Can you imagine in just 9 weeks you could be running your first 5K run, it really is possible with the Couch to 5K Training Plan

If you want the most effective 5K training plan that will get you started on a running program, then welcome to the Couch Potato to 5K Training Plan.

Absolutely anyone can go from sitting on the couch to running a 5k race in just 9 weeks.

Take it from me, there are many people who get off to a great start but simply fail to follow it through.

With the Couch Potato To 5k Training you simply take one day at a time.

Taking your time to gradually ease into the 5K training program is the most effective way to get started and stay on track.

Anyone can follow this plan

The couch potato to 5k training plan starts you off slowly by alternating you’re walking and running over short distances.

What you find is that over the course of the 9 week training program you will gradually build up your level of fitness and so that by the end of the 9 week training plan you are able to run for a full 30 minutes.

A wise piece of advice is not to get impatient, stay the course and avoid the temptation to skip ahead in the program, if you feel the urge, hold yourself back.

Don’t try to do more, even if you feel you can. If, on the other hand, you find the program too strenuous, just stretch it out.

Don’t feel pressured to continue faster than you’re able. Repeat weeks if needed and move ahead only when you feel you’re ready.

It’s true, it really does only take just a few minutes each week

Each session should take about 20 or 30 minutes, three times a week.

In fact that just happens to be almost the same amount of effort for exercise that is recommended by a number of studies for optimum fitness.

This program will get you fit. (Runners who do more than this amount are doing it for more than fitness, and before long you might find yourself doing the same as well).

Be sure to space out these three days throughout the week to give yourself a chance to rest and recover between efforts. And don’t worry about how fast you’re going.

Avoid the temptation to go running too fast, it is better that you wait until your bones are stronger and your body is fitter. Just concentrate on gradually increasing the time or distance of your run.

Run for time, or run for distance

There are two ways to follow this program, to measure your runs by time or by distance.

It won’t make any difference, they both work just as well, so you simply choose the option that seems easiest for you to follow.

If you go with the distance option, and you are not using a track to measure the distances, just estimate. It’s not important to have the distances absolutely exact.

One last tip, before you set out on your training, make sure to precede each session with a five minute warm-up walk or jog.

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