Running can be one of the many exercises that people grow to either love or hate. However, a lot of this has to do with the person who is running. So how does that work and what can we do to change the way we run? Keep reading for answers.
Tune in to Your Body
It’s important to remember that you are not anyone else. This means that comparing yourself as a runner to someone else only serves to discourage and defeat you. It’s critical that you plan your runs and exercise routine in mind with what your goals are and where you are currently. For example, if you’re a brand-new runner, don’t take off at a sprint and spend up all your energy. Take your time, and be sure to take walk breaks. If you are hurting yourself, you can’t enjoy it and your body will suffer. Be patient with yourself and understand that running does not have to be anything but what you want it to be. It’s as flexible as you are. Take advantage of that!
Get Some Outside Motivation
There are plenty of reasons that we can get discouraged and give up on running, such as frustration, lack of motivation, or simply allowing the busy day-to-day to create excuses not to go. That’s why it’s important to get help from friends and other outside stimulus. Friends can run with you and you can talk on the way. This helps you to not only stay motivated, but relieves stress and builds relationships too!
Music is another great way to gain inspiration. By using music that propels you and pushes you, you can experience a faster time on your 5K. Or if you’re just looking to relax, soothing tunes can be a great way to help your mind relax, and enjoy the beautiful outdoors.
Moving forward, keep in mind that there are all kinds of runners, and many different ways to adjust your experience to fit your preferences and lifestyle. Be sure to try the tips above, and keep at it until you find the best fit for you. Your body will thank you for it.