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Monday, 28 September 2015

Change for life

Amy Fraser





Over the summer I made an usual commitment. It's one of the reasons why I was so busy and neglected my blog! A friend of mine has been trying to get more active and wanted a comrade.

Now if you know me, you know that I am not into exercise. I am a cake eating armchair lounger. I am however very competitive and I can never turn down a challenge.

So when this friend challenged me to join her in undertaking the Change for life couch to 5k I had to accept. I did not want to do it, but my pride wouldn't let me quit! I was dreading the first run. I was sure I was going to fall flat on my face!

But I downloaded the app, got my exercise gear ready and set the alarm for 6am (why?!)

The first week was hard even though it was only 8 minutes of running. It felt so good to achieve it! It's so different to any exercise I have ever tried before because there are a group of us doing it together and its been paced so that it builds you up gradually. As much as I hate exercise, I knew that I really needed to get active and start looking after my health. I didn't enjoy the first week but it did give me the motivation to keep going!




If you are thinking of getting more active I would recommend the Change for life couch to 5K challenge. Its designed so that everyone can achieve it and its limited to 3 chunks of 30 minutes a week. An hour and a half every week to help get yourself healthy is a small price to pay and the feeling of accomplishment when you complete the first week is a great boost.

If you want to learn more about the challenge check out the details here
http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/c25k/Pages/couch-to-5k.aspx

And you can get the app here:
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/change4life-couch-to-5k/id719014031?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.phe.c25k&hl=en_GB

And just in case the motivation disappears I hope to keep you updated with my progress. Let me know how you are getting on if you take on the challenge! 

Amy x


Amy Fraser

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