4 Tips For a More Enjoyable Running Session By Jonas Forsberg
Everyone knows how hard it can be to find motivation sometimes - especially on those dark and dreary days that make you wish you could stay in bed and sleep all day! The last thing you want to do is go for a run!
But the weather is definitely not the only deciding factor. There are tons of things in life that help determine what you really feel like doing from day to day.
Lets face it - there are not many people out there who really LOVE to run. This article reveals for tips that I give people when they come to me saying they hate running.
1. Interval Training. Contrary to what your grandparents may have taught you, the good, old-fashioned way is not always the best way. Running IS boring when you do it for an hour at the same pace!
Instead, try interval training. Here is why:
It is way more time-efficient than steady state cardio.
It is way more effective than steady state cardio, both in the areas of fat loss and your overall health and condition- this is research-proven!
It is much more enjoyable! Interval training will only last 15-20 minutes, compared to one hour of steady running, and you will see amazing results!
2. Apparel Shopping. The best place for your old gym suit from the Class of 1998 is the top shelf of your wardrobe, where you can look at it and reminisce from time to time.
Deciding to get in shape requires a lifestyle change, and when you decide to make a lifestyle change, there are small changes you need to make along the way.
Obviously, to get in shape, you are going to have to change your nutrition, your exercise habits and your mindset.
So where does a new outfit fit into this? It is also important to find things you can associate with your new lifestyle - like a track suit.
I am not saying it has to be an expensive one, but a new, good-looking suit will help you feel even better about your new lifestyle!
3. Running Shoes. New running shoes will also make you feel good about your new lifestyle - but they have even greater importance here. When a pair of running shoes becomes old, it loses much more than just color - it loses cushion, and without cushion, running shoes are worthless.
A new pair of running shoes is essential for decreasing injuries and for your overall health. AND it will also give you the feeling that you are actually flying!
Running shoes are one of those things where you get what you pay for. The more you pay, the better protected you will be, and the more you will feel like flying!
I highly recommend that you do not buy a pair of cheap sneakers to run in. Although you may think that you cannot tell the difference initially, it WILL lead to pain in your knees and ankles a little further down the road.
There are many big brands that carry very high quality shoes. Keep that in mind when you visit your local sporting goods store.
4. Music. I will not make you get rid of everything from the good old days! Music is one area in which you can use that old walkman (if you so choose) and listen to that old time rock n roll!
I will recommend, however, that you DO listen to music - whatever genre you prefer. It is essential for getting the most enjoyment out of your workout, and I recommend that you have some sort of media player (whether it be a walkman, iPod or MP3 player) with you at all of your workout sessions. I know I do!
So there you have it - 4 great tips that will help you stay motivated throughout your workout sessions! Alright, go get them!