How To Make Running More Enjoyable
We’ve all seen those die-hard runners pounding the pavement on our way to work every morning. Running is one of the most popular forms of exercise for fitness enthusiasts all over the world. It’s a great way to impose your physical and mental health as well as your strength and stamina.
The trouble with running though is that it can become a little mundane over time. When running becomes less enjoyable, we are more likely to put running off for a day or so and that can eventually lead to quitting completely. Before you hang up your running shoes, here are 10 ways to make running more enjoyable.
1. Run In Intervals
You’ve set your goal to run a certain distance every day. That doesn’t mean you need to run the course at breakneck speed on every outing. Break your run up into intervals. Pick a landmark such as a street corner, a tree or a telephone pole and run to that as fast as you can. Then choose another marker up ahead and run at a gentler pace. Alternate these intervals and you’ll not only enjoy your run. You may also start to increase your running speed and distance.
2. Find A Running Buddy
One of the most boring aspects of running is, for the most part, due to the fact that most runners hit the tracks solo. Think of teaming up with a friend to be your running buddy. Not only will this person keep you company on those long runs, but you’ll also be able to spur each other forward those few extra miles. You can also challenge each other racing from point to point. This is particularly a good option for the ladies who may not feel safe or comfortable running alone on deserted roads.
3. Keep Your Running Under Wraps
When we want to do something good for ourselves, we tend to tell all of our family and friends about it. This can be problematic in a number of ways. Firstly, we all have at least one negative person in our circle who will derail anything we want to try with snide remarks. Another reason you should keep your running under wraps is that we are more likely to stick to a plan if we do keep it to ourselves. The bonus of keeping your running under wraps is that people will eventually see your transformation, and will be dying to know what you’ve been up to.
4. Put Together A Playlist
Most people love listening to music, but with our busy lifestyles, we rarely get enough time to listen to our favorite tunes. Put together a playlist of your best of the best and listen to them as you run. Make sure you include some upbeat tracks to pick up your running pace from time to time. The best thing about music is that once you get immersed in the rhythm, you’ll barely notice you’re running and you’ll definitely enjoy it more.
5. Take The Scenic Route
One thing about routines is that they can become too much of a routine. Instead of just running along the same route every day, take the scenic one. Many places have running trails through stunning parks or along lakes or rivers. The change of scenery will be a tonic for your mind and by changing your route from time to time, you’ll avoid your running from becoming boring.
6. Get The Right Shoes
We all have that old pair of running shoes that fit perfectly and are comfortable to boot. However, if your running shoes have seen better days, it may be time to replace them. Newer technological advances have not only made running shoes more comfortable, but they are also being designed for specific sports and activities, for example, parkour shoes or trail running shoes. A good pair of running shoes offers superior comfort and lots of support. Many of the soles have also been designed to absorb the shock of the continuous pounding of your feet on the hard surfaces of city roads and paths.
7. Combine Running With Sports
If you find running up and down suburban streets a little dull, combine running with a sport you love that includes a lot of running. Things like football, baseball and soccer are perfect sports that will get you running and playing at the same time. Join a sports club or just get together a group of friends for a casual came in the park or your local indoor sports center.
8. Take It Indoors
If you live in a region known for an excessive amount of rainy days it may be difficult to establish a good running routine. Running through a light drizzle is one thing, but a whole lot of wind and rain and running in muddy conditions makes it miserable, if not impossible. Find a local sports center and do some laps around whatever court they have. You’ll be safe from bad weather and you may meet some new running buddies in the process.
9. Enter Competitions
If you need a little motivational push to get you running, enter competitions. Many cities organize annual races and marathons so why not join in? Once you sign up, you’ll have all the motivation you need to run daily to get yourself into the best physical condition possible. Just remember, it’s not all about winning but beating your own personal best time with each race you enter. It can also be a whole lot of fun, especially if you get a group together to compete with you.
10. Run For Your Next Meal
Do you have a favorite restaurant or diner you love to pick up breakfast or lunch? Why not make that a part of your running routine? Whether it’s breakfast or lunch, put on your running sandals or shoes and run to your favorite eatery. You can then enjoy your favorite food without feeling guilty. This might make you a lifetime runner. Just make sure you keep the meal light and avoid large portions. Don’t forget that once you’re done, you still need to run back home.