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Fitness planner: Beginners' guide to running 10K in eight weeks - Part 1

A fitness plan drawn up by trained coaches, to help you go from the couch to 10K in just eight weeks. For intermediate runners who want to up their game, scroll down to the second plan by Gagan Arora.

June 29, 2021 / 02:50 PM IST

With most outdoor activities - sports, travel and socializing - suspended, and the world waking up to the work from home life since last March, fitness has been our one legit reason to step out of our homes.

According to a multi-university study published as a part of the research topic “Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Psychological and Behavioral Consequences of Confinement on Physical Activity, Sedentarism, and Rehabilitation,” about two-thirds of those who never or rarely exercised before a lockdown might adopt an exercise behaviour or increase their exercise frequency under similar lockdown conditions. Many, the study found, took to exercise to fill their idle time.

If you have been wanting to take up running during this time, then now is a good time to take advantage of the cooler weather that the monsoons promise to bring, and set yourself a target of completing your first 10km run.

It may sound daunting. After all, we are used to taking a cab or car to travel from Vasant Vihar to the Delhi airport, Andheri to Bandra in Mumbai, Velacherry to Anna Nagar in Chennai or Indiranagar to Brookefield in Bengaluru — all roughly 10km apart.