How To Get Into Running (Even If You Don’t Like It)
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Written By: Taylor Rao
If you’re into fitness, you know your workout of choice. Whether it’s a spin class, a hot yoga session or cardio kickboxing, you’ve got the workout that works for you and keeps you motivated to stay in shape.
For a lot of us, running does not make the list of our favorite workouts even though it’s an affordable, convenient and healthy activity to fit into our fitness routine.
Running is a mental sport, and for those who don’t enjoy the idea of signing up for the community 5K or doing a cool down on the treadmill, it’s easy to chalk it up to the fact that you can’t do it –your body isn’t built for running or you just don’t like it.
But you’re an athlete –and if you really want to become a runner, there shouldn’t be anything holding you back. So how can you get yourself into running even if it’s not your thing? Follow these tips so you can learn to go the distance.
1. Get The Right Gear
As with any workout, it’s important to have the proper tools to help you perform your best. Visit a store that specializes in running sneakers and consult with a professional that can fit you into the right shoe for your gait. From there, work your way up the body – a comfortable running outfit, a lightweight fanny pack for your belongings, and any accessories that will keep you from fidgeting or slowing you down.
Yes, it’s an investment, but the right running gear will not only keep you safe, but it’ll get you excited to test out your new sneakers and put some miles on them.
2. Use A Running App
Running apps were built for the runner – to help motivate you, track your progress and keep a record of your routes and distance. Apps like Nike Run Club or Human connect you with other runners in your area, creating a support network that can encourage you to keep going. These apps also include a social element – allowing you to share your distance on social media and join challenges with other athletes. Who doesn’t like a little friendly competition (or teamwork)?
3. Make A Killer Playlist
One of the best parts about running is that you can set your own soundtrack; you don’t have to listen to whatever your fitness facility plays for the entire class. Create a running playlist and add some songs that will get you amped up. You’ll thank yourself when your favorite song comes on and you can push through a long stretch of road or get a burst of energy to climb a hill.
4. Set Small Goals (At First)
When you’re just starting out, don’t expect to set a record pace or distance. Instead of saying, “I want to run three miles today,” set an amount of time you want to work out for, like 30 minutes or the length of your typical gym sesh. That way, you’ve gotten the amount of exercise you’re used to without worrying about how much ground you’ve covered.
5. Just Practice
Once you get started, reflect on your runs and think about what worked and what didn’t. Was there a particular part of the route that was most challenging or a song that kept you motivated?
Based on your observations, you can tweak your routine to make you stronger and more efficient. And if you have questions, use your experience to fuel some research about what other runners do to power through their workouts.
You’re not alone when it comes to not being running’s #1 fan, but if you commit to the effort and take the advice of these few simple tips, you can add running to your fitness routine in no time.