The NHS Choices ‘Couch to 5K’ Programme: a powerful and inexpensive tool to improve physical activity and overall health

By Dr. Sophie Bates Background The NHS Choices ‘Couch to 5K’ Programme, is a nine week scheme, consisting of three runs per week, which trains novice runners to run continuously for thirty minutes[1].  NHS Choices has promoted the scheme since 2010. The accompanying free podcast series, is currently the 8th most popular UK podcast on […]

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Practical website to help get folks moving

Couch to 5K motivated my mum to “get off the couch” and put on running shoes. For the first time, ever. Do you know of people who have been thinking about a more active lifestyle? Do they need a practical, no-brainer approach to ‘Just Do It’? Couch to 5K transforms absolute beginners into motivated runners […]

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The Barefoot Controversy: Running With Or Without Shoes

Evolutionist Dan Lieberman raised the question of barefoot running in the ACSM‘s Wolfe Memorial Lecture in 2009. Here the New York Times enters the debate by interviewing renowned biomechanist Benno Nigg (University of Calgary) and weaving in data from a recent BJSM paper on what happens as shoes wear out over time. […]

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