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    Welcome! This forum is for everyone who is new and just getting started. Questions? Post them in this forum and get answers from our community. Need help or guidance? This is your place. Please keep in mind that this forum is for beginners. Do you remember how it was when you first started? Any contribution can go a long way. Help others and please be polite. "If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else." – Booker T. Washington
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    Welcome to the Zen Labs Fitness forums! We have an awesome community of amazing individuals. Our forums is maintained by the community, for the community. Do good and be happy... Follow the guidelines. Be kind. We're all brothers and sisters here. Be kind to one another. Encourage everyone. Everyone has to start somewhere. If you're a newbie, don't be scared to ask questions. If you're experienced in any topic, jump in and help! A 1-2 minute response can go a long way. Do not... Spam. Flooding the forum with unhelpful and irrelevant posts is strongly discouraged. Please don't spam each other. No advertisements. Troll or Flame. Our community has a strict no-troll and no-flame policy. To "troll" is to intentionally post inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages with intent of provoking a response. To "flame" is to insult fellow members of the community. Be inappropriate. No pornography and no illegal torrents. Have fun, meet new friends, and learn something new! We're all here for each other. Visit the guidelines for updated rules. "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted" - Aesop
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    This is a short list of our most frequently asked questions. For more information about our apps, or if you need support, please email us at contactus@zenlabsllc.com. Thanks! Q: The voice and beep is set to highest volume on the app. But how come I don't hear any voice cues? A: Here are a couple things to look for and keep in mind: 1) Please make sure that your device is not in vibrate/silent mode, as voice cues will not play when in this mode. Also please make sure all the voice/sound settings are correct (master volume is turned up). On iPhone devices there is a physical switch on the left side of the phone that when flipped, will keep the phone in vibrate mode. For iOS 7 and above devices, you can adjust the alerts sound volume in Settings (on your iOS device, not our app) → Sounds → Ringer and Alerts, which controls the sound when your device is locked. If this is not set properly, you will not hear any audio cues when device is locked. 2) Another thing to keep in mind with the new iOS is that you have to turn on Notifications inside your iOS settings for the app to be able to send you voice cues when your device is locked. Without this turned on, no voice cue will be played. 3) You can also try rebooting your device, or reinstalling the app. Q: The app is not remembering my progress / I lost all my data. Help! A: Please make sure to allow the workouts to be fully completed, meaning all the way to the social sharing screen, so that the app knows the workout is complete. You can also long press (Android) or double press (iOS) workouts to mark them as complete. You will see a check mark to signify a completed workout. Q: Where can I find the Myfitnesspal login on C25K Trainer app? A: The MyFitnessPal login is on the same screen as the Facebook/Twitter login in our C25K app, which is at the end of every workout. Please find the MFP icon there! Q: Ok, I found the Myfitnesspal login, but after pressing “send”, nothing is showing up on my MFP profile. A: Please allow some time for the results to be posted, as sometimes the MyFitnessPal servers could be slowed down due to heavy traffic. Another thing to try would be to refresh the home page of MyFitnessPal, to see if your results show. You can also try logging out and then back into your account through the official MyFitnessPal app. This should resolve most issues. Thanks! Q: How do I get the app to show up on my Apple Watch? A: You’ll need to open the Apple Watch app, and then scroll down until you find our app. Tap on it and you’ll see an option to “Show App on Apple Watch.”. Make sure that is on. Please remember to leave your device unlocked for the Apple Watch integration to work accurately. Navigate to settings and make sure “Always On (Disable Sleep)” is set to “On”. Also as an FYI, the watch is just an extension of the display of the phone. You have to start the app from the phone and can use your watch to check the time. You can pause and start, but can't start the app from the beginning. Q: Can I use the app on Apple Watch without my phone? A: You need to have the phone nearby in order for the watch to work. The app is not a standalone app on the watch, as it requires the phone to function properly. Q: What do I do if the app is misbehaving? A: Please try a hard-reset on your iPhone or iPod touch. Restarting frees up memory on your device, which is the cause of a lot of issues that are easily fixed by a simple restart. You can also try uninstalling and re-installing the app on your device. Make sure that you have the most updated version! Q: How to play music within the app / not finding my playlists? A: You need to first create a playlist on your device. Please refer to your device’s user manual on how to this. The playlist has to be created through the native music player app on your device (normally called “Music”), not a 3rd party music app (i.e. Google Play Music). Afterwards, you can access