It’s a new year, and you are probably looking to get going on some of your New Year’s Resolutions. A lot of people have it down that they want to start running more in the new year. Whether it is to get in great shape, or you want to train for a marathon, getting into a habit of running can have significant benefits. The most challenging part, however, is simply starting the habit. It can be a lot easier said than done and that’s understandable. You’re starting a whole new routine, or if it is something you have done in the past, you’re just getting back into it after a long hiatus. You can’t just jump right into it without strategically weaving it into your routine. Doing so will only cause you to quit after a while. So take a look at these tips that can help you get into a habit of running and enjoy it.
Keep It Simple At The Beginning
One of the biggest mistakes people make when starting a running program is by running way too much right out the gate. This approach will only lead to injury, burnout, and resentment towards the activity. You want to make sure you start out small and set a manageable and realistic goal, then work your way up from there. By starting small, it will be easier to stick with it for the first few weeks or so that you begin. Remember, “a short run is better than none,” so as long as you’re getting out there and doing something, you will continue to work closer and closer to your goals. So make sure your goals are realistic and small in the beginning and then you can begin striving for higher goals.
Make A Plan
They say that “failing to plan is planning to fail.” Once you have decided that you are going to get in the habit of running and set your manageable goal, it is time to back it up with a concrete plan you will execute. You will want to plan everything that is related to your running thoroughly. This list will include the route you go on, how long it will take you, your playlist, and any other portion of your training. You should also plan out any rewards for afterward such as a post-run smoothie, or a nice hot bath. Your rewards are what will motivate you to keep going, and that is going to benefit you in the long-term.
Put Your Plan Into Action
So you have set your goals, and you laid out your plan. Now, all that is left for you to do is put it all into action. Honestly, this might be the hardest part of the entire process. It is so easy to say you’re going to do something and make a plan for it, but to actually do it is a whole different ballgame. With that said, first, you want to make sure that this is something you genuinely want to commit to. If you are not fully committed to running, you will never stick with it. Once you’ve made that decision, getting started is just a matter of getting out there and doing it. Chances are, it will be challenging in the beginning, and that is completely fine, but you will feel so much better after you actually do it.
The most important thing to remember is that once you start, you have to keep going and not give up. Results will not happen overnight, it is going to be a long process, but if you stay the course, they will come, and you will feel so proud of yourself. Try and set a deadline to accomplish your goal. By doing this, you will feel even more motivated because you have a specific date set to achieve your goal. The more you think about this date, you will be less inclined to fall off the wagon and less likely to give up along the way.