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Couch to 5k (part 2)

Download NHS Couch to 5K

The podcasts feature a narrator, Laura, who guides you through the session, explaining when you need to run and when it's time to walk.

The podcasts also feature music to motivate you through the workout. They're designed to take you on 3 runs each week, leaving at least 1 day of rest in between each run.

There's 1 podcast for every week of the plan – except in weeks 5 and 6, which feature 3 podcasts in each.

This is because weeks 5 and 6 act as transitional weeks, which aim to progress you from a mix of running and walking into running for longer blocks of time.

How do I get started?

1. Download the Couch to 5K podcasts to your mobile device or computer. If downloading to a computer, you'll then need to copy the podcast on to your mobile device.

2. When will you run? The best way to ensure you stick with your running plan is to carefully work out how to fit Couch to 5K into your day.

3. Plan your route. You may want to look at a map to plan your route first so you can focus on running. There are lots of great websites out there to help you with this.

4. Think about safety. If you're planning to run outdoors, bear in mind that you may be less aware of your surroundings if you're wearing headphones. Watch out for other pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles. When running in the dark, make sure you can see where you're going and that other road users can see you. Consider running along routes with adequate lighting or wearing reflective clothing.

5. What gear? The most essential piece of kit is a pair of running trainers.

One You Couch to 5K app

The One You Couch to 5K app gives you a choice of coaches and helps you track your progress.

As well as Laura who features on the NHS Couch to 5K podcasts, you can also be coached by celebrities Jo Whiley, Sarah Millican, Sanjeev Kohli or Michael Johnson.

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