Finding Joy in Running, or How Do I Make It Work?

No doubt that running is quite a beneficial kind of physical activity in regard to our health, body image and self-esteem. However, many people keep failing in establishing running routine that would fit them because they are unable to enjoy such a physical practice.

No doubt that running is quite a beneficial kind of physical activity in regard to our health, body image and self-esteem. However, many people keep failing in establishing running routine that would fit them because they are unable to enjoy such a physical practice.

This proves to be true for many who would like to start running on a regular basis, but constantly fails to do so. Fortunately, there are some tips that may enable people who end up hating running to find some ways to actually make it work for them.

It’s not a secret that running is a monotonous and boring practice that requires a lot of determination. It is also quite a hard thing to do, is normally done alone and provides no obvious benefits in a short time, while giving an unfortunate sportsperson a bunch of greatly unpleasant experiences like tiredness, general muscle soreness all over the body and pain during the following runs. No wonder it usually doesn’t make people feel particular enthusiastic. Still, there are a number of ways a person can try implement to switch hatred mode to enjoyment one.

Define for yourself what exactly you don’t like about running. Than change it.

You have to walk for a long time to the river bank where you run? It’s particularly hard to change clothes for a run? You don’t want to feel sore afterwards? Almost any of problems connected with running can be solved, while this is too bad to lose all the benefits running brings.

Warm up before a run.

A lot of pain on the next day after a run comes because of a ‘low start’. Engaging into intense physical activity straight away was never a good thing to do, and still many people keep making this mistake. Just a few exercises to give your muscles a stretch make a body much readier for running.

Don’t overwork.

Striving for perfection has also done little good to people. Mild short run is a good enough option to start with. Using method of interval training may also be helpful in learning to enjoy running.

Get other people involved.

Some people are into the music or simply use a run as a chance to be with themselves. For others, loneliness may be a burden. Create a group so that other people would both entertain and motivate you to move on.

Learn to breathe properly.

Exhaustion and pain often come because of the wrong breathe rhythm or its absence). To ensure a necessary supply of our system with oxygen throughout a run, breathe in with both nose and mouth and breathe out with your mouth alone respectively. This will help to feel relaxed enough to get pleasure from physical activity and well energized after.

Develop your capacity slowly.

Trying to get it all at once will only discourage a person from running (or, for that matter, any other activity). Therefore it is necessary to establish a good breath rhythm, alternate run with walks and not to worry about a pace, appearance or other things while you’re on a run.

Change running rout(in)es.

People already have too much of daily routine in their lives to make running another one. Discover new places, try different things to entertain yourself during running, do some speedwork etc.

Do not forget to praise yourself for every improvement.

This is a proven way to boost your motivation level. Also, isn’t it cool to celebrate an achievement you’ve been working hard for?

At the same time, running, as well as any other thing, is not for everyone. So if you find it too hard and not worthy to do it, give a go to some other activity! After all, emotional part of our lives is as essential as a physical one. There is no need to sacrifice either of them, especially when so many beneficial sports are for us nowadays.

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