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Couch to 5K—Are You Ready?

With summer just around the corner, how would you like to get in shape and feel better about yourself? There are many activities that can help you achieve this goal, but I personally like the Couch to 5K beginners running program.

This program is for all types of people, whether you are already active or you are just getting started, and it does not require any expensive gym equipment.

Running has many benefits and is a great way to improve your overall health. It is known to lift your mood, raise your levels of good cholesterol, reduce the risk of having a stroke, and boost your confidence, and it’s an effective way to burn off extra calories.

To get started, you will need to set a goal. The best way is to register for a 5K race, but make sure to give yourself enough time to train, usually several months.

Next, you can either print out a schedule or you can download the Couch to 5K application on your phone or other device. There are many different versions available. Below is a sample of one of the programs.

Make sure you have a good pair of running shoes and comfortable clothing.

The Couch to 5K program eases you into jogging more and more as time progresses without overdoing it. It is flexible in case you want to slow it down and or repeat a week or two if you find yourself struggling. For extra motivation, you can reward yourself for completing workouts or even invite a friend to do the program with you. A change in the scenery is also helpful.

I hope you will consider this program. It is suitable for everyone, as long as your physician allows. After just a couple weeks, you will feel stronger and healthier. After approximately 10 weeks, you will be able to jog for 30 minutes! Good luck!

Andrea
Life Claim Analyst

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