How to Start Running: Find Your Why
You may have decided to start your fitness journey, but every day you say it isn’t a “good” day to start.
You may have run a few times, but just can’t seem to stay consistent week after week.
Or maybe, you used to run but lately, you've been feeling unmotivated, sluggish, or just can’t seem to find the time.
If this is you, it’s time to take a good look in the mirror and figure out your purpose or “why”. Being intentional is the key to staying committed and disciplined even on those days when you’d rather curl up on the couch and watch tv.
For some people, this might come easy. When asked why they run it could be because they want to be stronger, healthier, or lose weight. These are all excellent starting points, but when you ask yourself this question, it’s important to be true to yourself on what the answer is. Everyone’s answer can be different. That difference is what keeps you driven and lacing up your shoes day after day.
Consider these reasons to help you figure out your “why”.
Run to be healthy
Is your decision to start running fueled by your desire to lose weight? Are you trying to incorporate more cardio into your life to improve your heart health? Do you wish to be more active with your kids or grandkids but find yourself winded and unable to catch your breath after a few minutes of play? These are all important reasons that could add meaning to your runs and be the push you need to get active.
Run to challenge yourself
Are you tired of starting a training plan just to quit after a couple weeks? Were you an athlete in your high school or college days and hoping to get back into shape? Accept the challenge and prove to yourself that you can do anything if you put your mind to it. You may not always be motivated, but consistency and discipline will always be key to reaching your goals.
Run to relax
Runners high is real! Not only does running improve your physical health, but it can also be beneficial to your mental health. Use running as an opportunity to find peace, de-stress, or escape the troubles of your work or home life. Try leaving the headphones at home and allow yourself to be alone with your thoughts.
Run to inspire
Are you tired of starting a training plan just to quit after a couple of weeks? Were you an athlete in your high school or college days and hoping to get back into shape? Accept the challenge and prove to yourself that you can do anything if you put your mind to it. You may not always be motivated, but consistency and discipline will always be key to reaching your goals.enting for us and we salute you.
Have you figured out your “why” for running?
What are some other reasons that people have for running?
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