Do I need to warm up and cool down?
Yes – warming up and cooling down are important to get your body ready to exercise and to help you recover properly. Before each run, spend at least 3 minutes warming up and at the end of each run spend at least 3 minutes cooling down. If you do not feel warm at the end of 3 minutes, repeat the warm up until you do. In the first few weeks of Desk to 5k your warm up can be a brisk walk. Once you have been running for a few weeks you can replace this with a gentle run. Do the same for a cool down to bring your heart rate down gently and help your body begin recovering. As your warm up might vary depending on how you are feeling the timings in Desk to 5k do not include warm up or cool down time, but both should be factored in to all your runs.

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1. How far is 5k?
2. Can anyone do the Desk to 5k program?
3. What does Desk to 5k involve?
4. Do I need to warm up and cool down?
5. What can I do on non-running days?
6. What should I wear?
7. How do I know if I am running correctly?
8. Where should I run?
9. What if I miss a session?
10. What if I get injured or if I am ill?
11. Should I eat or drink before a run or strength workout?
12. Can I do other types of exercise on rest days?
13. How do I share my success story?