Staff encouraged to get active as ‘Couch to 5k’ sessions to take place at RJAH

Release Date: 01/09/2017

Staff encouraged to get active as ‘Couch to 5k’ sessions to take place at RJAH

Staff at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) are being offered a chance to swap their wards or offices for the outdoors as a fitness challenge is being launched at the hospital.

Weekly ‘Couch to 5k’ sessions will be held for RJAH staff in a bid to encourage them to improve their fitness and get active.

Staff’s friends and relatives are also welcome to attend the sessions.

It is hoped that the nine-week exercise programme will culminate in those who attend the sessions feeling ready to take part in a 5k park run.

The 5k course will follow a route starting on the hospital field.

During the first week, those who take part will begin with a five-minute warm-up walk before alternating between 60 seconds of walking, with 90 seconds of running, for a total of 20 minutes.

Each week the aim is for the running times to increase.

The programme is backed by NHS Choices.

Ellen Harrison, Cancer Patient Pathway Co-ordinator who works in the Montgomery Unit at RJAH, will be leading the sessions.

She said: “The ‘Couch to 5k’ programme is really just about getting people moving and active.

“One of the great things about it is that it’s aimed at complete beginners, which is less daunting and I think encourages more people to get involved, without fear of being one of the slower runners.

“Working for the NHS you do think about and try to promote wellbeing and leading a healthy lifestyle, and this is one way of staff getting involved for themselves.

“Ideally runners will need to run at least two to three times a week to keep up but at least the sessions here will help.”

The announcement of RJAH holding the weekly sessions come as plans for Oswestry to hold its own Park Run are in early stage discussions.

The first session at RJAH will take place on Thursday 21 September.

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