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A 21-year-old female asked:

I'm 5ft 5 & weigh 180 at 21 years old, i smoke a pack a day. walk all the time, is it safe to start trying to jog? what are physical warnings to stop

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Dr. Gary Pitts
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Yes if normal health: 1. Start reasonably and increase your distance by no more than 10% per week 2. If you are having worrisome signs e.g. Chest pain or shortness of breath, then hold off and see your doctor prior to starting up again 3. Your best friend will be good running shoes 4. If you are noticing persistent joint pains then back down and consider seeing your doctor.

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Last updated Jun 10, 2013

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