A series of absolute beginner jogging sessions being held across Derbyshire early in the New Year are encouraging more people to get physically active during 2016.
The Jog Into January campaign is specifically designed to help people who have never pulled on running shoes before, or want to get back into jogging.
Co-ordinated by JOG Derbyshire – which has more than 90 jogging groups across the county – the sessions start from Sunday January 10 and are led by qualified jog leaders.
Jogging plans for complete beginners can be followed, which assist participants to progress from walking to jogging within weeks.
The 2015 campaign, which ran from January to March, saw 278 new members join JOG Derbyshire, while 800 people a week jog regularly with the organisation.
More than 4,000 people having already taken part in the Jog Derbyshire scheme since its launch.
“The most important thing is that people don’t need to worry about how they look or what speed they are moving at,” said Michelle Simmons, JOG Derbyshire Co-ordinator.
“The emphasis is very much on every group being friendly and non-competitive, working with people step-by step to help get them jogging.
“There are jog groups meeting all over the county, from the High Peak to South Derbyshire, all year around, but the Jog into January campaign is great for those looking to turn over a new leaf after the excesses of Christmas.
“If your New Year’s resolution is to get fit, then this is an ideal opportunity to start your health kick among people who’ve also not jogged before, giving the opportunity to make new friends.”
To find your nearest participating or group, go to www.derbyshiresport.co.uk/jog-derbyshire and click on the Jog Into January logo.