READY TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE? | RUNNING LIFESTYLE

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.

Why run?

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.

12 comments
  1. Running is such a natural high. I sure miss it and wish I was able to run still. Having a partner makes the time go by a lot faster it seems, at least IMO. Great tips for those who are ready to take on running.

  2. I miss running. I used to run all the time in New York but have stopped since moving to Florida (and gained a ton of weight as a result), I miss the peace of mind and clarity it gave me.

  3. I’ve never been a great runner, but I’ve heard so many positive things about it. One of these days, I’m going to try.

  4. I used to run on the treadmill a lot. Having a toddler and a full time job has made it so much harder…definitely need to get back on it!

  5. Before I hurt my knee a couple of years ago, I used to love running. Though I never did it competitively, I used to just love being able to go out from a run in the early hours of the morning when the weather was still cooler, just to be alone with my thoughts and pushing my legs to their limit.

  6. I started to get into running a while back but then my knees and hips start to go on me (I have a hypermobility issue). I miss running.

  7. I do a lot of sports and things like yoga and group fitness class, but have yet to try running. You are convincing me that I should consider trying it actually. It is great physical fitness. No doubt about it.

  8. Running changes my life as I become healthier and more health conscious. Also, it helps me think and focus more on work and other things in life.

  9. I used to run back in the day. I fell out of it because life got busy. I need to get back at it!

  10. Oh gosh, I’ve been told time and again how good running is. I just really need to dive in and give it a whirl.

  11. I know several people who have started running when they got a bit older (like me, which is how I know them, lol). They find it very fulfilling!! They are definitely more fit/trim!

  12. Oh running…I would definitely start doing that again. I had done it before but I had stopped. It really helps and it has a lot of healthy benefits.

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