No I’m no selling you an app or to enroll into a programme, I’m sharing with you the possibility of a healthier lifestyle.
It’s like a hidden gem, I found about C25k when I asked my friend his diet tips (see, if you ask, you’ll learn something). C25k is not an app or system (though it sounds technical), it’s a programme that you can follow to lose weight or attain a healthier lifestyle. C25K is short for Couch To 5 Kilometers, for fatties like me who spends all day playing computer games or a successful tv series marathon consumer.
The app that I’m using is called RunDouble.
There are a total of 9 weeks for C25K programme. The first week it asks you to run for 1 minute. I could barely make it 1 minute in the first week. As the weeks progress, I was able to time a quicker run.
Unfortunately after 2 weeks of absence, due to fever and haze, I timed a very slow run. In the forth week, it forced me to run 400m, walk 200m, run 800m, walk 400m and repeat this again. I could feel my legs starts cramping up. Skipping a few weeks is not ideal, but if you can’t give 100%, don’t jog.
This chart plots the runs and walk. Basically anything above 10 mins per km is bad. It’s slower than walking. Slap yourself, go home, you’re drunk.
Some pointers to start:
- Use proper shoes, not futsal shoes. You might break your ankle or hurt your knees if you use the wrong shoes. I use Puma Faas. It’s not the best bet, but light enough for tiny steps like mine.
- Avoid terrain path. As a beginner I avoid going uphill or downhill. Also includes climbing on and off the sidewalk. This slows your pace. Remember, you are weak! Don’t be doing a Rocky 3.
- Jog when there is light. Avoid jogging at night. Motorist are dumbass when night falls.
- Watch for stupid drivers. Pay attention to the road, some cars tolerate runners, others don’t. A general rule, just watch out.
- Do it because it’s fun, not because you have to. If you can’t make a minute run, stop and walk. God will not send you to hell for cutting corners.
- Respect other joggers/ runners. Don’t check out other people’s perky ass and smile when you cross paths.
When you come across a posting on running activity in Facebook, remember to encourage. A hero acknowledges another hero. Happy burning fat!
ps: I lost 2 kg so far. It’s all downhill from here!