Running looks and sounds great in theory. Maybe your looking to get in a little exercise, slim down, or even start a whole new lifestyle, but for some reason you just can’t seem to get out of the door. Maybe you have a gym membership but aren’t able to find the time or you just know that something is going to come along in the future and you think it’s best to table your fitness until you week clears us. Whatever it may be, sooner or later the little voice inside your head is going to go off that your new running program isn’t going to work.
Some people call it procrastination, others, fear of failure, but what ever it is, you’ve got it. It can be beaten, and it can be overcome. You might even be surprised how easy it is to tell the little voice of doubt in the back of your mind that you have all the answers you need on why you should run even when you don’t feel like it. Forewarned is forearmed so don’t let the little doubts and questions that you’ll be asking yourself trip you up:
Questions to Look Out For:
You’ll Get to it Tomorrow: The body doesn’t’ like change. Oh, it may say that it likes the wonderful endorphins or the runners high, but you’re still in the world of delayed onset soreness and creaking joints. Your mind has decided that it’s had enough and is now telling you that you’ll be able to make up for it later on in the week.
Adapting your body to a new routine takes time, and it takes discipline. You’ll need to think about what will happen if you take the day off. Will you really get to it tomorrow?
You Can’t Fit it In This Evening: Everyone is busy. If you’re one of those lucky few who gets to spend their evenings doing whatever they please then you’re in the minority. But think about your schedule, are you really sure you can’t fit it in at sometime during the day?
In 2009 The Neilson Company reported that television viewing was up an all time high and hovering around 151 hours per month. If you’re one of those people then there shouldn’t be any reason you can’t squeeze in a solid 30 minutes of run time. It’s far more valuable than anything your going to see on television anyway.
You’ve Got Obligations to Others: It’s hard to tell others no, and it’s even easier to use them as an excuse to stay away from your running shoes. But try to find someway to incorporate the two. You can always take up a short run on your lunch break at work, ask your friends to join you, or schedule your running time so that it doesn’t conflict with normal day to day routines.
You’re Not Ready Mentally: Odds are, you’ve probably never been totally committed to your program, it’s a good thing, because commitment isn’t tested until you’ve started the task at hand. You don’t know whether your tough enough or not to keep it up, but you can certainly be tough enough to give it a try. So, once you’re done wondering about whether your going to make it or not, stop thinking and just start. Like many of life’s best moments, you’ll never know if you don’t try.
You’re Afraid of Quitting: You’ve started other tasks in the past and maybe you didn’t have the best of luck with them. Everyone is the same way. There probably isn’t a single home in American without an incomplete scrapbook, and un built carburetor or some task that was meant to be finished but simple didn’t get to the finish line. The key isn’t to think of a running routine like physical objects; it’s your body doing what you want it to. Running is a routine, and you need to realize that there isn’t going to be a missing screw or bad instructions. It doesn’t require anything other than your own desire, and once you start, staying with it will be easier than you ever thought.
Pain is unpleasant, and if you’re new to working out then a running routine will give your body a run for its money. The key to beating mental doubts is to realize that running is a routine; it’s the simplest thing you can do. It won’t be a complicated matter, all you have to do is stick with it. There will be real obstacles, be they mental, physical, or emotional, in your life, and sometimes, they will affect your running routine, but getting over them is easy enough. You simply need to think about when you can run with the most consistency and always be on the lookout for excuses and how to beat them.