Need some motivation. Look no further! Running can be tough, but you're tough too. Don't let anyone or anything stop you from getting in shape. I believe in you, and you need to start believing in yourself.
I have compiled a great list of ways to start running and keep on running. Part of my job as a coach is to keep my runners motivated. I can help you too!
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Below are two lists of motivational tips to start and keep your motor running. Each tip is great no matter if you are beginner runner, a former runner on the comeback trail, or a seasoned veteran looking for inspiration.
Five fantastic ways to make sure you stay running.
1. Schedule running into your day! You need to make sure exercising is a priority. Don't let anything get in your way of your run today. Invest some time in yourself.
2. Take it easy on yourself. Running can be hard, and you shouldn't push yourself to far too soon. Beginners should really walk before they start running. Then you can work on mixing jogging in when you are more comfortable with your workouts. There is a rule when exercising. You know you are working too hard if you can't talk without gasping for breath.
3. Get a Running buddy. I can't stress this one enough. Having a friend or co-worker help you get in shape is so important. Sharing your experience will keep you more motivated and make exercising more enjoyable. Part of the reason I am a running coach is it forces me to run. I don't have to worry about motivation when I know I will be running with my athletes every practice.
4. Set some Smart Goals. You should have something to work towards so you stay focused. I know you can do it. Write your goals down and look at them every day. Here are some great goals to think about. Enter to run in a local race.
Nothing is more motivating than knowing you have a race coming up. Make sure the race you enter in is fun too. A running buddy of mine entered three races last year. One finished on Lambeau Field - The Green Bay Packers Football Stadium, one finished on Miller Park - The Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Stadium, and the last one finsihed in Camp Randall - The Wisconsin Badgers Football Stadium. Those races would keep me fired up!
5. Have fun! This sounds silly, but it is true. Run with a camera and take pictures of the things you see. Run around an area you have never been to before. Run on some trails. Run to a beach and dive in the water at the end of your workout. Ring your neighbors doorbell and run!
Five fabulous reasons why running is great for you!
1. Running burns calories like crazy. It is the second best activity for burning calories, just behind cross country skiing. As long as your diet doesn't change much, you'll lose weight when you start running. I started running when I was 13 and I only weighed in at 105 pounds. Now I didn't have much weight to lose, but after 10 weeks of the cross country season, I was down to 95 pounds! Don't worry. Since then I have grown a foot taller and added a lot of weight to my frame. Now I run to manage my weight. For instance, over the holidays I exercised more because I love eating all the great food.
2. Running increases your metabolism. Running does a little damage to your muscles that your body repairs daily. This increases your metabolism. Don't worry about your muscles. They get mini tears during any normal exercise. That is the general muscle soreness you might feel. It is perfectly normal and will eventually go away.
3. Your self-esteem will improve. I know I feel better about myself after a run. Running is a great way to just get away from everything else. Some people even talk of almost a spiritual connection to nature on a run through some beautiful trails. I feel much more powerful as a person when I finish running, mentally and physically.
4. Running can extend your life! It's true. The life expectancy of people who run often is much longer than an average person. Here are just a few of the incredibly long list of health benefits if you run: Reduced risk of heart attack, increased bone density, lower bad cholesteral, higher good cholesteral, less risk of stroke, increased self esteem... the list goes on and on.
5. You can develop life long friendships. I met my wife through running. My best friend is a track teammate of mine. Four of my college running teammates are now coaches my team runs against regularily. It's great to see them each season.
So there you have it. I hope you found some excellent motivational tips. No one can do it but you. I know you can make it happen, but you have to believe in yourself. Now get out that door and go for a run. You'll be glad you did!