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Published on January 29, 2015

The Lure of the Couch

The Lure of the Couch

We’re almost a month into the new year, and this seems to be the time when many people’s fitness resolutions start to wane a bit. The lure of the couch can be strong! So, I wanted to take this opportunity to hopefully provide some encouragement and motivation to stick it out just a little bit longer.

Last year, I wrote a blog post about my experience starting a running program. (It was called Couch Potato to 5K and if you missed it, you can read it here.) Running was the last thing I ever thought I would learn to enjoy. Most of my life I’ve been overweight, I never stuck to an exercise program and I went from diet to diet. I cannot overstate this: I was not a runner!

But I learned about the Couch Potato to 5K program online and got moving. Slowly.

S  l  o  w  l  y .

Starting off slow is what kept me going. So often we hear talk about no pain, no gain and push yourself to the limit. That may be great advice for people who are already fit and trying to improve a personal record, but for those of us who are couch potatoes, take your time. Consistency is more important than fast laps.

If you’re thinking of quitting whatever exercise program you started on January 1, take some time to think about it. If you’re feeling miserable every time you go to the gym or hit the street, then scale back. You don’t need to set any records.

If you don’t seem to have enough energy, take a look at what you’re eating. When you start exercising regularly, a strange thing happens with your diet: you start looking at food as fuel, and you want what gives you the most energy. 

Since I started the program last year, I have become a regular runner. I’ve lost more than 50 pounds. I now jog 15 to 20 miles per week, and last year I even ran a half marathon. And I’m lazy! Unless you suffer from a medical condition that prohibits your mobility, if I can do it, then you can too!

Eric Harper is the manager of Marketing Communications at PIH Health.

Before you begin any exercise program, be sure to check with your doctor. For more information about any of the Couch Potato to 5K programs, a Google search will steer you in the right direction. The iPhone app I used to manage the clock is called C25K from Zen Labs, but there are several options.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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