Running, jogging, or walking are some of the easiest and cheapest ways to become more active.
You don’t have to race, you can jog or combine walking and jogging to get started. Couch to 5k has been produced by the NHS and is a useful beginners guide to building up the length of time and distance you can run in a sensible and gradual process there’s a website link to it at the bottom of this page.
The mental and physical benefits of running are well documented and there are lots of running clubs if you enjoy the social element too. And, best of all, it can be completely free all you need is a pair of good quality trainers and a suitable route.
Park Run arranges weekly events throughout the UK which are open to all – for wheelchair users its worth checking the accessibility of each course before arriving to ensure it is suited to your needs.
Visually impaired runners can be accompanied by a guide. The beauty of Park Run is it’s a run and not a race, so no matter how fast you complete the course you will never be last as there is always a tail walker to keep you company and volunteers to encourage you on your way round.
Please see the Parasport Athletics page if you are interested in competing in track and field sports including Wheelchair Racing.
Things you might need to get started
- It’s always worth investing in a good quality pair of trainers.
- Water to keep you hydrated
- Comfortable Clothing suited to the weather conditions
Find our more
Park Run: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/