5 TIPS FOR PLUSSIZE RUN­NERS

It’s all about small steps and sup­port

Runner's World (UK) - - Human Race -

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

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