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IS 2015 going to be the year you get fit? If so, then using a "couch to 5k" method might be one of the things you may like to try.

Taking up running can seem daunting - particularly if you don't exercise or haven't done so in a while.

But if you do take it up - and do so regularly - you will reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke.

It may also boost your mood and keep your weight under control.

The couch to 5k method does what it says on the tin.

If you're a bit of a couch potato, it promises that within nine weeks it can help you run 5k or for around half an hour.

There are hundreds of apps, websites and programmes dedicated to challenge, so here we summarise information from the NHS on how to get involved.

What is the NHS Couch to 5K? | Couch to 5K is a running plan developed to help absolute beginners get into running.

The plan involves three runs per week, with a day of rest.

There is a different schedule for each of the nine weeks.

Couch to 5K podcasts. | An audio running plan designed for the nine weeks.

The Couch to 5K nine-week plan. | This is a week-by-week description of the nine-week set of Couch to 5K podcasts.

Couch to 5K: Tips for new runners. | Expert advice to get you started on the Couch to 5K running plan, including what to wear, warming up and nutrition.

Change4Life Couch to 5K app from |Google Play and the Apple App Store.

Running podcasts for C25K |graduates.

Take your running to the next level with the 5K+ podcast series for Couch to 5K graduates.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jan 3, 2015
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