those playlists through the app. Q: How do I check progress such as calories and miles ran? A: After your run, you can tap the center dial to flip through your stats! You can see your calories burned as well as total distance ran. Q: How do I listen to music using 3rd party music app such as Pandora or Spotify? A: Please start the Pandora/Spotify app first, and have it run in the background. Then start our app, and the music should still run in the background. FYI our app cannot control music functions for Pandora/Spotify. Q: What is the difference between the pro and free version? A: The pro version has calorie and distance tracking, so our users can view all their stats from their run! It also removes ads from the bottom of the screen, as well as offering our users several more beautiful skins that they can customize the look of the app with! Q: Is there a community I can join that I can ask questions to? A: YES! There is a wonderful community on our Facebook page that is very active and passionate. You can post your question there, or create an account on our Forums and ask your question to the community there! Q: Can I use the treadmill to train? A: Of course! It is completely up to you on how you want to train. The only thing we advise is if you’re training for an actual race, that you get in some practice runs outdoors, as treadmill running and outdoor running is different from one another. Q: Is it ok to repeat days? A: It is perfectly normal to struggle with a workout, and completely fine to have to repeat that workout until you feel comfortable enough to move forward. It’s not a sprint! Take your time to build the stamina and strength you need. But don’t get complacent! You’re stronger than you think! Q: How do I get rid of initial popup screen everytime the app is launched? A: The Motivation screen that appears when first opening the app can be turned off in the settings tab! Many of our users enjoy the words of encouragement from this screen, but if you could do without it, you can easily turn it off. Q: Do I get charged again if I uninstall and re-install the app? A: Apple and Google handle the entire purchasing process, and once you purchase an app from their respective app stores, that info is stored in your profile. The app stores will not charge you again for re-downloading an app. If you believe some mistake was made with a charge, please contact Apple/Google directly. Q: I have the 10k Trainer app, but I can't find a way to sync my progress with Myfitnesspal. A: At this time, our partnership with Myfitnesspal is only with our C25K app. But we are working with MFP to integrate MFP functionality into all our other running apps as well! Feel free to shoot MFP an email and request this feature! We want it too! Q: I just graduated from the 10k app, and now want to start training with half/full marathon app! What week should I start from? A: The Marathon Trainer’s program is significantly different from the C25K/10K Trainer, so there is no direct bridge. Having said that, many of our 10K graduates have found that week 7 of the Marathon Trainer is a good place to start if you are comfortable with your fitness level. Please keep in mind that our half/full Marathon app was designed for true beginner runners, and the end goal is to have our users be able to complete a full 13.1/26.2 mile race, utilizing a walk/run interval. So you are not running the entire race. You are utilizing a “run for 4 mins / walk for 1 min” cycle the entire way. Q: How can I get the most accurate results for the distance tracker on my running apps or the Pedometer app? A: There are a couple things that you can do to improve the accuracy: For users using the later iOS devices with M8 Motion Coprocessor chip, the app pulls data from the M8 chip, so what you’re seeing is data directly from iOS Healthkit itself. For users on older iOS devices without M8 chip, here are some tips: 1) Turn on GPS, as this helps the app use your coordinates to better calculate your distance. 2) Please also keep in mind where you are placing your device during your run. The ideal place would be in your pant/shorts pocket, or in an armband. The app uses vibrations and motion to estimate steps, so if the device is, for example, in your breast pocket, than the count may not be as accurate due to the relative minimal movement in that location. For Android users: 1) Make sure to enter in your height inside the settings of the app, as this will help determine your stride length and better calculate your distance. 2) Turn on GPS, as this helps the app use your coordinates to better calculate your distance. 3) Please also keep in mind where you are placing your device during your run. The ideal place would be in your pant/shorts pocket, or in an armband. The app uses vibrations and motion to estimate steps, so if the device is, for example, in your breast pocket, than the count may not be as accurate due to the relative minimal movement in that location. 4) Adjust the "Sensitivity" option of the app. If the app is short on distance, then adjust it to be “more” sensitive. If the app is over calculating distance, then lower the sensitivity. Q: What are some good warmup exercises to do before starting any of the Challenge (Pushups/Situps/Pullups/Squats) apps? A: Some good ones in general are jumping jacks or running in place. This is just to get the heart rate going. Some of our users like to stretch the muscles that they are about to exercise (chest, glutes, abs) etc. Different users have different favorite stretches for target muscles. And some users skip all together the warm up stage. So this is completely up to you.
