5 TIPS FOR PLUSSIZE RUNNERS
It’s all about small steps and support
START OFF WHERE YOU ARE
Wherever you are now is OK. Set small, attainable goals and increase them as you move along. The key to success for any beginner is finishing each workout feeling successful.
GO SLOW AND EASY
Doing too much too quickly is the number one culprit for injury, burnout and giving up. Start with two days of exercise a week, get your body conditioned and when it feels good, add a third day.
FIND THE RIGHT KIND OF SUPPORT
I found a run leader who trained me as an athlete and never mentioned weight loss or the size of my body. That changed everything for me.
DON’T GO IT ALONE
An accountability partner is good, not only for staying on track with the training but for taking away the fear of getting out there. Or look for a supportive group.
GO ‘LOW AND SLOW’
That means keeping your feet low – almost as if they’re not lifting off the ground – and your pace slow, to begin with. This leaves little room for impact and protects the joints.
HIGH FIVES Support is crucial