Are you someone who strongly dislikes running, but does it anyways to stay in shape? Believe it or not, there are a lot of people out there who strongly dislike it. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. You don’t have to suffer through something just to see the benefits and there are many things for you to try to help you enjoy running more. In this blog, we’re going to talk about just that, and hopefully you’ll be less inclined to skip a day or two or just quit all together.
I think the first question you should ask yourself if you dislike running is, “where have I been running and how does it affect the way I perceive running?” If you answered this question with, “in the gym” or “on a track” then chances are, you’re not doing yourself any favors. Gyms are boring and usually filled with other people who are just going to get in your way and make the simple act of running a lot more difficult and stressful. So, there are two ways you can solve this issue, either find an interesting trail to run on so that you can enjoy the scenery and not feel so bad about your decision to run. Or, you can get a treadmill and run at home while you watch your favorite show on netflix or jam out to some sweet tunes. Not only will you have the convenience of being able to hop straight onto your treadmill from the comfort of your home, but you won’t have to deal with other people getting in your way.
When you’re awake and alert, it’s far easier to enjoy things. This goes for just about anything in your life, however, especially for running. If you got less than seven hours of sleep, the thought of running probably sounds like a terrible idea, so get more sleep and enjoy your high-energy run.
Many people just don’t know how to run. I’m not saying they have no idea how to put one foot in front of the other, but most people will forget about doing a warm up and stretching before they go on their full run. Next time you’re ready to run, start out slow. Take a light jog and do some light stretches. People who don’t take the time to do this and instead just go straight into their workout end up with sore or injured legs that will make you dread running or make it impossible to run for several days or weeks.
Naturally, when you pick up a healthy activity or start eating better, you’ll get a boost to your confidence. Even if you can’t see the physical results of your decisions, you know you’re doing something right. This will most likely reflect back on the rest of the activities in your life. Try making other healthy choices like eating right, getting enough sleep, and drinking enough water. I guarantee you’ll feel more motivated to run and most likely enjoy it more.