A podcast programme to get you from couch potato to fighting fit
NorwichRunner wrote (see)
The way I see it there is a risk of injury with any physical activity. You can get injured just walking down a flight of stairs.
The trouble with running is that it can be quite hard on the body for beginers compared to some other lowwer impact sports, cycling or swimming for example.
I wasn't previously aware of this but it looks a good idea to me. The NHS are frequently regarded as 'preachy' when it comes to exercise but this actually adds some specific proactive advice and structure to that overall message. I've also no problem with the basic programme - it looks pretty much consistent with every other complete beginner programme I've ever seen - start with a slow run/walk and progressively build up.
What does look to be missing is advice on common beginners' injuries and their prevention - if we read the Beginners page on this forum it is clear that the overwhelming reason why people give up is injury and that the overwhelming cause of those injuries is trying to do too much, too fast and too soon (usually overstriding onto a pronounced heel strike). On here, there are a large number of knowledgable people who will offer help, advice and support to those struggling - I suggest the NHS needs to offer similar levels of quality in its advice if this initiative is to have the effect desired.
I wish it well.
Looks like a sensible enough plan to me... I'll probably send the link to some would-be runners of my acquaintance so they can consider it. Publicising it on here seems a bit of an odd choice to me mind... After all, most people on here already are runners, and linking us to an area that will extol the benefits of exercise seems a bit like a case of coals to Newcastle.
Or is it intended to get experienced runners offering advice...?
Starting a Couch to 5K program with our running club and used the NHS program. I think it works really well. We had over 20 doing it at one point in the first 9 week program although this did start in January so due to new years resolutions not working out, weather, hangovers from Six Nations weekends (as we do it on a Sunday morning) we had about 6 or 7 complete the program. Pleased to say that 5 of them ended up joining the club as full affiliated members and all gone on to do 10k runs and considering going up to HM distance by the autumn. They also brought along a couple of friends so we've had 7 new members as a result. It looks like we'll have a similar number finishing the second program with a few doing Race for Life last weekend, and others registered with parkrun and looking to go next weekend. Hoping a couple will be interested in going further and also becoming full members.
We were going to have a break from doing couch to 5K, but due to word of mouth about the sucess of the first two programs we now have another load wanting to join! This is all in a small South Wales valley and we've now got a dozen people running regularly, about 40-50 different people turn up to at least one session, and several new members for the running club. Well worth doing if a couple of club members can spare half hour a week.
My wife has been doing this and is now looking at a first optional 10ks. Parkrun is a huge help to maintaining the fitness once you have it!
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