Have you become a bit lax in your physical activity? Or, are you having trouble getting back on track? Or, maybe you haven’t started yet? No worries, one way to reboot and kick start your fitness routine is by training for a 5K. A 5K is 3.1 mile race; you can choose to walk, run or do a combination of both walking and running.
Training for a 5k may help you lose weight, especially when combined with healthy eating. Depending on your fitness level, a 5K may seem daunting or even impossible. You may not know where or how to begin. But as with many things in this modern age, there likely is an app to help you along the way. The popular “Couch To 5K” is one of many apps that helps beginners run/walk in their first 5K. The exercises are designed to help you increase your endurance, stamina and strength. Most programs will recommend three to six days of aerobic activity. After six to eight weeks you may be race ready.
Here are a few things to remember when training for a 5K:
- Train at your own pace. Remember “Slow and steady wins the race.”
- Stay focused and believe that you can do it. Be consistent.
- Be committed for the long haul. Training for a 5K is a great way to develop good habits.
- Have fun. Plug in to great music to keep you motivated and energized.
- Pick a cause. Many 5K races are for charity. Find a charity that you believe in and are passionate about.
- You may not be the first to cross the finish line. Don’t be disappointed because the only person you are competing against is you. You’ve already beat the old you.
It’s Move It Monday, make the decision today to challenge yourself and run/walk a 5K!