How to Motivate Yourself to Run – 5 Simple Ways to Make Running Your Daily Habit
Writing and running.
To me, they go hand in hand.
As I spend most of my days sitting glued to a chair, typing my stories away, I have to start my day with a strenuous physical activity. And for me, that’s running. For you it might be something else, but as long as you stay active, you’re going to stay inspired and motivated to run.
I also noticed that running beats writer’s block any day. Keeping your body in motion keeps you going.
Now, if you’re a runner but find it hard to motivate yourself to get off your tushy daily, I have a few tips that can help you.
Don’t you just hate when you promise yourself that you will go for a run but you keep procrastinating, finding all kinds of foolish excuses day in and day out?
You know that running is good for you and deep down you’ve always dreamed of running a marathon or just getting into the habit of running regularly. But you’ve started so many times and when your busy schedule gets in the way, you simply give up.
Can I be totally honest with you?
I used to make the same excuses. And everything was more important and more fun to do than run. But the funny thing is that nowadays, when I do not have as much spare time as before, I love running and I make sure that it is part of my daily routine.
Running keeps your body in shape and your mind sharp. But for most of us, when we think of running, we think of a boring activity where we don’t get to do anything fun but, well, just run.
Think about it this way.
Running is easy and undeniably the cheapest way to exercise, since you do not need any fancy equipment. All you need to do is put on your running gear and head out for a run in the park.
Imagine what it would be like to make running your daily habit.
The good news is that it is possible, and there are ways to make it more fun and stick with it.
So, what’s the secret? How do you motivate yourself to run?
The best way is to create motivation, and to do this, you have to think of what motivates you when it comes to exercise. For me, running is a form of relaxation when I gather my thoughts and set my goals. Sometimes I just need to burn that extra energy after a long and stressful day or simply get myself ready for a long day ahead.
So, let’s jump right in.
1. When to Run
Choose a time of day when you feel most energetic. Is that early morning, late afternoon, or evening? As long as you know what works best for you and when your energy levels are high, you will do well. If you’re not sure, try what you think will work best and see how you feel. Give yourself some time to get into the groove, so you don’t start hesitating or thinking of giving up.
2. Prepare Ahead of Time
Prepare your running gear ahead of time and leave it somewhere visible to remind you to go for a run that day. This really works. Let’s say you set your alarm to wake up early in the morning to go for a half an hour run. Get up, get ready and put your running gear on. In a matter of minutes, you’ll be outside. And I promise you, the moment you put your clothes on, you will feel motivated and energized to run.
3. Mark Your Calendar
Make running part of your daily routine by blocking your calendar for a 30-45-minute run during the day. Just as you would go for an important business meeting or a lunch with a friend, make running an appointment with yourself. Do not miss it—it is as significant as any other meeting, if not the most important, because it’s all about you and your physical and mental health.
4. Listen to Music
What kind of music do you usually listen to? Do you prefer podcasts? Or maybe audiobooks? Think of running as a prime time to learn something new, relax to your favorite tunes, or even listen to a new chapter of the book you recently started reading. This is a great way to motivate yourself to keep going.
5. Set Goals
Track your progress and celebrate your achievements along the way by setting goals. You can set your goals as high as you like, but make sure they are realistic. Start slow and gradually increase your speed. A fun thing you can do is to register for a charity race. This way you will support a good cause and meet plenty of like-minded people who might want to join you for a run and give you that extra boost you’ll need when you just don’t feel like running.
It really is that simple. If you want running to be part of your daily routine and an exercise you know you’ll enjoy, apply these tips to your daily routine and let me know which one worked for you.
Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.