I’m 36 years old and I’m about 50 – 60 pounds overweight. I’m also 5 foot 1 and a half. I have been walking 5 days a week for about 3 months and I am now able to walk about 30 – 45 minutes at a time. I dislocated my hip (by 30%) when I was 13, which is why I can’t run anymore. I can jog, but due to the dislocated hip I had 23 years ago, I don’t enjoy jogging. My hip hurts sometimes when I jog.
This question is about fitness, health and heart health. Since I’m not very active and I just started to walk 3 months ago, is it normal for me to suck wind after jogging for only 300 feet? I got my heart rate up to 42 beats per 15 seconds or 168 per minute. My max heart rate is 190 and 85% of that is 161. Should I be able (physically) to jog for longer than 300 feet? I didn’t have any chest pain, but I was so very out of breath and I had to stop jogging to catch my breath. Another thing: I went up one flight of stairs yesterday (I did not run) and I was also sucking wind. Is any or all of this any cause for major concern? (I am losing weight slowly and my pants are starting to fall off of my waist. I also do NOT eat fried greasy foods).
Don’t forget to add in some light weight training a couple days a week. You’ll be surprised that focusing on this will help you reach your goals faster than jogging every day. Check out some of the local gyms around you for weight lifting classes. Those are really popular nowadays and you can at least be around people who are at the same level as you. Good luck!
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