So you’ve had it. You’re tired of sitting on your duff, on the couch, and in front of the television day after day. The infomercials that promised you 18-pack abs and 87″ biceps aren’t doing it for you anymore. All you want to do is be healthy and get active.
Awesome! That’s a great start. And a great segue to the Couch-to-5K (C25K) program.
C25K is a running program that’s been designed to help just about anyone transition from livin’ large on the couch to running 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) or 30 minutes in just 9 weeks.
Created by Josh Clark back in 1996, C25K has taken off. And for good reason. The program is simple, straightforward, and it works if you stick to it (which is on par with just about any workout program).
How’s it work?
Lace up your shoes and head out the door for about 20 or 30 minutes, three times a week. The program stresses the importance of easing yourself into running to avoid injury. Don’t worry, as you progress and your body gets stronger, you’ll be able to increase your speed, time, and distance. If you stick to the program you’ll be crossing the finish line of your first 5K, or #Anywhere5K, after nine weeks!
Where to start?
Start by doing some research. Visit Cool Running and download the training program. Check out C25K on Facebook and Twitter or download their apps to your mobile device (iTunes | Google Play). Check out r/C25K on Reddit. Visit the unofficial fan page at c25k.com. When you’re done, put on your shoes, head out the door, and start moving—3 days a week, 30 minutes a day, for 9 weeks.
Go run your own race