I know A LOT of women who tried to start running but gave up after only a few times on the trail. Why? Because running is hard! And if you start off too hard or too fast, your lungs, knees, ankles—heck, your entire body!—feel absolutely miserable.
I've been hearing great things about the Couch to 5K Running Plan, which is a beginners running program designed to help so-called "couch potatoes" run three miles (5K) on a regular basis in only two months.
How does it work?
All you have to do is commit to walking/jogging for 20-30 minutes, three times a week. The workouts start off slow—for example, alternating 60 seconds of jogging with 90 seconds of walking for 20 minutes. Over two months it gradually builds to jogging for a full three miles. For the full schedule, check out the Couch to 5K Training Plan.
Running is a great way to lose weight and get in shape. However, it can be very hard on the body. Couch to 5K is a great way to get started because the gradual progress helps beginning runners not only build strength and fitness but also prevent injury.
Have you been wanting to try running? Do you think this program would work for you?