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    OK, don't know if this is unnecessary worry, but:

    Mum and I are both a little overweight and we think we should take up jogging. We'd probably go for runs in the woods at the back of our house about three times a week, maybe just for half an hour to begin with. Mum has an office job and rarely does any exercise because she is so busy. She is also over 50. I'm a bit worried that she will have a heart attack or something if we start running - is this stupid? Can people start jogging over 50? What would I do if we were in the middle of the forest and she couldn't breath or something? I don't know if I'm overreacting!
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    No, she won't have a heart attack.

    Just take it slow.
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    She's unlikely to have a heart attack. Try this program if you're worried about pushing her (and yourself) too far - it really worked for me. http://www.runnersworld.com/beginner...01?page=single

    If you scroll down, there's a timetable with suggested running and walking times and weeks for them. It's a good starter for a program, and much more likely to work than just running full out and hoping it works.

    The information on that page is all good though
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    Thanks guys! I will set up a schedule to motivate us and also so that we can pace (hahah) ourselves!
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    I've done the course that ChocoCoatedLemons suggests. I was super unfit and was also overweight when I started. Within 10 weeks I could run 3 miles non stop.
    You could think about joining a running club. It's much better to run with other new beginners and a club environment is really supportive. Runners are generally good people.

    Good luck, OP.
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    No, I think it's a good idea. She could always check with her GP if she's worried, but I think she will know if she is pushing it too far. Take a phone in case anything does happen, but I think it's unlikely. If anything it ought to strengthen her heart and make her live longer.

    As ChocoCoatedLemons said, certainly don't jog for half an hour straight away - most beginner's programmes start with just five minutes of actual jogging, then build it up over 8-10 weeks. Good luck - I did it, and it's so worth it if you stick to it
 
 
 
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