Fitness-Couch To 5K Running Program Review

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Fitness-Couch To 5K Running Program Review

In the last so many posts, I have written so much about my hatred for exercise and later my undying love for fitness and weight loss. In my three years long journey along with power walks and Walk at home program, Couch to 5K was another plan that kept me hooked to exercising.

What is C25K?

Josh Clark, reasonably fit 20-year-old, founded the Couch-to-5K (C25K) Running Plan in 1996. Although he himself hated running yet he knew he would benefit if he could just get through the initial discomfort. Clark’s strategy in developing the C25K was to make it as painless and user-friendly as possible in order to engage the new runner immediately.

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Best of all, anyone can use the C25K plan anywhere. The plan’s manageable expectations offer early success, which serves as motivation to stick with it. C25K, is a running program that has been designed to get anyone leave the couch and graduate to running 5 kilometers or 30 minutes in just 9 weeks. Difficult to believe?? No it is true. I almost half completed this program once and intend to restart this week.

The secret of this program is a gentle introduction to getting the body moving, starting off alternating between walking and running small distances, and slowly building up stamina until after 8 weeks, you’re ready to run 5 kilometers or 30 minutes nonstop.

By following the program, after two months, most people can cover a 5K distance at an easy jog. From there, they can decide where they want to go. Some people just keep jogging at an easy pace at that three miles, three times per week – that is a reasonable fitness program. The program gives you a base of fitness that lets you decide where you want to go.

Patience is the key

Patience is so incredibly important for the followers of this program. When people discover that they can run and that they’re actually able to make progress, there’s a real temptation to jump ahead, to try to make that progress come faster. It’s important to resist that, to give your body a chance to get used to all this new activity. (Okay, I accept this is where I made a mistake while doing C25K, as a result could not complete it properly.)

Like any other fitness program, the Couch to 5K is just a guideline which should be adjusted to individual needs. If you feel like you’re not quite ready to take on the demands of the next week, it is fine to repeat a week or even to go back to the previous week. The important thing is just to get out there, move your body, and make incremental progress. In order to work, it has to be fun, and it has to be within your comfort zone.

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C25K Podcasts

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There are various podcasts available on internet for C25K but I like the Chubby Jones the best. The beat song selections are good. Here is the link 🙂 – http://chubbyjones.libsyn.com/

If you are planning to go for a heightened level of exercise then must give C25K a try. Believe me its fun and I am going to start it all over again and this time with patience.

Have you tried Couch To 5K Running Program ?

P.S – Read about WAH program here and how to lose weight by walking here.

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