Go Out & Run – 5 Tried and Tested Ways to Motivate You to Go for a Run

We all have been there. It does not matter if you are a seasoned athlete with years of experience or a complete novice who is just thinking about physical fitness, there are many days when you just want to slob out and do nothing. You can blame many things for this – a busy work schedule, bad weather, the urge to stay indoors and binge on your favourite TV shows over an extra-large pepperoni pizza, or something else. This wish to do nothing can be much stronger when you are faced with a physical activity like going out for a run. In reality, this feeling of not doing anything has more to do with your head than anything else, making it even a greater challenge for most of us. In this blog post, I will share some tried and tested ways to motivate you to get up and running in no time.

Just Do It

As the famous ‘Nike’ tagline goes – just go out and start running. It really does have to be that simple and that obvious. Since usually this laziness is all in your head, you just need to stop giving yourself choices or think about other things that you would rather do. Make up your mind and commit to going out for a run. Take it as an essential, as if your life will not be the same if you do not do it. Leave no room for any deliberation or thinking about how you feel and just do it. Keep space in your daily schedule for this just as you do not miss other things in your daily routine.

Make It Your Priority

It is easy to prioritise things that you enjoy and require no effort from your end. It can be anything, from that movie that you wanted to watch with your friends at the cinema to that dinner date with someone special. It can be that book that you wanted to finish for a while or that hang out with your colleagues at your favourite pub. All this can get in your way when planning to go out for a run. Making a habit of letting other things take the priority will eventually wear out your running mojo. Take this seriously and understand that if you will not prioritise working out and running, you will not be thanking yourself in the near future when you will look back and say to yourself, “Jeez! I wish I had done a bit of running back when I was a few pounds lighter.” If it is socialising that you worry about, why not also get your close friends in the habit of going out for a run together?

Reward Yourself for the Effort

It does not matter if you are young or old – everybody loves being rewarded. It can be that new café that you wanted to try or the new trainers that you wanted to buy. Maybe all you need to do is maintain a calendar that tracks your progress and rewards you when you stick to it for a certain number of days. Put this calendar on a visible place like the fridge and fill it daily and weekly, tracking your progress as often as you like. This will help you stay focused on your goals and be motivated so you can then reward yourself for achieving them.

Get Nice Workout Clothes

To get in a motivated mind-set, it should help you if you have some cool workout gear. This is purely human psychology – remember when you used to get excited for a night out when you’d just bought clothes? Wearing your favourite workout clothes can make your subconscious feel motivated to achieve great things. You would love to have others look at you wearing branded gear and get impressed. Here is a great article on how you can find the right running gear.

Plug In Some Motivational Music

It helps to load your smartphone or iPod with your favourite workout music. Listening to upbeat, motivational music with a blasting sound can really turn up your mood and get you in the right state of mind. You should look for workout playlists, download them online, pop in your earphones and get running. The lyrics will motivate you to keep pushing, the beat will help you keep your pace and move with the tempo. The best thing is that good music can help you feel like you are part of a motivational video without anyone else knowing.

There you have it – 5 tried and tested ways to keep yourself motivated for your next run. Remember that running is food for your soul – it helps you stay physically fit and mentally fresh. It releases good hormones and is the right workout to keep you in shape. Follow these tips and sign up for your next running challenge today.

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