Boost your fitness and confidence with Mayflower 400: Get Active campaign

Oct 15, 2020

Argyle Community Trust has launched its first Couch to 5K programme as part of the Mayflower 400: Get Active campaign.

For nine weeks, the plan is broken down to three days. For day one each week you will be supported by an Argyle Community Trust staff member at Central Park, while days two and three will be an individually-led session.

At the end of the nine-week programme, you will take part in a 5K run at Central Park in small groups and each be rewarded with a certificate on completion.

What is Couch to 5K?

Couch to 5K is a running plan for beginners or individuals wanting to get back into running.

Josh Clark developed the concept as he wanted to help his 50-year-old mum to get off the couch and start running.

The plan involves three runs a week with a different schedule for each of the nine weeks.

How does Couch to 5K work?

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 begins with a mix of running and walking to gradually build up your fitness and stamina.

For example, week one involves running for a minute at a time which creates realistic expectations, making it feel achievable right from the beginning.

Who is Couch to 5K for?

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

What are the benefits?


There are so many benefits from getting into running: it's an easy way of improving your physical health. It can also help you lose weight, especially if combined with a healthy diet.

Also, there is a host of mental benefits of running, for example taking on the challenge of Couch to 5K can help boost your confidence and self-belief, by working towards a target and achieving a goal.

Running regularly can also be a great stress-reliever and has even been shown to combat depression.

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.

  • Download the One You Couch to 5K app from Apple Store here.
  • Find out more on the M400 Sport website here.


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