Couch to 5K is a running plan for absolute beginners. Probably the biggest challenge a new runner faces is not knowing how or where to start.
Often when trying to get into exercise, we can overdo it, feel defeated and give up when we’re just getting started. Couch to 5K starts with a mix of running and walking to gradually build up your fitness and stamina.
There are plenty of benefits from getting into running. For starters, it’s an easy way of improving your physical health. Running requires little equipment, but a good pair of running shoes that suit your foot type may help improve comfort. Running regularly will improve the health of your heart and lungs. It can also help you lose weight, especially if combined with a healthy diet.There’s evidence it may help increase bone density in some people, which can help protect against bone diseases like osteoporosis.
There are also mental health benefits of running. Taking on the challenge of Couch to 5K can help boost your confidence and self-belief, as you prove to yourself that you can set yourself a target and achieve a goal.
Running regularly can also be a great stress reliever and has even been shown to combat depression.
So if you want to get involved, we leave from Caledonia each Thursday at 11am.