The NHS Couch to 5K app has seen a 92% increase from the same period last year
Lockdown in the UK has presented its fair share of challenges, but the undeniable silver lining for us is the amount of people lacing up their trainers for the very first time and giving running a go.
The last three months have seen a surge in downloads of the NHS Couch to 5K app, a downloadable training plan for beginner or returning runners with the aim of running a 5K comfortably.
Between the beginning of March and the end of June this year, more than 858,000 people dowloaded the app, a 92% increase on the same period in 2019.
For many people, lockdown has provided the opportunity for a better work/life balance, allowing more time for exercise and other hobbies. For others, running has become the easiest way to maintain strength and fitness with gyms, swimming pools and classes remaining closed due to the pandemic.
Dr Nikki Kanani, national director for primary care at the NHS, said:
“Lockdown has been a difficult time for so many of us and with millions of people working in new ways and not doing the activities they usually would, we know that it can be much harder to get motivated to get up and go.
“It is incredible to see that practical tools like Couch to 5k have become even more popular over the last three months. It won’t be the right solution for everyone, but it’s a simple way to begin and small steps can make a massive difference to your health and your lifestyle.”
We really hope that this new surge in numbers in the running community can be maintained as lockdown eases.
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