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WHY RUNNING FOR 15 MINUTES IS A BIG DEAL!

IF RUNNING 5K SEEMS LIKE A DAUNTING PROSPECT, DON’T FEEL DISHEARTENED, SAYS CLAIRE CHAMBERLAIN. EVEN 15 MINUTES OF SLOW JOGGING PACKS A BIG PUNCH IN THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT

BEGINNERS

With so many stories of people running ever-longer distances and taking on epic adventure races these days, it can be easy to feel a bit demoralised if you’re not quite there yet. And while running your first 5K is a fantastic goal to aim for, even that distance can seem somewhat intimidating if you’re just starting out. But don’t fret (and importantly, don’t give up!). You’ll still be reaping some major benefits from running, jogging or even run/walking much shorter distances. As the saying goes, every little helps!

With that in mind, we’ve complied a list of 10 reasons why running for just 15 minutes is great for your mind, body and soul. If you’re in need of a little motivation to stick with it, read on…

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It’s a strange thing, our relationship with food. We tuck into our favourite snacks and meals to reward ourselves, cheer ourselves up and celebrate special occasions. Mealtimes can be something to look forward to after a tough day or training session, an opportunity to share quality time with loved ones. For me, food is associated with homeliness and family, but also with health and wellbeing. Fuelling my body nutritiously gives me enormous satisfaction – it gives me a feeling of control, knowing I’m supporting my health and my running. But because of such emotional associations, our relationship with food can become very complex. And, in some cases, even detrimental to health. Over the coming pages, we look at a number of topics surrounding nutrition. From the highly emotive issue of eating disorders (page 30), to the growing trend of going meat-free (page 62), we give you the facts to help you make sense of how your diet impacts your training and heath – mental and physical. If you are moving to a vegetarian or vegan diet, you’ll find heaps of expert advice on everything from getting the right protein intake to vitamin and mineral deficiencies – and even a seven-day, meat-free meal planner (page 69). Of course, there’s lots of non-food content, too, including one feature guaranteed to get you out the door, even for just 15 minutes (page 44).