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Tifton hospital gets you off the couch

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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Think you're too out of shape to run a 5-K? You can change that.

Folks eager to get off the couch and into running shape started a workout plan through Tift Regional Hospital's Couch to 5-K event on Monday.

The goal is to get more people ready for the Stepping out for your heart event in October. This is the first year the entire community is invited to participate.

"Starting off with just running for 60 seconds, and then walking for 90 seconds and doing that over and over, I can handle that so hopefully it will build on itself," said Lonnie Lacy.

"Next week we will go three minute walk, five minute jog, so we are trying to build up to a 5-K run," said Cardiac Rehab Manager Tift Regional Darian Peavy.

If you don't live In Tifton, you can still participate in the program.

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Since many people aren't in shape to run a 5K or even a mile, Tift Regional Medical Center is offering the Couch to 5K program. This 10-week program guides participants off the couch and into a day-by-day exercise plan designed to increase endurance. By the end of 10 weeks, participants are ideally able to run a 5K.

"Last year, we had a participant that was a little overweight. He often felt tired, his clothes were tight, and he was having trouble bending down to tie his shoes," says Mandy Brooks, assistant director of the TRMC Foundation. "He participated in Couch to 5K, where he lost 60 pounds, and is now running four miles, three times per week."

 All proceeds from Stepping Out for Your Heart go to the Foundation's Heart Safe Community program, which purchases automated external defibrillators and 12-lead electrocardiogram machines for emergency medical technicians, as well as helps patients in cardiac rehabilitation.

"This event is a great way to improve your health," says Maranda Houston, director of the TRMC Foundation. "Whether you're working toward the 5K or running a mile, achieving that goal will be very rewarding."

 To register or for more information about the Couch to 5K program, call the TRMC Foundation at (229) 391-3310 or visit our web site at www.trmcf.com.


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