Couch to 5K ProgramRochester, NH – With the summer months fast approaching, many of us are looking for an opportunity to achieve a healthier lifestyle.  In the past you may have tried working out at the gym, attending group fitness classes or participating in recreational sports.  While these are all great avenues for physical activity, finding time for a consistent exercise routine can be a challenge.

Running is one of the most easily accessible fitness activities available for anyone looking to improve their health.  Running requires minimal equipment (sneakers and maybe a heart rate monitor); it can be done at anytime or anywhere and running can benefit almost every part of your body.  In addition to the more obvious physical benefits, running can also boost your immune system, increase your levels of good cholesterol and can help prevent disease.  Running has also been shown to relieve stress and anxiety and boost self-confidence.

If you have never run before, or if it has been a while, you might be intimidated about where to start.  With warmer weather and longer days ahead, this is a great time of year to begin an outdoor running program.  Over the next few months, Access Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics is working with Lilac City Pediatrics and Z107 FM to offer a free Couch to 5K program.  The 10-week program will include a comprehensive running training plan, fitness and nutrition tips, videos and more, all leading up to the Howie’s Field of Dreams 5K in Rochester, NH.

Run and train alongside Z107 afternoon host “Jadd” as he participates in the program and prepares for the 5K in July.  Learn to run, improve your overall health and support a great cause by participating in the free Couch to 5K program and registering to run in the Howie’s Field of Dreams 5K on July 20th.  For more information or to sign up for the Couch to 5K program today, visit

Couch to 5K 10-Week Plan