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    Hey everyone! Don't forget to check out our blogs for great running tips, from breathing technique, stretching, shin splints and first race tips! Here is the article on breathing techniques to try: http://www.zenlabsfitness.com/perfecting-your-breathing-technique-during-running/ Happy running and namaste! Zen Labs Fitness team
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    Check out the article on our blog with great tips from an expert on proper body form when running. These tips will help reduce the risk of injury, as well as help you get the most out of your workout! http://www.zenlabsfitness.com/learning-proper-running-technique/ Comment here in this post if you have tried these techniques, and what has worked best for you.
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    Hi , I have just downloaded the c25k app and am now terrified I have made this step. I am 54, obese and an avid couch hugger but have decided my life is passing me by and I am so unfit I don't know how to recover myself. I overheard someone talking about the app and a wee lightbulb came on in my head and I decided to give it a go......I think I have gone mad !! Not sure where to start....should I buy running shoes straight away , do I need Lycra ( omg I don't think the world is ready for a shock like that ) do I actually have to run on day one ...I don't usually walk never mind run. What do I need with me ..water, face wipes, sweat band , emergency whistle , flares ??? Oh lord , what have I let myself in for !!!
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    http://www.zenlabsfitness.com/difference-running-treadmill-running-pavement/ As you gear up to get started on your running routine, one of the most important things that you might be asking yourself is where to do your runs. While some people have a srong preference of either the treadmill or outside, others may not be so sure. Is one better than the other? Would you see enhanced results running outdoors compared to on a treadmill? Or perhaps the treadmill is better? By understanding the differences between the two, you can make a more informed decision on where to do your runs.
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    Hi, I am Seth, new here. Hope to find new friends and some information
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    Check out the Facebook Success Stories album, to read some amazing stories from users like yourself, who overcame all sorts of obstacles to achieve their fitness goals! http://goo.gl/EahJCj Feel free to share your story/photo in this forum. Your inspiration goes a long way! The greatest wealth is health!
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    Ok, Post your workouts here Everyday. I am back on it. Today was T25 Beta Cardio and Leg Weight Training. Feel Great! Happy Monday!
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    Hi everyone! I've never really done anything like this before. I was born with a few heart defects and haven't really been allowed to exercise until now. I've always wanted to run a 5K but never had someone to motivate me or was allowed. I got the okay from my cardiologist to start running. My goal is to run a 5K by middle of September. This goal means a lot to me. Middle of September will be three years since my most recent open heart surgery. So to run 3 mile by my 3rd anniversary will be awesome. I hope I can stay motivated and accomplish this goal!
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    I have never ever run in my life. I don't even exercise. I have a big family and many of them are runners (4 of them are running the Caldera Triple right now). My family makes fun of me for eating junk food and not exercising all the time and I'm so sick of it. I plan to run at night because I don't want them making fun of me if they find out I'm trying. So, as I run in secret, I hope this app and this community helps!
