Should You Run?

Running is a great way to get in shape. It helps control weight and provides tremendous long-term cardiovascular benefits. Most people can feel comfortable about starting an exercise program without risk, but there are certain people who should consult with a physician prior to initiating a program.

Please review these questions to see if it is advisable for your to consult with a physician. These are adapted from the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q):

  • Has a doctor ever diagnosed you with a heart condition, high blood pressure or restricted your activity in any way?
  • Do you take any medications for a heart condition or high blood pressure?
  • Do you experience chest pain with or without activity?
  • Do you experience dizziness that causes you to lose balance?
  • Have you ever passed out or lost consciousness?
  • Have you been diagnosed with diabetes or any kind of chronic kidney disease?
  • Do you have any bone or joint problems that are worsened by activity?
  • Are you 70 years of age or older and starting a new exercise program?
  • Do you know of any reason you should not participate in physical activity or have ANY concerns about your health?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, we recommend you consult with your primary care physician prior to beginning an exercise program. If you don’t have a primary care physician, you may call the Borgess Physician Referral line, 269-226-8135, or 1-800-828-8135 toll free.

How Hard Should You Run?

While you are running, or run/walking you should be able to  carry on a conversation without being overly out of breath.  There will be some exertion, but you should be able to speak in full sentences.  Don’t be afraid to walk and run until you build up endurance.

Train for a 5K?

My First 5K at the Borgess Run is an opportunity to make a commitment to yourself and your health. Whether you are starting out walking and working your way to running, we can support you along the way.

You can design your own training schedule, use the Couch to 5K program on this app or join Borgess Run Camp (see button on this app).

On May 5, we will have a special bib for you that will indicate that this is your first 5K.  And when you finish, celebrate your success by ringing the My First 5K Bell to give others a chance to applaud your achievement!