I haven’t been running for quite awhile now partly due to unnecessary distractions and I have also been spending more time on my bike. So, this morning I decided to try out a new app designed for couch potatoes. It’s called C25K or “Couch to 5k”. The app is suppose to guide you from zero running and exercise to 5 km race ready in 8 weeks. All you have to do is follow the instructions and dedicate 3 days a week of 30 to 45 minutes if running. The app is voice activated and will guide you through the entire program. This is really excellent for those of you who need your music plugged in from your phone’s playlist.
It gave me a decent 35 minutes workout, including warm-up and cool down.The voice guide meant that I didn’t need to look at the screen. I think that the average couch potato can easily follow this program, lose a few pound, tighten the waistline and as a plus, you would be race ready for a 5 km run. The programs starts off with a 5 minutes brisk walk as your warm-up, although I would personally recommend some 5 to 10 minutes of stretching for the professional couch potato. The app then proceeds to guide you through 8-cycles of 60 seconds of running and 90 seconds of walking. Do this at your pace and not your 16-years old “blast from the past” alter-ego. The program ends with another 5 minutes brisk walking. Do this on alternate days. The workout intensity gradually increases over each week, however if you still find it hard to get over the first week’s workout, you can always repeat it the following week.
It’s only 3 times in the week, so I personally believe that most of you will be able to get onto this program easily and benefit from it. The app is available for both iPhone and Androids. Try it out now.