Running can be a staple of people’s fitness regimens, whilst others steer away from running totally. Regardless, it is growing in popularity year on year, and with good reason – it’s versatile and it can be great fun if you approach it in the right way; it’s fantastic for your health and your morale. However, if you’ve never put foot to path and gone for a run, getting motivated to do so in the first place can be a challenge. Here a 7 ways to help motivate yourself:
Set Yourself a Goal
Put the end in sight! Giving yourself a goal gives purpose to your activity and something to work toward. There are so many different things it could be and it is entirely down to you; it could be weight loss, distance or working toward getting in shape for an upcoming marathon. Whatever you set as your goal, keep it in mind whenever you start out on your run and continually track your progress toward that goal. Writing your progress down somewhere will give you a visible representation of your milestones and the achievements you’ve made.
Have a Routine and Stick to it
Include your run as part of your morning ritual, so that it can reverberate positive vibes throughout the rest of your day. Set your running shoes and clothes out the night before will ensure that you are prepared – set an alarm and place it on the other side of the room so that you can’t reach it from bed! You’ll be surprised just how easy your body can get up and ready in the morning. Your body clock will also gradually get used to the routine making it more like a habit. Developing a morning running routine provides a nice reset of the body’s clock; it can feel like adding hours to the day.
Buy Some New Gear
Purchasing some new trainers or some new gear can make you excited to try them out on your next run. You can also incorporate them into your goals, rewarding yourself with a new purchase at certain milestones. You’ll also find that having shiny new kid in your wardrobe will motivate you to put it to use, as to not feel guilty!
Change of location
Don’t let yourself fall into the trap of getting bored with the same old route and location. Whilst getting into a routine is important, don’t be afraid to switch up your surroundings when going for a run. You’ll find yourself feeling invigorated and adventurous when you conquer a new route, and your mind will be actively taking in the new sights, taking your thoughts away from the physical workload.
Make the Perfect Running Playlist
Some argue that there is a science to putting together the ultimate running playlist, rather than throwing together a bunch of songs you usually enjoy. When put together correctly, your playlist can bring fun to an otherwise monotonous activity, and there really is some science behind it, as stated by Scientific American:
“Music distracts people from pain and fatigue, elevates mood, increases endurance, reduces perceived effort and may even promote metabolic efficiency. When listening to music, people run farther, bike longer and swim faster than usual — often without realising it. In a 2012 review of the research, Costas Karageorghis of Brunel University in London, one of the world’s leading experts on the psychology of exercise music, wrote that one could think of music as “a type of legal performance-enhancing drug.””