5 Practical Ways to Turn Yourself into a Runner

Turn Yourself into a Regular Runner

You’ve tried running in the past but it never stuck right? We’re all so busy these days, kids to shuffle to swim lessons and softball practice, groceries to pick up, full time jobs to do, trying to become a regular runner is often one of those things that falls by the wayside and soon we’re asking ourselves how we got out of shape and put on those extra 10 pounds we had worked so hard to take off.

If you really have a desire to get in shape and stay in shape and lose those 10 pounds for good, you need to ‘pay yourself first’, thats right, before you get on with the day, make a commitment to getting outside for a quick run or a long run, whatever you have time for, but don’t wait for later in the day, thats when life will get in the way and running will get pushed to the side, so ‘pay yourself first!’.

Follow these 5 tips to keep you on track to becoming a regular runner

1. Arrange your schedule so that you can do your run in the morning, pay yourself first!
2. Consistency is key, commit to at least 3 days per week and make it a habit, even better if you can do 5 days a week.
3. Set goals for each run. Ie: run 3 minutes, walk 2 minutes, or run the block then walk to the first driveway, repeat.
4. Challenge yourself. Try to run to the 4th house, if you still feel fine, keep going for another 2 houses,etc. When you feel uncomfortable, push a little harder just for a minute before you take a break
5. Sign up for a race, its the most fun you’ll have running. Making a commitment like that will add even more purpose to your run. You’ll be amazed at how good you feel after the race, and then again when you tell your friends and co-workers about your accomplishment!

What are you waiting for? Get out there now and start becoming a regular runner!