(Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this guest post).
Today I’m excited to share with you this guest post from Bonnie Coberly at Natural Horizons Wellness Centers. If you’re like me, this winter is kicking your butt and you may be struggling with your running motivation.
Running helps your heart stay healthy, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, relieve stress and boost your immune system. Running is also a great way to lose weight and keep it off. With running, there’s no expensive equipment to buy. Get a good pair of shoes and you’re all set. Nor do you have to learn a difficult-to-master skill, as you do with skiing or golf.
When it’s cold and snowy, though, as it has been this winter in many parts of the country, it’s easy to put aside your running routine for a nicer day. Even in summer, life’s demands can get in the way of your running routine.
Developing a consistent running routine can help counteract the excuses many of us make to avoid running. Below are nine ways to work through those running excuses, such as cold weather, work demands and errands.
Nine Ways to Work through Your Running Excuses
1. I’m too busy. Having too much to do is probably the number one enemy of any workout routine. Men’s Health magazine advises combating this excuse by doubling up on your duties and chores while you’re running, such as inviting a work colleague to run with you and discussing business during your run or taking the family hiking, so you can spend time with your kids and spouse while still getting your exercise.
2. It’s snowing outside. Although some winter weather is fine for running, some of the days in the season are too cold and too icy to run safely outdoors. However, just because the weather isn’t cooperating doesn’t mean you have to skip your workout. Instead, stay inside and jump rope and run up and down stairs. Or better yet, get on the treadmill.
3. Gyms cost too much money. You don’t necessarily need to join a gym to maintain a running routine. However, when you compare the cost of a gym membership to the cost (even the out-of-pocket cost) of living with a chronic disease like diabetes or high blood pressure, those gym fees start to look a lot more attractive. Shop for memberships in January, when most gyms are pushing for new members. Or, get a group of friends together and take advantage of a group membership.
4. I don’t see any results. Many positive results of running are not immediately apparent. For instance, has your mood softened and do you feel less stressed? Is your heart rate lower? Do you have a lower body mass index number? There are more advantages to running than just toning up and losing weight.
5. Running is boring. If you think running is boring, maybe you need to get out of the gym and out into the parks, where every season brings new vegetation, vistas and wildflowers. Even in the gym, you can make your run more interesting by setting small goals for yourself. Another idea to liven up your run is to invite a friend along for a change.
6. I think I’m getting sick. Running won’t make your cold or sinus infection any worse and it could make it better, according to WebMD. Running also boosts your immune system, so if you keep at it, you’ll be less likely to get sick the next time.
7. My muscles are sore from yesterday’s run. It may not sound logical, but exercising more can actually help those sore muscles recover. That’s because running helps increase the blood flow to your muscles, which helps to bring oxygen to the affected areas and remove cell waste products.
8. My favorite TV show is on. Have you heard of Tivo? With today’s technology and video streaming, this is no longer a valid exercise excuse.
9. I travel a lot. Traveling is no excuse for not exercising. Most hotels either have their own workout rooms, where you can run on a treadmill, or offer complimentary passes to a nearby fitness facility. Some even offer jogging trail maps that show guests safe and interesting running routes near the hotel.
It’s easy to find excuses not to stick with your running regimen. However, if you’re armed with logical arguments against tabling your workout, you’ll be less likely to skip a day or quit altogether. Keeping up with your running routine can help you live a healthier, longer and happier life. You just need to be ready for those day-to-day obstacles.
About the Author
Bonnie Coberly is a Certified Health Counselor (CHC) at Natural Horizons Wellness Centers. Bonnie helps individuals to reach their wellness goals through smart and healthy dietary choices. You can follow Bonnie Coberly on Google+
(Disclaimer Part 2: I was not compensated for this guest post).
Now it’s your turn! How do you work through your running excuses?