This posts sheds a little light on the myth, that running is bad for people. The science has proven it.
Running is not any worse for your health then doing nothing at all! Unless a doctor tells you not to run, or you have severe health problems, you can run...at least a jog anyway. It's always best to start with a walking program first. You can't expect your body to respond well to running if you are typically a "couch potato." This is the reason why people get injured, and then they blame it on running.
As long as we start slow, and start with walking to get your joints ready for the coming workload. The body gradually adjusts. It's fun and you can go at your own pace. Don't try to keep up with others until you are a seasoned runner and you know what your body can do. Running is a little like being a kid again. It gives you that feeling of freedom.
It's always best to walk and run with a break in between. Jeff Galloway, a famous runner, and coach started the walk/run method. The most recognized source for running information is runnersworld.com. Also, John Stanton has a book available at the local Running Room store.
Please don't let anyone tell you, "you're too big to run." That's bogus! I have encountered many women bigger than me in races, and some of them have passed me at the finish line. If you are healthy and have no cardiac issues you could benefit from the walk/run program. It's a good idea to start with a HR monitor. I have had one for a while. It's a bit tricky to use at first. Remember to listen to your body.
Exercise experts have found that those people with classic over weight symptoms can benefit and even reach a point where medication can be stopped altogether. Blood pressure, and blood sugar can be stabilized through regular endurance activity.
The great thing about running is that you can eat more, and not worry about watching the scale. Running promotes a sense of accomplishment, and it's measurable. You can keep a log of your progress on most mobile devices. I prefer the written log.
Running can slow down the aging process, and keep your legs stronger. Typically women lose their leg strength as they get older. This is noticeable, if you suddenly stop exercising.
You will have more energy for other daily activities. But for some people, it's the only time they have alone.
Running has been known to elevate moods and lessen stress. Some studies even suggest that running can decrease the severity of menopausal symptoms, like hot flashes and disturbed moods. It increases the production of serotonin, the body's feel good chemicals.
Reports by Melpomene institute claim that 74% of runners felt that running improved overall symptoms.
My experiences with running have been very positive, and I know people in their 60's and 70's who run. Remember, always check with your doctor before starting a running program. Running or fast walking can help you with weight loss, if you do it at least three times per week.