When it comes to running, having the right mindset is key.
Instead of seeing exercise as a punishment or chore, see it as an act of self-care.
Here are my top tips for changing your perspective and discovering the fun of running:
Focus on the positive aspects: Instead of thinking of running as something you have to do, try to focus on the positive aspects of the activity.
Think about how it makes you feel after a good run, the mental health benefits, and the sense of accomplishment.
Find your motivation: Everyone has different motivations when it comes to running.
Whether it’s improving your health, achieving a goal, enjoying the outdoors, or half an hour’s peace from the kids.
Find what motivates you and use it to fuel your running routine.
Celebrate small wins: Celebrate every accomplishment, no matter how small.
Running for an extra minute, hitting a new distance, or even just getting out the door are all achievements worth celebrating.
Make it enjoyable: Try to make running enjoyable by incorporating things you love.
Listen to music or podcasts, run with a friend or your dog, or explore new areas.
When you make running enjoyable, it becomes something you look forward to rather than dread.
Be kind to yourself: Don’t be too hard on yourself if you’re not enjoying running at first.
It takes time to develop a love for the activity.
Be patient, kind, and consistent, and you’ll soon find yourself enjoying running.
Don’t worry: Fretting about a parkrun with your friends because you think you will be ‘slow’? Don’t – running is for all abilities.
5k is still 5k whether it is an 8-minute mile or an 11-minute mile.
Don’t use pace as a mental block – just tell the first back to get the coffees in!
When you switch your mindset and focus on how you’ll feel after rather than dread the before you’ll soon fall in love with running!