How to become a runner even if you hate running
There are two types of runners: those who have always loved running and those who used to hate it but took up the sport for some reason. It’s obviously harder to be the latter but these tips will hopefully help you become a runner even if you hate running now
I’ve always loved to run and I’ve always found it relaxing - I’m the person who can’t wait for spring to come because I just love to run outside… But I’m aware that I’m rare and not everyone is like me. I know a lot of people who force themselves to go for a run from time to time because it’s really good cardio, it doesn’t require any special equipment and also, it’s become quite trendy. Well, I’m no judge of how cool being a runner actually is but the health benefits are great so get over your hatred and try going for a run on a sunny afternoon.
1 It’s OK to start slow
First of all, starting out slow is a good thing - it will help you prevent injuries. Plus getting used to a certain type of exercise takes time so do not rush it.
2 Do not compare your pace to others
If you decide to run where there are other runners, it’s easy to compare yourself to them and say things like “He’s on his fifth lap and I’m barely surviving my second, I’m so bad at this” but that’s not the case. Everybody starts out slow since running a little faster and going a little further requires a certain level of fitness - but don’t worry, you’ll get there.
3 Get yourself a running partner
If you’re not in it for enjoying some alone time and clearing your head, try to find somebody to go with you. An experienced runner can help you get started and motivate you to be better while another newbie can support you and feel for you at the same time.
4 Try not to run on concrete all the time
Your body can be trained to run on concrete and a pair of good running shoes also helps but experts say (and I can confirm) that running on concrete or other hard surfaces are not that good for your joints and are believed to cause more injuries.
5 Try to do other forms of exercise
Even the most seasoned runners change up their exercise regime from time to time - go swimming, try spinning or playing tennis. The point is to do something different and changing things up a bit will help you avoid feeling like you have to run all the time.
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