If you tend to dread running and only do it to stay in shape, then you how much of a hassle it can be. You tend to wonder how people get exited to go for a run, and are often jealous of them. Well today you can change you mindset with my 5 simple tips.
1. Pretend you are exited
I know this seems strange and useless, but it can really help. Instead of thinking, “Awww, i have to go run in like an hour,” think, “Yay! I can run in an hour!” Think about all the wonderful things you can see and experience. This may take up a lot of effort, but it helps in the long run. If you try and replace negative thoughts with positive ones, eventually they will come naturally out of habit.
2. Change it up
One of the most common mistakes i used to make was running on the same route. One of the worst things when your running is to be bored. If your running the same route every day, it will be boring. It may seem scary to run in a place you don’t usually go. However, you will be distracted with new sights and the run will pass quicker.
3. Discover what kind of runner you are
This tip mainly applies to those who just started running. What i mean is to find out what atmosphere you like when running. Some people like the sounds of nature, while others cant stand a run without music. Some like a run to be a time for them self, while other like to run with others. Some like to run on roads, while others prefer trails. Some like to run in the morning, and some in the afternoon. My advice to you is to try them all out, and stick with the ones that you like most. It can honestly make such a difference.
4. Get a proper routine
A proper routine makes a huge difference. My routine looks like this. Get home from school, eat a snack, get change, stretch, and go. It may not seem like much but it does help. With a routine you can properly get ready, such as energize, stretch, and get mentally prepared. All these things are necessary for a successful run. Having a routing will also become a habit so eventually you will get ready for your run and go without even thinking about it. Like they say, consistency is key.
5. Stay Positive!
This relates to pretending your exited. However, you shouldn’t pretend this. You have to keep positive no matter what. Have a bad day? Just get back on it tomorrow. Not as fast as others? More room for improvement. Not seeing changes? Don’t worry, they will come. These are the thoughts you need to have if you want to enjoy running. Even if its hard to keep positive, dig deeper for that small piece that keeps you happy.
I could keep going and going with tips, but that’s my top 5. If you want more tips just let me know down below. If you follow these tips, you will notice a huge difference in your attitude towards running in no time. Happy running!