The arrival of June means the Fourth of July is nearly one month away – and with it comes the annual Stars and Stripes Fun Run in downtown McMinnville.
If you’ve long thought about participating in the Fun Run, but you don’t exercise regularly, Paige Northcutt at USA Gym has the answer. She has a one-month program that can get you ready for the 5K event, which is one of the largest annual foot races in McMinnville.
“Even if you’re a couch potato and haven’t been doing anything, one month is enough to get you ready for a 5K,” said Northcutt. “The first step is to start walking. Then as you progress in your routine, you will combine running and walking. If you’re running in a neighborhood, for example, you might run for two houses, then walk for two houses, then run for two houses. That’s how you get started.”
A former Olympic medalist, Northcutt has experience working with people of all fitness levels. She’s an exercise advocate because she believes healthy people tend to live happier and more active lifestyles that are unencumbered by physical limitations.
If your New Year’s resolution to get in better shape never left the sofa, Northcutt says warmer weather serves as perfect motivation to get outdoors and get moving.
To help you along the way, USA Gym will be publishing weekly ads every Sunday in the Southern Standard for the month of June. The ads will feature a weekly exercise routine that will take you from ground zero, no regular exercise, to the point where you can participate in the Stars and Stripes Fun Run on Tuesday, July 4.
The Fun Run is a 5K race, which is equivalent to 3.1 miles.