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    Interval training is actually best for fitness results, fat loss and cardio health. I use an iPhone app called Micoach. It's free and Adidas make it. You go to their website and put your goals in and how often you can train and it generates a program for you. I went from not being able to run for a tram, to completing 10km in under an hour with less than 3 months of training. Can't recommend it more highly.

    Getting back to the interval training though, it's less boring than a straight run and much more challenging too. But you will get results quicker.

    Enjoy your new pursuit. Maybe look up some fun runs that are coming up and register to keep yourself motivated.

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    Agree with the benefits of intervals, but for those new to running there is a risk of overdoing it and getting injured. OP if you go down this path, make sure you start slowly and always give yourself a day or two rest between sessions.

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    ^^ at least. When interval training is done properly, you only need to do intervals twice a week. For a beginner I'd suggest starting with once a week

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    Absolutely. I meant if you start intervals as a newbie to running, don't do ANY running (intervals or otherwise) the next day, maybe two.

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    If you can, throw in a couple of weight training sessions too. Muscle burns more fat than muscle, and weight resistance is the way to gain muscle. Then of course you have to remember that for best results, your food intake has to be spot on.

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    Thanks everyone. Some great tips here.

    Need to work on the diet side of things. However, I figure if I eat the foods I always have and throw in some exercise I'm still better off than I was.

    I can definitely do some weight training. Any particular suggestions?

    I've had some aching in my hips and can't quite work out how to stretch them out where they hurt.

    I really hope I can stick with this. It's very empowering.

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    I'd recommend downloading the 'Couch to 5km' app - there are various versions and most are free.

    It details interval training (the best form according to all PT's I've had) from beginner to advanced. You can then progress after you can comfortably do 5km.

    Regarding strength training - start off with your own weight bearing exercises. Push-ups, squats, dips etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Northerly View Post
    Absolutely. I meant if you start intervals as a newbie to running, don't do ANY running (intervals or otherwise) the next day, maybe two.
    Oh sorry thanks for clarifying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2Bboys View Post
    Thanks everyone. Some great tips here.

    Need to work on the diet side of things. However, I figure if I eat the foods I always have and throw in some exercise I'm still better off than I was.

    I can definitely do some weight training. Any particular suggestions?

    I've had some aching in my hips and can't quite work out how to stretch them out where they hurt.

    I really hope I can stick with this. It's very empowering.
    If you're going to train 5 days a week, for example, you could do 3 weight sessions and 2 running, or if you want to focus more on running do 3 running and 2 weights. The weights should be full body sessions. If you belong to a gym see if a PT there can do you up a plan for the weights sessions. If not, I'm happy to help you out (I'm qualified to do so ).

    When has the aching started? Since you started running or before?

    Diet - you need to eat healthy anyway but if you are not looking for specific weight loss or gain then you can just eat healthy and make sure you eat correctly for recovery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pesca77 View Post
    I'd recommend downloading the 'Couch to 5km' app - there are various versions and most are free.

    It details interval training (the best form according to all PT's I've had) from beginner to advanced. You can then progress after you can comfortably do 5km.

    Regarding strength training - start off with your own weight bearing exercises. Push-ups, squats, dips etc
    The couch to 5km is good!!


 

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