Sack the sofa in the race to get fit for life

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SEFTON Coun­cil is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to put down the mince pies and start pound­ing the pave­ment with the launch of its brand new ‘Couch to 5K’ com­mu­nity pro­gramme.

The free ses­sions are per­fect train­ing for those look­ing to pre­pare for a sum­mer run­ning event and will help at­ten­dees slowly build up to run­ning 5K at their own pace.

Classes are drop in, drop out, but it is rec­om­mended that run­ners take part in as many as pos­si­ble.

Run­ning has many health ben­e­fits, in­clud­ing im­proved heart and lungs; and, when com­bined with a healthy diet, can re­sult in weight loss. A more ac­tive life style is also known to im­prove men­tal health and can act as a great stress re­liever.

Tak­ing place ev­ery Mon­day and Wed­nes­day, from 6pm-7pm, at Lither­land Sports Park, the classes will run for 10 weeks from Jan­uary 9.

Couch to 5k is open to any­body aged 16+, chil­dren are also wel­come but must be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 0151 934 2340, email ac­tive.sports@sefton.gov. uk. Al­ter­na­tively, visit Ac­tive Sefton on Face­book or fol­low @ac­tivesefton on Twit­ter.

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