The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Couch to 5K

Couch to 5k

Couch to 5k is a free running plan for absolute beginners; the plan is for 9 weeks with 3 runs a week. Each week the plan allows you to gradually build up your fitness level with each run becoming progressively harder than the last weeks run.

Probably the biggest challenge a new runner faces is not knowing how or where to start.

Often when trying to get into exercise, we can overdo it, feel defeated and give up when we're just getting started.

Couch to 5K works because it starts with a mix of running and walking to gradually build up your fitness and stamina.

Week 1 involves running for just a minute at a time, creating realistic expectations and making the challenge feel achievable right from the start.

Couch to 5K is for everyone. Whether you've never run before or if you just want to get more active and is a free and easy way of getting fitter and healthier.

If you have any health concerns about beginning an exercise regime like Couch to 5K, make an appointment to see your GP and discuss it with them first.

To get started visit: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/get-running-with-couch-to-5k/

Couch to 5K