If running makes us feel so good, why is it so hard to do it? Starting out too fast and hard in a new running routine may be one of the reasons people dislike running. When people exercise above their respiratory threshold, that is, above the point when it gets hard to talk, they postpone exercise’s immediate mood boost by about 30 minutes. For novices, that delay could turn them off running for good. It is therefore best to start off with a moderate exercise plan.
10 Tips for staying motivated:
- Start off with a moderate exercise plan with reachable goals.
- Set a long-term goal and enter a race.
- Make running a social activity and join running groups.
- Don’t just run, mix it up with strength training, track training, hill training and time trials.
- Take breaks and reward yourself for reached goals.
- Compile a killer playlist.
- Alternate your running routes.
- Download a running application on your phone or get a running diary.
- Find a routine and plan your runs for the week on a Sunday evening.
- Finally, remember that no matter how many excuses you come up with to get out of going for a run, you are never going to regret a run. It takes about seven minutes to start enjoying a run, but you can spend a whole evening (or day at work) reaping the rewards, and showing that smug smile off knowing that you took one step closer to your ultimate mental health.