Welcome to RUN – a FREE, 8-week, do-it-yourself running program designed especially for young adults who smoke or who recently quit. It suggests 3 runs per week, starting with shorter (20min) runs, and slowly building up to longer (40min) runs. It includes weekly motivational emails and lots of info about how to stick with the program. You can use this program in three ways:
- Just to get healthier
Running is a great way to improve your cardiovascular fitness, achieve and maintain a healthy weight, and keep endorphins (feel-good hormones) firing through your body. Just because you smoke is no reason to avoid running.
- To help you quit smoking if you want to
Research shows that running at your own pace reduces the frequency and intensity of nicotine cravings and withdrawal symptoms. This means it's easier to quit smoking as a runner than a couch potato. (Good to know).
- To help you stay quit
Running also improves recent quitters' ability to outlast cravings and stay the course. Running is as effective as the patch or gum at helping recent quitters resist smoking – and running is FREE!
The miracle is that I had the courage to start."
— John Bingham