By Hilary Stringer, life coach & wellness centre owner
Do you watch friends and family doing couch to 5k and think ‘nope, not me, never’. Yep. That’s me too.
I have huge admiration for their determination, effort and tenacity and I will always be there on the finish line to cheer them on. But me? I’d fall over if I tried more than a gentle trot.
Rather than beat myself up about it, I look at what I can do. And make the most of the movement I can manage.
Moving For Health
The UK National Health Service guidelines are for us to “do strengthening activities that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms) on at least 2 days a week” and “do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity a week or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity a week”.
Really? You Want Me To Do What?
They helpfully list the kinds of things that they recommend for us to do, but some of them (lifting heavy weights, circuit training, sprinting up hills) look pretty daunting if you really are on that couch and aren’t in the kind of shape to have a go.
Help Is At Hand
In this mini-series, I’ll take a look at the activities you might consider to dip a toe in the water (figuratively and literally). Because that’s the secret – just keep moving and it all soon adds up.