Thursday, March 14, 2013

How to Get (& Stay) Motivated To Run: 6 Helpful Tips

Sometimes, even if you absolutely love to run, you just don’t feel like it. Yet skipping one run can lead to skipping two runs, then three and before you know it you’ve taken a month off. The key is to keep running, even when you don’t want to. There are a few helpful tricks to get motivated. Learn them and you’ll never skip a run. (These actually can work for other forms of exercise as well, so even if running's not your thing, keep these helpful tips in mind for your other workouts!)

#1. Just Five Minutes

So you have a three mile run on your schedule for today and you just don’t want to run. Instead of thinking about the full three miles promise yourself that you’ll run for five minutes. Once you’re dressed and out the door those five minutes usually turn into ten, then fifteen and before you know it you’re enjoying your workout and you’re done.

#2. Accountability

Find someone to run with you. When you run with other people you’re less likely to skip runs. You hold each other accountable. And when you run with a group of people they’re sure to chastise you if you beg out.

#3. Rewards

Reward yourself for achieving your running goals. For example, if your goal is to run three times a week at the end of each week, or month, reward yourself if you’ve reached your goal. You might buy new running gear or take time off just to enjoy yourself. Plan your rewards in advance so you have something to look forward to.

#4. Social Accountability

Post your running stats on your social networking site of choice. There are many membership sites and forums dedicated to runners. It’s a great place to meet other runners, join groups and hold each other accountable. They’re good place to learn too.

#5. Give Yourself an Alternative

If running just isn’t looking or sounding good to you today then have a plan B. Do something else. For example, if you don’t want to run outside, then head to the gym or pop in a fitness DVD. You don’t always have to run but don’t skip your whole workout.

#6. Make a List 

Finally, consider making a list of all of the things you like about running. It can be a physical list with pen and paper or a mental list. As you’re making that list, think about how running has changed your life. Have you lost weight? Do you feel energetic and powerful when you finish a run? Focus on the good things, instead of the negative, and create a positive attitude about running. Chances are within minutes you’ll be motivated to tie your shoes and go for a run.

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