I can honestly say that I have improved on my running lifestyle. Over the years I have explored different fitness regimes; from Bounce fitness to Boxing and swimming. I found them all challenging and fun in their own way. Through my journey 1 thing remains, and that is running.
I recently finished my 50th parkrun and I’m so proud of myself. Running has carried me through so many highs and lows. Through happy times and sad times. Uncertainty and celebration. Anxiety and Depression.
People turn to exercise for a whole bunch of reasons. Weight loss, stress relief, good health, happiness, better energy levels, strength… the benefits are endless.
For me, I got into exercising for the calm and happiness that I feel during and after exercising. While some people turn to reading or computer games, moving is the surest way for me to reduce stress and clear my mind. I needed running for my mental health, the only thing that helped to reduce my anxiety.
How running changes your life
Running empowers you to believe you can achieve things you not thought possible. There is no better feeling than running in the morning with a blue sky above you, the wind in your hair and the flow of oxygen in your lungs….it’s a blessing.
I haven’t lost any weight, I just feel better about myself. Now I’m proud of my body and it’s strength. I’m okay with others seeing it. It’s so empowering to feel free of the body you are meant to have.
How to get started
Be easy on yourself: I’ve always known I’d never be the best runner. I’m still not the best runner—even though I do it. For me, success in a running lifestyle isn’t about how far or how fast I was going—it is about making a commitment to accomplish something hard, and then putting in the work to follow through.
Just try it! Running might be a little awkward or uncomfortable at first, but don’t write it off entirely if you don’t feel like you are an Olympic all-star right from the start. It doesn’t necessarily get easier, per se; instead, you get stronger. Bank on it.
Take it one step at a time. Quite literally, running is an incredibly monotonous sport because all you do is put one foot in front of the other, repeatedly, hundreds if not thousands of times, and bound yourself in a generally-forward direction. Don’t get too far ahead of yourself, especially if things don’t come “naturally” to you at first. Comparison is the thief of joy, so don’t worry about how others perceive you or how you are faring against your peers. You do you; love the run you’re in.
Find a Partner. Running is a wonderful solitary activity, but it can also be very fun to do with a friend/spouse. Consider encouraging a buddy to come along for the ride – either by running with you or cycling alongside you – and I bet you’ll have more fun than you’d imagine.