Structured exercise improves potential for weight loss

Posted by: smilie on 07/26/2006 - 03:40 PM

Every day, I hear a girl say something about how she wishes she were in better shape. I will be the first to say that I have also uttered those exact words without even the slightest intention of doing anything about it. But now, I'm going to.

I still work out during the school year as a part of the club volleyball team, but during the summer or various breaks from class, I find that the most exercise in my days consists of walking from my bedroom to the kitchen to retrieve the rest of the ice cream I didn't finish the night before.

Earlier this week, I was talking to my cousin. We constantly talk about how we wish we were the kind of people who could just get out there and run a few miles because we have nothing better to do. Then she told me about the Couch-to-5k Running Plan that she found on

This program, as is evident in the title, is designed to get a person who never works out to run a 5k, or three miles, on a regular basis, in a little more than two months. The plan incorporates walking and jogging, and over the course of the program, a participant is supposed to increase the amount of jogging he or she is doing and decrease the amount of walking.

I know what you're thinking. Every workout plan is close to this, and none of them have worked so far. But if you have the mentality to get in shape, this one is doable, even for someone as out of shape and time restricted as I am. Over the course of the week, I would only be running a grand total of 60 minutes.

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