Motivation to Run: How to Get Yourself Moving

Some people love running and some people hate it. There’s no denying that it is an excellent exercise, but there are those who, no matter how wonderful running is for your health, simply aren’t going to do it. If that’s you, this probably isn’t for you. However, if you’re on the fence or have even a small desire to become a runner, you may benefit from the following advice.

Running is a hard habit to pick up and keep going, but it can be done. Here are three tips that just might help you get over the hump and on the running trail.

Set a Reward

I did this once, and it worked. The key is to make your reward something that you really, really want. It also helps if you make it something that costs a bit more or is slightly less accessible so that you don’t give in. For me, it was a very expensive pair of jeans. Until I had been running for at least one month solid and lost five pounds, I wouldn’t let myself buy them. This takes some dedication and willpower, and it also takes something worth your desire. But, if you can find something like this in your life, you may find yourself finally on the move.

Set a Goal Race

There are so many fun races out there. Find one that looks fun to you, and make yourself a goal. Go ahead and pay for a spot, buy the shirt and all the gear, and then get to training. Once you’ve paid, you’re much less likely to drop out. It can also be beneficial to get a group to do it together. Between color runs, zombie runs, glow in the dark nighttime runs, and the thousands of other fun themes, you’re bound to find one that you like.

Get a Running Buddy

This could be a person who is already into running and won’t mind helping you get into shape, or it could be another newbie. Either way, getting some accountability through the help of  friend will help you get moving. Another great running buddy is a dog. Having trouble getting going? Get a dog that won’t let you out of the job. Get a dog with a lot of personality, and just try to ignore their incessant pleas to go for a walk. Unless you have the patience of a superhuman, you’ll be up and jogging before you know it. Friends, whether human or canine, will help push and motivate you to be your best.

Running is a great way to get and stay in shape. It’s a huge challenge, and it provides the body with amazing benefits. If you’re on the verge of giving it a go, check out these tips and apply them to your fitness life. You’ll be glad you gave it a try and proud that you can call yourself a runner in the future.

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