power walks" (basically just fast walking) and once your body is used to that then start jogging. Good luck! :)

Stacey Cassidy Due April 16 (boy); 2 kids; Cardiff, United Kingdom 35 posts
1st Jan '13

i found that going to the gym and starting on a treadmil was best. when i started a couple years ago i weighed 18 n half stone!!! so trust me when i started i found it extremely hard and couldn't even manage 1 minute slow jog without stopping. but after a min i would stop and walk for a couple secs then try another minute jog.i did this for 10-15 mins 4 times a weeks also using light wieght for my legs to gain strength to help with the jogging. light weights to tone arms. every week i would up my minute and push myself from doing 1 minute jog to 2 minute jog. after a few weeks i managed to jog for a solid 30-40 minutes without stopping!! everyone at the gym would watch me as they were working out but i just put that down to them being in shock that someone of my size could jog for so long without a break. I WAS FIT!!!! LOL. but believe me when i tell you it was not easy! it was far from it but if your determined you can achieve it.
best of luck!

✰ Mrs. B ✰ 2 kids; Texas 2640 posts
1st Jan '13

Couch to 5K, as already listed. It's awesome, I know several people who have had success with it & swear by it. Even someone I know who is a couch potato & HATES anything to do with exercise has done it & liked it.

Avian's Mommy!! 1 child; Levelland, Texas 3872 posts
1st Jan '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Stacey Cassidy:</b>" i found that going to the gym and starting on a treadmil was best. when i started a couple years ago ... [snip!] ... but believe me when i tell you it was not easy! it was far from it but if your determined you can achieve it. best of luck!"</blockquote>




That's what I was thinking too... I know that if everyday if I push myself one more min... Eventually I will get it.. But I'm gonna have to I do it at the park cause I don't have the money for gym... But as long as I do it right?

Stacey Cassidy Due April 16 (boy); 2 kids; Cardiff, United Kingdom 35 posts
1st Jan '13
Quoting Avian's Mommy!!:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Stacey Cassidy:</b>" i found that going to the gym and starting ... [snip!] ... will get it.. But I'm gonna have to I do it at the park cause I don't have the money for gym... But as long as I do it right?"


yes the park will work just as good anyway. me n my dad tried the lake once and i did find it a bit more awkward than the treadmill, but i think that's due to the treadmills having some give/bounce in them for each step you take. make sure you warm up your shins before and cooldown after.i had the worst shin splints ever!!!! they were so painful and i couldn't run for weeks when i had them. :/

Avian's Mommy!! 1 child; Levelland, Texas 3872 posts
1st Jan '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Stacey Cassidy:</b>" yes the park will work just as good anyway. me n my dad tried the lake once and i did find it a bit ... [snip!] ... and cooldown after.i had the worst shin splints ever!!!! they were so painful and i couldn't run for weeks when i had them. :/"</blockquote>




How do u warm up your shins?

Stacey Cassidy Due April 16 (boy); 2 kids; Cardiff, United Kingdom 35 posts
1st Jan '13

This exercise builds the shin muscle, the anterior tibialis muscle on the front side of your lower leg. If you experience shin pain when walking or running, this is the muscle group that is complaining. It flexes the foot upwards, and it complains mightily if you haven't been doing much walking or running and then try to leap into increasing your speed or distance. This exercise will develop the muscle to prevent shin pain.



  • Find a step so you can stand facing away from the step, with your heels on the step and your toes hanging over the drop off.

  • Hold onto a railing or chair for balance.

  • Flex your toes up towards your shins as far as you can. Hold this for a second.

  • Release and lower your toes.

  • Repeat 8 to 10 times.
Stacey Cassidy Due April 16 (boy); 2 kids; Cardiff, United Kingdom 35 posts
1st Jan '13

Your shins include the anterior tibialis muscle, which is on the front of your lower leg. Its action is to flex the foot upwards. This muscle mostly gets a workout in running, walking, and sports like tennis which have a lot of little sprints. It will begin complaining if you suddenly increase your amount or speed of running or walking, often to the point of painful shin splint.
Preventing and Treating Shin Splints
Standing Anterior Tibialis Shin Stretch



I like to call this the toe drag stretch.



  • Standing, you may want to use a hand on a wall or other support for balance.

  • Place the foot to be stretched just behind your other foot (which remains squarely on the ground), with the toe of the stretching foot touching the ground.

  • Keeping your toe firmly on the ground, pull the stretching leg forward so you feel a stretch from the top of your stretching foot through your shins. It often helps to bend both knees slightly.

  • Once you feel a good stretch, hold it for 15-30 seconds.

  • Repeat with the other foot.