How Can Runners With Larger Bodies Run Safely?

Running is an extremely popular form of exercise, for good reason. It’s fun, requires minimal equipment and can be done pretty much anywhere. But people with overweight and obesity may feel their body size prevents them from getting started with running. In reality, runners come in all shapes and sizes. With the right attitude, gear, strategy and support system, people in larger bodies can enjoy the many benefits of becoming a lifelong runner.

We spoke with three certified running coaches who work with folks with overweight and obesity. They shared their top 10 tips for getting started, staying healthy and improving your running performance.

  1. Talk to Your Doctor: It’s always a good idea to speak with your doctor before embarking on any new exercise program. This is especially important if you have a history of heart, lung or joint conditions. If you are returning to exercise after an injury or surgery, you should also make sure you are cleared for the specific type of training you plan to do.

Excerpted from Livestrong

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