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    Hello everyone, My name is Marianna and I am finally ready to make a new beginning with my life. I suffered from bulimia and I am still struggling with depression. I used to be fit and I enjoyed running, but suddenly depression came by and everything changed. Procrastination and loss of motivation led me to unknown paths. I started hating my body and I forgot how it was to appreciate life and how to be happy. Today is my first run and I cannot wait for it. I can't say that I have won this battle, but I am proud of myself and I want treat my body with respect and love. I must confess that I am feeling really weird right now, since it is the first time that I am publicly talking about this without any guilt or embarassement. I am afraid. I am afraid that I won't be able to complete the run. I am afraid that I am not strong enough. If you are reading and you are also afraid, you are not alone. Just remember that the hardest step is the one out of the front door! Lots of love,
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    Hi, my name is Chris and this is my 2nd try. I made it to around week 4 last year but didn't keep it up. I really want to do this.....mostly for my health as I am 51 with young kids and also because 2 of my kids have become lovers of running.
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    I run in spurts, and am always starting over. I decided to embrace it: I am a person who likes challenges and routines but gets bored doing the same thing all the time. 4 years ago I completed the half marathon trainer and really enjoyed it. I have decided to do the marathon trainer because I know I can do a run-walk program, I am not trying to lose weight (although a few lbs would be nice). I adhere to healthy eating and practice yoga 6 days a week. I already know I like the program, I don't like just running because it is too wearing on my body and boring. I am a 64 yo grandmother and can't wait to accomplish the goal of completing the program.
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    I am trying to integrate this app with my fitness pal and I don't see how that's possible. It redirects me here and I don't see anything
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    I am preparing to walk out my front door in just a few minutes to begin my lifestyle change. I am 52 years old and a year ago I weighed 228 pounds. I carried this on my 5ft 3 inch frame. Both of my anterior knees were replaced 3 years ago. I was prediabetic, high blood pressure, horrible joint pain. I had gastric sleeve surgery in August of 2015. My weight is down to 169. I feel better. However I know that I can do better by adding exercise to my program. I am committed, I was an athlete in my youth and I intend to become one and maintain the status for the rest of my life. On my way now.
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    Hi I'm new too. Im starting this program for the first time. I walk a lot, about 5 miles 5 days a week and I would like to start running. Figured this is the beat way to begin.
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    Hi, I'm new too. I'm a 43 years old mother and I'm over weight. I would like to do some sport to loss my weight and make my life more healthy. About the apps, do I run three days a week only?
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    Hi I'm Jennifer - Newby Runner. I am new and need some serious motivation. I have never been a runner and I'm not sure I ever will but I figured I'd give it a go! Good luck Kimberly, Seth & Annie
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    Running on a treadmill is safer. After a sexual assault 35 years ago when I was running at age 14, I find that the treadmill brings me the peace that I can't get outdoors (where I always feel like someone is behind me, even today, even after years of therapy.) But nothing can stop me from running! . Bring on that belt. I love it!
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    Has anyone trained on a treadmill for a 5k? So I am in TX and while I prefer to run outside, the weather lately has been prohibitive. So I am probably going to train mostly on the treadmill. But my end goal is to run a 5k. Has anyone done it? Thanks, Heather
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    I, too, have never ran in my life. I always said that if you see me running, then something is chasing me. I used to be a ballet dancer, and still feel in my heart the freedom it brought me when on the stage. Now I have two kids and been fat and happily married for 10 years and let myself go. But no more! Just finished day 2 today and it hurt like hell was reaching up from underground, but I did it.
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    Increase cadence to 170 to 180 strikes a minute and shorten stride length to attain that.... this will slow you down and you can breathe through your nose. use a metronome for the cadence Concentrate on the nasal breathing...... dont try to run faster, that will come as you progress.. Do breathing exercise during the day, and yoga is very good.
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    Hi,all. So I'm really struggling with week 5. Ive been doing all the weeks over twice to get my body used to running and it's helped, but I can't seem to run past the first initial 5 minutes. Week 5 day 1 is good, but day 2 and 3 is hard. I really want to run a 5k, but this is starting to make me discouraged. I know that this app is suppose to get me to run a 5k without stopping, but is that ideal for most people? And if so what can I do to overcome this?
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    http://www.zenlabsfitness.com/mainstream-diets-what-you-need-to-know/ Reading up on some of the latest diet information out there and starting to feel completely overwhelmed? You can join the millions of other people out there who don’t really know which diet is best. With hundreds of different approaches to choose from, it can be hard to navigate the waters. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most mainstream approaches out there and go over which ones will deliver you the most optimal results for your time investment.
