Many people start out with the intention of beginning and sticking with a running program. However, for one reason or another the majority of them will quit before even really getting to enjoy all the benefits of running. So, it’s important to start off on the right foot – so to speak. Read on for some tips on getting your running program started correctly.
First of all, you need to set a time to run – and stick to it. A big reason that many want to be runners quit is because they don’t make their running a priority. With all the benefits that you gain from running, you need to make sure that it is important for you to get it done. If you just have the attitude that I’ll get it in sometime today – it probably won’t get done. So, make sure that you set aside a certain time each day.
Make sure that you don’t start out by trying to do too much too soon. This will cause you to get frustrated and want to quit. It can also cause you to get injured if you try to do more than your body is ready for. You want to start slowly and get your body used to the running program. Especially if you really haven’t done any exercise before.
To make your running a habit – think about the good things that it is going to do for you. Focus on the positive. Also, try to run in places that are scenic – this will help you to enjoy your run more. It also helps to have some upbeat music playing on your mp3 player – music that puts you in a good mood. Just make sure that you are not playing your music so loudly that you cannot hear what it going on around you.
Don’t skip a day of doing something. To make something a habit – you have to do it for 30+ days. If you are starting a running program – you probably won’t be running every day (well, at least not in the beginning. However, on the days that you are not running – you should be doing something. The best thing is to go for a walk. This still gets you out the door and used to doing something every day – but you will have a rest day from your running.
Running is a great lifestyle and can help improve the quality of your life. It’s important to get started correctly and make it a habit – and something that is non-negotiable in your life. After you get into the habit – eventually you won’t even have to think about it. You’ll just do it!