You know that feeling when you have to catch the bus, and find yourself out of breath after 30 feet? In such cases, it is common to take up jogging to get in shape.
Now, truth be told, running is tedious and boring. One could argue that it is a waste of time and pointless.
Well, we are here to tell you not to give up, with five tips on how to make running easier and more enjoyable.
There is no need to splurge and get yourself the latest and greatest models from a nearby store or online, any old pair of shoes will do. The key is in comfort. Remember, these are the shoes you will be running in for a very long time, so you’d better make sure your feet are comfy, or blisters will be coming your way.
That being said, if you are an athlete (or even a future athlete), you might consider investing in sneakers that suit your needs. Running shoes are very different from soccer shoes, or basketball shoes. Don’t spend too much, nor too little, and choose your footwear wisely.
Time of Day
Running at different times of day is far from optimal. For best performance, and consistency, we recommend choosing one time of day and sticking to it. Some people go running in the morning. Others prefer the evening, or the middle of the night.
Why is it important to choose the time dedicated to running? The answer is simple – it is consistent. If you stick to your schedule, after a while you will not be stopped by lack of motivation, or bad weather. Your body will develop a habit of getting ready for running.
Running can be boring. One way to fight this boredom is to find a running partner. This is also good for maintaining proper motivation – one or more friends will push you forward towards keeping up your schedule.
However, you must make sure your choice of a partner (or partners) is well thought out. If your partner is flakey, and doesn’t turn up for your running sessions regularly, it is high time you found someone else as your companion.
If you are not the kind of person who, for whatever reason, likes to exercise with friends, it would be a good idea to charge up your mp3 player or smartphone, put on some adrenaline-pumping melodies, and be on your way. Make sure that the mix has your favorite tracks for pumping up, as well as those that calm you down during your cooling off period.
The most important thing to keep in mind is why you started running in the first place. Was it to get in shape, and finally pass a mirror without feeling ashamed? Perhaps it is the only time of day you get some time to yourself, and exercise makes you enter a state of quiet meditation. Whatever the reason, if you are tempted to quit, keep visualizing it, and you will be back on track before you know it. It will certainly be worth your while.