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This post is part of the Beginner Running series and is a great place to start for those who might be apprehensive about starting a running program or who are looking to start running with no experience! With a BMI of 36 I was definitely in the obese category for my small 5″ 2 frame and therefore couldn’t “just go for a run” I had to build it up and allow my body time to adjust to the new exercise and strain I was putting it under. So walk/running is how I achieved this, now I can run for over 2 hours, 14 miles and am training for my first marathon! let me tell you a bit more about it!…
This is sometimes called interval running and involves (just as it sounds), running at a comfortable pace (you should be able to still have a breathy conversation) and then brisk walking to recover.
Runners of all abilities. Even seasoned runners add walk/run workouts to tackle new distances or hilly routes as it reduces impact and encourages progression. It’s more commonly understood as a beginner workout because it is perfect with minimal time on their feet to ease in a reduce injury risk.
There are hundreds (literally) of programs out there – you can google couch to 5k and there will be a host of training programs. when I started I used a training program from Bupa. You can look for the appropriate one here.
I created my own walk-run program based on my own experience and progression that I found manageable, here it is in a handy printable;
*Note: Always check with a healthcare provider when starting a new routine or regime – my advice is not a substitute of a professional – for more information, check my disclaimer policy*
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