Getting into running sounds like it should be easy. It doesn’t require a gym membership or any special equipment — you just lace up a pair of sneakers and hit the road. With so many physical and mental benefits, running seems like a no brainer.
The reality, though, can be much more challenging. Running is as mental as it is physical, so it takes a while to train your brain. In the beginning, you might feel tempted to give up, convinced that feeling out of breath means you can’t finish your run.
Luckily, there’s a solution. With the help of a few clever tips and tricks, you can convince yourself that you’re not just suffering through a few laps, but crushing your goals and becoming stronger in the process. From picking the right playlist to planning an exciting route, these nine strategies will help you fall in love with running.
Music makes everything better — especially a tough workout. Pop a few of your favorite songs into a playlist that you can listen to while you run. Make sure to choose some uptempo songs — research shows that fast-paced music motivates you to push yourself harder.
Don’t jump right into an all-out sprint. Start your run gradually by warming up with some jumping jacks or a slow jog. Not only do warm-ups literally raise your body temperature, but studies show that they can improve your athletic performance.
Stick to Your Pace
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