Sometimes we all need a extra push to get ourselves moving. Contrary to what some people may believe, no one is born feeling constantly upbeat, energetic and motivated. It’s all a matter of training your brain. And for runners, this is especially true.
While no one ever regrets running, lacing up your shoes and getting started can be the greatest challenge, even beyond finding the endurance to keep going. So how can a person motivate themselves to get out there?
Here are some tips for training your brain to keep you motivated while running:
- Sign up for a race, then tell everyone about it. Between spending the money to register and the accountability that comes with announcing your race to friends, you’ll be more driven to get out and train.
- Find a running partner. Not only will this make running more fun, it’s also a great way to spend time with friends. And again, it’s all about accountability.
- Mix things up. Avoid falling into a rut by switching it up between running outside and on a treadmill. When you do run outdoors, avoid getting bored by changing your route daily or weekly.
- Use apps to show your progress. Many apps track time, distance and progress to help keep you interested in improving your results. And, GPS allows you to find new routes on-the-go.
- Remind yourself how good running makes you feel. Running affects the brain in a myriad of positive ways, so keeping up with your running routine is definitely worthwhile for your mental health.
- Set goals, and then crush them. Make sure your goals stretch your limits, and that you reward yourself when you get there.
Training your brain and body go hand in hand. Pushing yourself to keep going as a runner makes it easier to push yourself as a person as well. Living a passionate life is a commitment to ourselves, and, just like running a race, that commitment is always worthwhile. So, the next time your motivation is running low, just get out there and do it. You’ll always be glad you did.
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