5 Ways to Get Yourself Running, Even When You Don’t Want To!

How many times do you just want to reach over and punch the snooze button every time your alarm goes off in the morning telling you it’s time to get up for your run? Is there anything that can entice you to jump out of bed, step into your runners and get out the door? What can you do to keep yourself motivated? If you’re struggling with ways to keep your motivation up, this little bit of info might be just enough to help you with that problem.

  1. Enlist your friends to run with you
    • Finding a few friends who will join you in your running may be just enough to keep you going. After all, it’s kind of hard to keep coming up with the same excuses over and over again when you’ve asked them to run with you, right? If you don’t have any friends who enjoy running, think about joining a running club. That’s a great way to make new friendships and connections with other people who share the same love of running as you do. You’ll get support from them and doing this bit of exercise with other people can be a great way to relax and have fun while you’re doing it.
  2. Find some ways to vary your running routine
    • running-routesIf you find that you’re getting bored with running the same old route every day, look for some new trails you can check out. Most cities have designated running trails, you just have to put in some time to locate them and check them out. Another to add some variety to your run is to start incorporating some different terrain. Use hills to really get your blood pumping. You can also track your running sessions with a pedometer. There are many of these apps available for all smartphones. They will keep track of your speed, your distance and even the changes in elevation for you with the push of a button. Adding some variety to your running workouts will also give you an opportunity to work different muscle groups and increase your endurance. Alternatively, you could also try apps like zombierun to make your runs fun.
  3. Run a minimum of three times per week
    • Doing this will allow you to build up your endurance one of the key things that gets most people sidetracked. Be sure to give yourself a day off in between so that your muscles have a chance to recover. Even if you find that you’ve been bitten by the running bug, try to resist the urge to kick up your running sessions to four or five days a week. It’s important, though, that you run regardless of the weather. Just dress appropriately for it and you’ll be fine.
  4. Just get out there and do it
    • running-motivationWorried that you don’t have the right kind of wardrobe for running? Or think you don’t have the right kind of shoes? The biggest step for most people who want to start running for exercise and/or pleasure is to just get out there and do it. You will accumulate the right kind of gear as you go along. Don’t worry. All you really need when you first start is a decent pair of sneakers — some cross-trainers will usually work just fine. As you begin to gain more confidence and extend your running routes, you will certainly want to invest in some good running shoes. But when just starting, just regular running will be plenty.
  5. Map out your route
    • If you’re not sure what to do, plan a beginning route for yourself something that is not too difficult. You can even figure out the distance by driving the route in your car first. That will give you a good idea of how far you will actually be running. Be sure you always carry a water bottle with you when you go out. When you are first beginning do not plan a route that has too many hills or variances in elevation. This kind of route will be too taxing for a beginning runner. You want to set goals for yourself when you first start running but be careful that you don’t set the bar too high or you will surely feel like you’ve failed if you are not able to run the full distance the first time. Chances are you may have to stop and recover periodically as you first start to run. This is perfectly normal and not anything you should feel embarrassed about. Running has more to do with long-term endurance than just about anything else. But the human body was made to run. It’s one of the ways that humans were able to feed themselves thousands of years ago — by outrunning their prey over long distances, literally chasing them down. You will develop your endurance and strength as you go along. Do not expect too much from yourself at the beginning. Building endurance takes time.