Running is important for healthy living and we all need to find a way to start doing it. Easier said than done. Right? The truth is that more often than not, we find plenty of excuses not to run. You could simply hate it. Or you might come up with rational explanations – no energy, no time and countless other reasons that prevent you from stepping into the joy of running.
Let’s take a look at some of the excuses to not run:
Running is boring – Well, true, it certainly can be. Running is simple. Not much to it. It includes repetitive body movements that always stay the same or change very little.
It’s not my first attempt – You’ve already tried. Several times over. It started quite well, you were telling yourself that it’s not so bad and that you are doing something your body and mind will appreciate. You did it for a while. And then stopped.
There’s never enough time – The day is so short. There are just so many things to do! If only you had 28 hours in a day, you might be able to fit in your running routine.
I’m tired – Humans don’t have a limitless amount of energy. You are probably thinking that if you were rich and didn’t have to work, you would then have enough energy for running. It’s an illusion.
Let`s consider some of the ways to beat these obstacles:
If you thinkrunning is boring, remember that it depends on the way you look at it. Think of the freedom that it offers. Think how your body is made for running and that you are returning to your true self. Being one with nature means being one with everything around you. It’s in your genes, it’s hereditary. Still bored? Find a running buddy to keep you company and make the running more fun. Encourage each other and provide support. Also, knowing that someone is waiting for you will force you to get up for a run in the morning and it will help you get motivated.
You earlier failures discourage you?
Somewhere deep within you is a notion that no matter how hard you try, you will eventually give up. Why should it be any different this time.
Relax. It’s not the end of the world if you fail. Think of it as something that will improve the overall feeling of well-being and make you feel happy. Take your time. Break it into shorter portions.
Let everyone know that you are starting your running routine again. Be honest, tell your friends that it might be difficult. They will naturally feel inclined to encourage and support you.
Treat yourself after a run. To keep it healthy, why don’t you try some gluten-free desserts when you finish? If you think it’s too much, try somesuperfood energy bars. They are easy to digest and will help you stay energized during a run.
Not enough time in the day?
Think of your priorities. Think of the things you do every day and how happy they make you feel? How do you feel after watching your favorite sitcom? Fulfilled? Or is it just a temporary distraction from your overall dissatisfaction with your well-being? Put those sneakers on and go wild, feel alive again.
Feeling tired and lethargic?
If only you knew how much energy you have. People will often start convincing themselves that they are tired even if it isn’t so. It has a lot to do with the state of mind, almost as much as it has to do with the state of your body. Try to visualize the joy and vigor of moving. Blood flowing through your entire body, and how energized you will feel after moving swiftly and taking deep breaths.
Believe it or not, sitting on a sofa all day, watching TV and doing nothing can also make you tired.
Consider changing your diet. Are you eating healthily? There is plenty of superfoods out there. Proteins are important, but think of a way that you are consuming them. Try a plant-based diet. Check out this article on using plant-based foods to improve your running. Not only will it boost your energy and deliver more nutrients, but it will increase your mood and make you feel happier. Check out these three foods to lift your mood.
So, next time you try to avoid running, ask yourself if it’s worth it. Think of the potential benefits. Do not let small annoyances stand between you and the overall feeling of well-being. Go for it! Visualise yourself as healthy, energetic and in good shape, walking through life with ease, rooted in the excellent state of your body and mind.