Couch to 5K in Eight Weeks
Why consider a couch to 5K strategy?
Healthy lifestyle choices may help lower your risk of different types of cancer and other health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis. Although not all the behaviors listed below lower the risk of breast cancer, they are good for overall health. Being physically active, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, limiting alcohol and to a lesser degree, eating fruits and vegetables may help lower your risk of breast cancer. Other factors are good for your overall health and may help lower the risk of other types of cancer.
One large study found that women who followed the guidelines above had a lower risk of breast and other types of cancer including colorectal cancer.
Here’s a plan to get you from the couch to a 5K in eight (8) weeks!
The Physical Benefits of Being Active
The benefits of being active are astonishing. Running, in particular, is a sport that almost anyone can do, and is possibly the most advantageous to your health. Here are some statistics about the physical benefits of being active that might convince you to start running:
Running has been proven to help slow the aging process
Running reduces the risk of breast cancer
Running reduces muscle and bone loss caused by aging
Running promotes the human growth hormone
Running helps fight against disease
Running reduces the risk of stroke and heart attacks
Running strengthens the heart and lowers blood pressure
Running raises good cholesterol
Running boosts the immune system by creating a higher concentration of white blood cells
The Psychological Benefits of Being Active
Not only does being active help out your body; it also strengthens your mind. Here are some facts about how your mind benefits from being active.
Running builds confidence
Running releases stress
Running improves your mood
Running provides you with a sense of empowerment
Running makes you feel just plain good
As you can see, there are numerous benefits of being active.