Learn To Run
Start running from scratch
Taking up running can seem like a scary prospect, especially if you feel out of shape or are unfit. If you’re not sure where to start, use the resources below to help you get going and build up gradually. We recommend the Couch to 5k nine-week, guided, training program which is designed to help people transform a sedentary lifestyle into an active one. In this Pod, graduates of the program share their tips and you can discover how to progress in your new found skill once you’ve cracked the 5k distance!
So what are you waiting for? Set yourself the 5K target, lace up your trainers and achieve the goal. Running regularly will improve both your physical and mental health. and give your confidence and self belief a boost.
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(38 mins )
How do you even start running? It seems too daunting! In this podcast episode from Cook Eat Run, Charlie Watson talks to three runners on their Couch to 5K journey. They talk about what level of fitness you need to start the program – NONE! What the hardest and best parts of following the plan was, why they wanted to start running and whether they have plans to continue past 5k!Play
(32 mins )
This is a brilliant 9 week running plan and guide designed to get complete beginners from couch potato to running 5k (or 30 minutes) in nine weeks. This program is achievable for all, starting with a mix of running and walking and building up slowly. It’s virtually free as all you need is a decent pair of trainers and headphones. It’s then dead easy as a motivating ‘personal trainer’ tells you exactly when to stop and start. The plan sets three runs per week with a day of rest between each run.
Play Week 1 right here. You will see the next episodes in the series in the drop down menu of the play window.
So don’t put it off any longer, put your trainers on and press play.Play
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Losing weight can feel extremely daunting as a task, and as such keeps even the most strong-willed people from getting started. While it may feel too intimidating to walk into a gym without a plan or self-confidence, it’s never too early to simply start moving. Coach Holly from The Run Experience breaks down her best tips for getting started safely and making it stick.Watch
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If you’ve completed the Couch to 5K program and crossed the finish line of your first race (or completed the distance if you chose not to race) you might be thinking what comes next? The Running Channel has some tips to help you take the next steps in your running journey.Watch
11 tips on how to start running even if you’re 40 or over so that you enjoy running and keep it up. Hopefully this article will give you all the encouragement you need to slip on a pair of running shoes and head out the door!Read Article
Staying active as you get older is critical to staying happy and healthy. Walking is one of the most popular ways for older adults to remain active, being a safe, low-impact activity. However, swapping your walk for a jog can have major benefits.Read Article
Couch to 5K App NHS
If you’d rather download the App than use the podcasts above then here’s the link.Read More
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