Saturday, August 13, 2011

From Couch to 5KM in 9 Weeks

Ok, this is not about technology... but it's about something even more important: your health.

It's no secret most of spend most of our days sitting in front of a computer... and when we get home we go sit still more in front of another computer or TV screen. And, the truth is... we weren't designed to be sitting and still for so long. Sitting for more than a couple of hours is enough to dramatically raise your chances of health problems in the long run. (So, even if you take just a quick walk to drink some water every 60 minutes... do it!)

But, I dare you to do even more: I dare you to go out and run! In fact, let's make that 5km in under 30 minutes! (that's about 3.10 miles)

No matter what shape you're in, and if the last time you ran was a decade ago in high school, here's a very simple program that allows you to do that: the couch to 5Km program.

Truth be told, I don't really like running. I'm more of a fast walking kind of guy. But thanks to some "annoying" friends that were constantly teasing me to run with them, I finally joined them.

My first results were definitely not impressive, they had to run loops so they didn't leave me behind. But, slowly, week after week, I have to admit I highly enjoyed watching my results improve, to the point I was actually beating my goal of running the 5K in under 30 minutes. (And for that, nothing like using an App like RunKeeper to keep track of it all :)

And what I can tell you is: it isn't easy; but it sure gets kind of addictive!
(Not to mention all the good health related things that come with it. :)

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