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    I'm new here & looking forward to encouraging each other so we all can be SUCCESSFUL!!! I've been a yo-yo all my life but I'm getting "younger" & MUST keep my weight & health in check. So I look forward to working with all of you & let's show the world we mean business this time. Let's Get Going!!!
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    just finished W1D2. Ran outside today. In some ways it was much harder than the treadmill as I don't think I went as fast. But I definitely got a good workout because I am sweating! 8 weeks until I turn 40. Let's get a bit more fit for the big one!
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    Awesome. So,I'm gaining a ton of trust in the people who came up with the times for this program. I was totally sure I couldn't do w5d3, but not only did I do it this morning, but I was a ways from home at the end of the 20 minutes, and was feeling awesome, so I kept going through the timed cooldown!!! Ended up going about 1.75 miles. Seriously, 2 months ago, I didn't think that was possible. Honestly, before I started this morning, I wasnt sure if I could actually make it through the 20 minutes!!!
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    I would stay with week 3 and try to complete it. Do not worry about the distance, just stay steady, distract yourself with music and put one foot in front of the other.
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    I started the Couch 2 5k app in Mid-February 2017. I never ran before now. I'm 37 and way out of shape. I have two children and have been inactive for about 15 years. I have Psoriatic Arthritis and Degenerative Discs in my spine and Chiari Maformation. For years I used this as an excuse. I'm too tired. Too much pain. Blah blah blah. I ran my first 5k two days ago. I ran another 5k today. It feels so good to hit my goal in less time than I thought. I was running almost everyday. When i I started I wasn't able to do Day 1 Week 1 completely. I was huffing and puffing. Get out there! If I can do it, You can do it!
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    Trying to start my new fitness journey
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    I'm on week 3 day 1 and extremely hard to believe that this has been by far the easiest day so far. I never thought I would get this far without falling off. I have a long way to go ,but I'm more confident in the journey than ever.
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    Hi all! New by here! A little about myself - I'm 49 with a BMI of 42. I've decided that I do not want to be fat, unfit and fifty so I've got 11 months to change myself, and only I can do it!!! My plan? I've rejoined my local slimming club (Slimming World - lost nearly 4.5 stone last time but bereavement, work and home stresses were my excuses to eat, eat and eat, resulting in me putting even more back on I've a couple of years
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    It is definitely all mental. As long as you have a rhythmic breathing and steady pace, you can go as long as your brain will let you. I struggled yesterday (Week 5 day 1) and there were at least 3 times during that where I had the thought of "I'm not going to be able to finish this one without a break. I'm going to have to stop and rest. This is the one that ruins me." And even though it was absolute agony that last stretch, I kept saying "only a minute and a half left... only a minute left... only 30 seconds left..." and while most people will start to feel more tired while thinking "oh gosh there's an entire minute left!" I find it helps push me on. Because as I'm running, I remember that I CAN run 5 minutes. I CAN run more than that if I want to, and usually those thoughts of "I have to stop" are during the last 5 minute run. So I just look back at not even 5 minutes earlier; I have run 5 minutes without stopping TWICE now; I can do it a third time. If I can run 5 minutes twice and I made it this far in the last stretch, this last minute and a half isn't going to be the end of me. After that run and I dropped down to a walk and caught my breath, I left the run feeling the same as I always do after a run - refreshed and awfully tired. That's how I know it's not too much - I didn't collapse, I wasn't limping, or curled up in a fetal position cradling a torn muscle, and I wasn't super dizzy. I did it. Tomorrow is another story, but is the same idea. I'll get to the 5 minute mark and see that there are three minutes left and I'll groan in agony because that's THREE MINUTES. My legs will be tired and burning, I'll be breathing hard, but I know I can do it. I'm going to at least try anyway. I can't remember their name but one of the other posters before me that suggested going "okay 30 more seconds" after each "minute milestone" is absolutely right. It's up to you whether you want to give in to your fatigue or not, and sometimes it's just the thought of "I can't do this" that stops a lot of us FROM doing it. For me, unless I feel like there's something SERIOUSLY wrong (torn muscle, on the verge of passing out, etc) there's no reason for me to stop. My condition is the same it's always been, I just have to push through it and complete it. I'm breathing hard but steady, I can slow my pace if I need to, but one way or another I will run the entire duration. As for Friday, well, we'll see when we get there >_>
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    Feelin great! Like i really accomplished something. I dont do that alot lol.
