You’ve just had an insanely stressful week with more tests than you can count on one hand, and all you want to do is relax on the couch with a nice big bowl of ice cream. We’ve all been there, and we’ve all known that feeling of regret after practically inhaling all that ice cream. Fear not!
If you’re looking for a healthier way to relieve some stress, or you just want to be healthier overall here are some tips on how to start running.
1. Make a plan.
Whether your goal is to lose ten pounds or to run a seven minute mile, studies show that by making a goal before you start running you are much more likely to continue doing it even after you have accomplished your goal. Tracking your goal day to day is a great way of keeping your motivation up, and once you start seeing results running becomes an addiction you won’t want to give up.
2. Make a mantra.
When I first started running, a lot of people gave me this piece of advice. At first I thought it was a silly suggestion that I wouldn’t need, but after the first two weeks I felt like quitting and decided to try out a mantra. Repeating your manta every day keeps you motivated and positive.
3. Start slow.
Everyone has heard the phrase “Rome wasn’t built in a day” and the same thing applies for running. Running can be very difficult, especially if you have never done it before or have taken at least a month off. It’s important not to fatigue yourself by taking on more than you can handle. If you have never tried running before I would recommend only running three days a week for the first month in order to get acclimated.
4. Do not give up.
If you need to take some time off, if you don’t feel like running one day, or if you feel like you will never reach your goal, no matter what do not give up. You will have days where running is the last thing you want to do, and at the beginning those days will come more often than not. It doesn’t matter how slow you are going, even doing something as simple as running once a week is a great way to improve your health and your mood.
I started running about a year ago, and it is one of the best decisions that I’ve made during high school. Running has helped me to not only live a healthier life but also a much happier one. I encourage all of you guys to go out there and start running because there is no better feeling than finishing a long run!