Running is a simple and effective physical activity that almost all of us can get started on straightaway, says personal fitness trainer Lucy Wyndham-Read.
The health benefits of running include improved cardiovascular fitness, lower blood pressure, a decrease in body fat, improvement in lung capacity and increased flexibility. And, of course, it's free!
Undertaking physical activities such as running has been shown to bring immediate rewards in terms of weight loss and a more youthful heart.
A study of middle-aged, overweight men and women revealed that, regardless of whether they lost weight by exercising more or eating less, all of the participants' hearts responded to the weight loss by gaining the ability to relax more quickly, recovering some of the elasticity characteristic of younger heart tissue.
So whether your goal is to lose weight or simply improve your all-round fitness, give our running programme a try: you can fit it into even the busiest of lifestyles and, if you stick at it, you may see the results sooner than you think!