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    Just finished Week 1, Day 1 & i'm beat. My body feels great though & super refreshed!!! Does anyone know how to see how many miles you ran or calories you lost while doing this? Thx☺️
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    Week 5 Day 3 conquered at last..!! Felt like I could have run a couple more minutes extra after completing it..!!
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    Of course you can do it. Try to reduce your pace, get good steady music and do not look at the time. BTW it is OK to repeat days and even weeks. The schedule C25K is your guidance, feel free to adjust it to your conditions. The trying is what important, you already done 2 weeks, do not give up now, keep at it.
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    As the topic says "I have never run in my life". I often joke that I will never run without something chasing me. I get winded running down the block. I am about 35lbs heavier than I would like and I hope this program will help me lose some weight and get into a healthy regular running routine. My neighbor told me about this app and I am so excited to get started. I have 2 kids so one challenge will be finding the time to run. But I plan to make this a priority in my life because it is time for a change. I am getting close to 40 and I want to be active not stagnant.
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    I too just downloaded this app and am not a runner yet. I want to run a 5k by my 55th birthday in March. It's on my bucket list and I need motivation and a kick in the pants. I can walk the 5k but I want to run it. Maybe moving to 10k by 57. Thank you. Looking forward to my feet running soon.
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    Hi everyone. I'm thinking of purchasing a Sole F63 (I'm on a budget). Do you recommend this treadmill? Any others (under $1k)? Cheers
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    "you want to make sure your legs are in such a position that your foot lands directly over your toes." What the heck does that mean?
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    I did day 2 twice then amazingly managed day 3 with only about a 10 second stop after about 5 minutes. Once I did that I was fine for the rest of the way. Can't actually believe I managed it. When I went onto week 6 day 1 today it seemed like a breeze! One thing I have found is that listening to audiobooks helps me better than music. Although you don't get the "pace" (and I run incredibly slowly) I find they make me concentrate more on the story and less on how much my legs are hurting!
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    http://www.zenlabsfitness.com/how-the-8020-diet-can-help-improve-your-health/ What Is The 80/20 Rule? The 80/20 rule basically states that you should be ‘on’ the plan around 80% of the time, which then allows you time to have freedom and flexibility the other 20% of the time. Most people when they first start out on a healthy eating plan expect themselves to be 100% healthy 24/7.
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    Today is the first step to improving my health and fitness....I'm focusing on squats and situps to tone and build muscles in that area of my body
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    Look how many calories are in your favourite naughty snacks. Then work out how far you'd need to run to work off the same number of calories. It suddenly doesn't seem so appealing anymore!
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    So. Today. I'm in Week 5, Day 1. Super Cold out (40 degrees), high altitude. Which I am used to. 2nd running session and my right side was killing me. It's from lack of oxygen. I was so stiff running today because of the cold. Major stitch in the Side. Started walking and breathing deep. Not through your mouth. Through your diaphragm. Hold your tummy and breathe through your chest with your mouth closed. Do this a few times a day too and this will help. I set a timer for 3 x a day and breathe deep for a few minutes. At first you will get dizzy but it will subside. Do you you realize how much we don't breathe DEEP????? It will increase your metabolism too. Breathe in , out. Breathe in 3 times, let it out the same way. 3 times in, blow out. keep doing it. Also breathe in, hold, hold, hold, let out. Look up Oxycise. It works. We never use our lungs to capacity. Are you sitting here ? Are you breathing?, not deep enough EH??? Now breathe deep. It oxygenates the blood. Which increased circulation, which increases metabolism. Try it.