Like anything else that requires hard work and discipline, running does not always seem appealing. These tips will help you stay motivated, and can be applied to other activities besides running.
1. Make Running a Habit
If something is a habit, we find ourselves doing it unconsciously. Running can be as automatic as showering before work if you force yourself to make it a regular occurrence in your schedule. Choose three to four days a week to run, and then select a time that fits into your schedule. Shortly before that hour arrives, make yourself change into exercise clothes, stretch, and head out for a run. The first few weeks will be difficult, as you might be tempted to skip running in favor of something less strenuous. But if you keep at it, you will find yourself looking forward to your scheduled runs.
2. Set Goals and Stick to Them
Drafting a running schedule is only the first step. The next objective is breaking your running sessions into manageable, achievable milestones. When you first start running, do not expect to travel long distances in record time. Research training programs and find one that starts small, before gradually building to greater durations and distances. As you run, pace yourself carefully. Instead of focusing on your ultimate goal, such as the total time you wish to run, fix your sight on a point in the near distance, such as a stop sign. Reach the sign, congratulate yourself, then pick another point and reach that. Continue on until you have finished your allotted running time.
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