In this month of April, many are already beginning to forget their 2022 resolutions, but the cold, gray, gloomy weather is almost behind us, the days are getting longer and the temperature is getting warmer. That's why I'm going to try to give you my little tips to motivate yourself and get back into running slowly.
1. Schedule an outdoor outing Whether it's daily at lunchtime
At work or in the evening, with your partner, taking a little walk outside (rain or shine) gives you energy. You just need to dress appropriately and the half hour goes by super fast. So put on your best thin beanie and a good neck warmer, and go get a good dose of energy! If it's too hot for the beanie, you can put on a multifunctional tube to cover your ears or neck.
Once outside, you can start with brisk walking, move on to a walking-running interval, and gradually run longer distances. Finally, all you have to do is schedule the activity in question and keep your commitments!
2. Finding a partner
It's always more motivating to have two or more people: one person motivates the other and vice versa the following week!
3. Setting a goal
A challenge, or a competition in the spring, can motivate us to get moving and come out of hibernation.
4. Kicking yourself to put on your shoes
Once the shoes are on, it's easier to open the door. So a simple "go" and the machine started to run a few kilometers on the asphalt or in the woods.
5. Focus on the positive
It's easy to give up, so when we achieve a small feat, it's rewarding and great for our self-esteem. Take the time to congratulate yourself and thus, next time, it will be easier to remember the little boost that it gave us to continue persevering. Every little victory deserves to be celebrated! Congratulate yourself and treat yourself to a new accessory, a game, a massage or an outing, if you feel like it.
6. Look at the improvements
Sometimes, it's necessary to step back to see our progress. We must be aware that when we're too involved, the slope can be steep. There are unexpected small obstacles, and sometimes, setbacks. I recommend keeping a journal to see what we have acquired or improved, as it's good for morale! We should not compare ourselves to where we were at the end of last season, but rather since we started our fitness journey.
Finally, don't forget that no matter the "good excuses" that prevent you from starting running again, it only takes a few minutes of your time: it always takes about 5-7 minutes to start appreciating the running workout, but the benefits are reaped for hours, even days after. So, rejoice in the fact that you've done a good deed for your health and have made progress in achieving your short, medium or long-term goals.
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