Running, like walking, is a great way to get active and help you improve both your physical and mental wellbeing. It can help you reduce your risk of developing long-term illnesses and is also a good way to get out and explore your local community.
Below is information below on getting started, local groups and couch to 5K.
Couch to 5K
Couch to 5k provides a free weekly programme to help you gradually build up to running 5k in 9 weeks. It's designed for complete beginners and comes in either the form of a podcast or as an app you can download. Both have a coach who will take you from walking to running regularly, over 3 sessions each week. Using the app you can even play your music, pick from range of coaches and track your progress over the weeks. For more information visit the NHS website or to download the app visit your app store.
Beginners Groups and Local Running Clubs
Due to the current national lockdown beginners groups are currently on hold. If you would like to be contacted once they return please email Active.firstname.lastname@example.org and we will let you know.
There a number of running groups across Oadby, Wigston and South Wigston offering sessions designed for complete beginners, which are led by qualified and insured Run Leaders.
It doesn't matter if you want loose weight, explore your local area, complete your first Park Run or just meet new people, our running groups offer something for everyone.
Leading A Group
Are you interested in leading or supporting one of our groups? Please get in touch with us to discuss how to get started and the support available. You will need to hold the England Athletics Leadership in Running Fitness qualification. This course is currently being held virtually. For more information please visit the England Athletics website.
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If you are unsure about your ability, it might be wise to start gradually and build up. Also consider discussing any concerns with your GP or other medical professionals.
Make sure to warm up and cool down to prevent injury, alongside staying hydrated.
Stop the exercises immediately if you feel faint or unwell, and if you still feel dizzy or unwell have a rest. Next time try something less strenuous, building up your activity gradually.
Finally, please continue to follow the government's guidance on how to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.