NHS Couch to 5K: Free fitness app surpasses seven million downloads and launches new feature

Health / Thu 18th Apr 2024 at 07:48am

NHS Couch to 5K, the groundbreaking free fitness app from BBC Sport and the Department of Health and Social Care, has surpassed seven million downloads reports the BBC.

Launched in 2016, the app offers a progressive nine-week, three-times a week running programme.

It is designed to guide beginners through a gradual transition to becoming confident runners.

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2 Comments for NHS Couch to 5K: Free fitness app surpasses seven million downloads and launches new feature:

2024-04-18 09:16:42

My wife and I, now both in our 70s,started this around 5/6 years ago. I had to stop because of my knees (bought a rowing machine instead) but my wife is still running. Exercise and fitness seem to be a key element to health, mental and physical, as one gets older. I have long thought that the govt doesn't do enough to make it as much part of normal lives as eg watching tv, including in the work place. Had it done so the NHS may be under less pressure. Unfortunately we have an MP who encourages car use.

2024-04-18 10:39:03

Find your local Park Run and turn up one Saturday, ideally this Saturday! You don't have to run, you will never finish last, you don't need to buy any sports attire or foot wear if you start with a walk, just something you are comfortable in. You are guaranteed to meet new friends, so it ticks all the boxes; it's free, and is good for your physical and mental health. The good news is one in 6 GPs prescribe Park Run as an option before going down the path of prescribing anti-depressants. The bad news is it's only one in 6 GPs. When asked, one of the proudest achievements the Park Run founders declared is that the average finishing time is 10 minutes slower than when it all began. Think about that, Park Run/Walk is for EVERYONE.

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