My husband started a new healthy routine a while back: Running. He loves it but he was having difficulty doing it every day. He wanted to run, but it just wasn’t happening as much as he wanted. Luckily he found a way to make sure he got too run every day and he’s here today to explain how he does it.
This is the time of the year when it’s easy to start an exercising outside. The weather is good, the days are longer, and it’s warm in the morning.
One habit that I tried to introduce in my life many times is running. I finally figured out why I was failing at it.
Lessons Learned from Starting a Running Habit
Pick your time of the day
I once heard that you should do your most important project first thing in the morning. Right after getting out of bed.
It kind of makes sense when you think about all the things that can take your day away.
I was putting it off until the end of the day. You know what, I had always something else to do after dinner.
Prepare your gear
Try to create automation. The idea is to reduce resistance as much as possible. When you start thinking too much about what you need before getting out there, your mind gets in the way.
Put your running gear on a chair near your bed so you can just get up, put it on, get out, and start to run. Make the process simple and with fewer steps as possible.
Choose your route
I tried to do it in my basement. But there’s a special feeling when you get out there in the wild, that you obviously don’t get from using equipment in your basement. You see the scenery defile before your eyes while progressing on the route you choose.
I choose my route by going into Google Maps and looking at the places near my house. When I find an interesting one, I keep doing it for a while. I like to be able to measure my progress.
Keep doing it
Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do. — Bruce Lee
If you fall from the saddle, get back on it as soon as possible.
What makes the difference is to practice almost every single day. You have to let go of the quick fix mentality. You’re going to see progress in the long run if you’re able to sustain your new habit.
Continue your day.
As soon as I get back from my morning run I take an Orange Naturals ND Shake for Men. It’s a time saver. I don’t need to make breakfast and it has everything in there to keep me sustained until lunch. I just bring a little mix of nuts and a fruit to work as a morning snack.
Enjoy the process
One last thing. None of these steps will work if you’re not enjoying the process. So be sure to put yourself in a good mood when you think about running. It’s more than just a task that you have to cross off your to do list. It’s not another chore to do. It’s about staying healthy in the long run.
I’d like to say a big THANK YOU to Sébastien for sharing with us the lessons he learned in order to have a successful running routine. Keep on running!
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