Can you manage a mile?

Can you manage a mile?

In last week’s blog post co-founder Jamie told us how signs himself up to different sporting events as a way of keeping motivated to work out. Great idea, right?

So…with the Sport Relief Mile taking place in a month’s time, what better way to take a leaf out of Jamie’s book and get inspired to keep fit?

Run, swim or cycle – it’s your choice. With a range of distances to choose from, there is an event to suit you, whether seasoned pro or shy beginner. Run one mile or six. Cycle three miles... or a whopping 50. If you’re really keen.

The best thing about ‘The Mile’ though, is that it’s taking place all over the country. The flagship Mile is taking place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park but there are hundreds taking place throughout the UK.

Yes, there is one near you. Promise.

It’s also suitable for all the family so you can get the kids involved and have a fun day out.

OK, you’ve decided to sign up?

Great. Now get training!

The Sport Relief Mile website has its own training programs and there are plenty of other websites that will give you a training schedule to take you right up to race day.

In the meantime, here are some tips for starting a training program:

  • Set your own pace: don’t push yourself too hard and know your limits. If you’re just starting out, go slow
  • Keep boredom at bay: switch up your exercises and choose different activities
  • Focus on your goals: think about what’s motivating you. Make sure your program will build your fitness to the right level in time for the event
  • Keep a log: seeing your progress will encourage you to stick at it

Get involved, get signed up and hit the gym today!

 

Comments

Sasha B.
27 February 2014

Sasha B.

I agree with craig - what's wrong with just doing a mile? this IS simply about raising money for less fortunate people. If people want to do more to keep fit they can do it after. I think it's great for people who are often daunted by a 5k to have a more realistic challenge to work towards.

Tanith A.
27 February 2014

Tanith A.

I'm another one who is worried that walking a mile is seen as any sort of challenge. I think this really is much more about raising money than raising fitness levels in any meaningful way. Which is fine - but people shouldn't kid themselves that they're training for a sporting event just because they're going to walk a mile!

craig t.
26 February 2014

craig t.

I think the aim is to raise money, not raise the nation's fitness levels. If it was too challenging not so many people would take part (and yes that does say something about the health of many people).

Elliot M.
26 February 2014

Elliot M.

I'm with Trevor on this one. A mile really shouldn't be seen as a challenge. Surely everyone able-bodied should be achieving this?

Trevor D.
25 February 2014

Trevor D.

bit worrying that this is seen as such an effort. Anyone able-bodied between four and 74 should be able to walk a mile without even noticing, let alone breaking a sweat. Swimming a mile is much harder work, that is something to aim for.

Matthew C.
25 February 2014

Matthew C.

Don't forget there's plenty of us single people who do this sort of thing too. It doesn't just have to be families! It's definitely better with other people though - so I will try and get a friend to join me on this!

Mary C.
25 February 2014

Mary C.

Another vote for getting the family involved - fitness for a great cause and it's fun too!

Mike D.
25 February 2014

Mike D.

I didn't realise Sport Relief was coming up so quickly this year so this is very useful - thanks! I'm like Jamie - anything for extra motivation works well for me too!

Tanya M.
24 February 2014

Tanya M.

We'll be walking and jogging our mile as I'm hoping to get my eldest children involved - they're only 8 and 6 though.

Emma C.
24 February 2014

Emma C.

I am hoping to do a 1.5k swim with my son for Sport Relief. It's not a mile (I don't think?) but we're really looking forward to it. I think it's a great chance to show children how it's fun to get involved in fitness and help other people at the same time. I will show him these tips (even though he's only 8 he will understand!)

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