I just saw this from Fitness Magazine and thought I’d share it. I love running, but remember when I started in my early 20’s that this part of my fitness routine didn’t start out with affection. I remember feeling my throat burn as I breathed, my legs hurt quickly, I would get super hot, and I found it pretty monotonous. So what happened over the past 20+ years to help me shift my perspective. I became better at it, grew to like the zen-like thinking time, and found that the results of consistent running were well worth the pain. There’s a reason it’s a hard start – – it’s really good for you. I think a lot of people think there are “runners” and “non-runners”, but I think it’s more about fighting through the first couple of years, and then we all become runners. So if it’s about getting through the hard-part and making it a good habit, what can you do to transition from pain to gain? The article (from Fitness Mag) titled 8 Beginner Running Tips, offers a few great tips to help you.
- The Importance of Cross-Training / Balance
- Push Through It
- Make It Fun – I’d suggest a Tough Mudder
- Stick To The Plan
- The Importance of Rest
- Switch Sides (of the Road)
- Go Over The Hill (add incline)
- Change Things Up
I’ll let you check out the great descriptions associated within the Fitness article, but I like the advice and will be taking some myself.
Small steps add up!!!