When you first start running it's easy to feel like you’ve bitten off more than you can chew. We’re here to tell you why running couch to 5K is a big deal and not to give up!
Only 1 in 3 adults exercise
63.3 per cent of UK adults aren't getting enough exercise so deciding to get moving definitely deserves to be applauded!
Regardless of your fitness, you can and you will run 5K
Walking/running for 30 minutes or more is a huge achievement. Not only does it have tonnes of hot body benefits it's also really good for you.
You’ve made a serious lifestyle change
Using couch to 5K to get fit and active is a brave thing to do and chances are, you weren't doing it before, which means you're making an active change to your lifestyle. So whatever your reason for doing it you've taken a step in the right direction.
You’re burning calories
Whether you're walking the whole way or running your 5K, you're burning some serious calories. The average person burns around 100 calories a mile. That's a tasty 300 calories a run!
You’re giving your mental health a boost
Running releases endorphins, those wonderful feel good chemicals in your brain, giving you a quick boost for the day, and regular running is known to help alleviate stress, leaving you feeling happy and healthier.
Regardless of how long it takes, you’re still moving
Runners, especially beginner runners, can often get weighed down with the idea they're not fast enough, or not good enough, but you're out in the fresh air doing your body good, give yourself a break.
You’re doing something for you
Whether you're making new running friends, enjoying some time on your own, or running to lose weight, you're taking the time to do something for you.
You're learning something from scratch
Learning a new skill is always a good thing, and the best bit about learning to run with couch to 5K is it's a great chance to get good running posture from the get-go and kick those bad habits before they form.
It takes guts to get out there and run
It can be intimidating to put your trainers on and hit the pavements, whatever time of day, whether it's fear of the heckling or the dark, so your bravery is something you should be proud of.
That’s 52.8 laps of a football pitch
However you do it, that's a long way! It's also the equivalent of running around Wembley Stadium five times or up and down Blackpool Tower over 15 times!
So what are you waiting for? Start Couch to 5K today!