Our team of medical experts are ready to help

Your questions answered


Anon asked...

How fast should I run on a running machine?

Tags: exercise , fitness

I have a good running machine and wondered how long and what sort of speed would be good for me on a daily basis?

  • mother-thermometer-doctor-at-hand

    Do you need to see a GP ASAP?

     

    Would you like to speak with a doctor by video or phone at a time that suits you?

    Our Doctor@Hand service, delivered by Doctor Care Anywhere, is available on a pay-as-you-go basis with prices starting at just £60 per consultation*.

    Quote AXA20 to receive a 20% discount. (* Prices subject to change.)

The answer

Anyone who is starting exercise for the first time, needs to start slowly and build up. You are aiming to be able to fast walk/slow run, so that you are slightly out of breath (but still able to speak a little) and increase your heart rate. You should adjust the speed of the machine to achieve this. Your body mass index (BMI) is far too high at 31 and you are therefore considered to be obese. Obesity means you are high risk of diabetes, heart disease and also cancer, so it is important you lose weight. By exercising daily for 20 minutes along with a calorie controlled healthy diet, you should be able to do that.

Newsletter sign up


Sign up to our monthly newsletter, Better Health, to receive our latest health and wellbeing updates.


Sign up to newsletter