How can a 60 year old woman start a program of running for exercise?

I recently found out that my cholesterol count is very high and would like to start dieting and exercising to avoid taking medication. I am a 60-year old female and would really like to be able to run for my exercise. I don’t like walking–but realize I will have to start out by walking. Please help!

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4 Responses to “How can a 60 year old woman start a program of running for exercise?”

  1. Katie says:

    yes, start out walking, maybe go with some friends, someone to talk to, a dog? it can make it more enjoyable. Get an ipod or something to play music when you go, or find a park and enjoy the nature.
    after walking, increase to run for 30seconds, walk a min, run 30 seconds, walk a min. then go to a min run/min walk, then min run/30seconds walk. until you can increase to only running, will probably take going every day for about a month + to increase to that, but dont get discouraged!

    also, be sure to do a light stretch after a short warm up!

  2. care_for_all_people says:

    The trouble with running is the stress on your joints. There are probably better exercises than running for a lady of your age which you can do indoors. One of the best exercise courses I have found is called ‘Fit over 40′ which would suit you perfectly.

  3. AngelaSD says:

    It sounds like a great idea! I would start out slower / lighter impact to help you condition your body to start running. First of all, I would start walking but walk very fast, maybe even carry hand weights to make more resistence. After a few days I would start incorporating running into the plan. Maybe time it, like walk for 4 minutes, run for 1 minute. And do this cycle as many times as you like. Then do 3 minutes of walking and 2 minutes of running. That way you actually build yourself up to doing more and more time.

    Good Luck! Thanks for reading!

  4. Gary Kaiser, PhD says:

    The best way to start any fitness program is to increase cardiovascular fitness. Begin with the run-walk-run. Do a light stretch and begin running. Run like you are going to run 5 miles not like 100 meters. Run until you can’t run any more then walk back to the beginning. Once you get to the start begin running again. Once you have gone as far as you can stop for the day. Try to run the first distance a little farther every day until you can run a mile without stopping. Don’t get discouraged if you can’t run very far. Remember it’s not where you start but where you end.

    Good Luck!