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Week five means you’re halfway

After this week, we are more than halfway there. You should be feeling better and the exercise should be easier for you now. If you have not been following the plans, but would like to start this week e-mail me and I will send you the plans. Or you can visit this web site: http:// www.mountainhealth.blogspot.com.

Week five agenda

Low activity plan: Follow this plan if you are not very active in your daily life.

This week you should try to walk 25 minutes, all at one time. Last week the time was split between the morning and afternoon. The extra time this week should not be much of a problem. Do this everyday, or at least five days this week.

Moderate activity plan: Follow this plan if you normally walk or exercise, but want to get in better shape and increase the amount of exercise you want to be able to perform.

If following this plan, you should perform a slow walk warm-up for five minutes. Increase your pace to where you notice yourself breathing a little bit harder for 30 minutes, then slow back down for 5 minutes. Try and do this everyday, but at least five days this week.

Running plan: Follow this plan if you are in a little better shape, but do not run much and you want to improve your conditioning.

For this week, you are going to run 20 minutes straight through. No more walking breaks from here on out. Try to do this three to four times this week.

That’s it for week five. Good luck this week, and try not to overheat when you are out doing your exercising. Remember to drink plenty of water.

As always, in addition to improving your overall health, the goal of this is to get you to finish the Mountain Heritage 5K run/walk. I encourage you to go ahead and sign-up for the race by contacting Rex Frohnapfel at 606-632-0820 or Ryan Sexton at 606-633-8888.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you may have. I enjoy reading or hearing any feedback you may want to give.

Letcher County native Paul H. Caudill is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Louisville. He may be reached by telephone at 1-859- 533-0309 or by e-mail at phcaud01@gwise.louisville.edu.

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