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How to Run When You Hate Running
Unless you’re fortunate enough to have fallen in love with the sport, there are few words in the world that evoke greater feelings of dread. Is it any coincidence that this same word is used to describe the state of your nasal passages being congested, leaving you feeling lethargic and irritable?
But amidst the new normal, where we cannot take indoor exercises and classes for granted, there is no better time to add running into your fitness regime and reap the benefits of better cardiovascular health and even enjoy the elusive ‘Runner’s High’.
1: Start Small, But Do it Often
If we haven’t been running much, it will help to ease into things and avoid biting off more than we can chew.
From a psychological, physical and time perspective, it is easier to add a 15-minute run to your schedule each day, compared to doing one massive hour-long run, followed by being sore and unable to keep active for the next few days.
Gradually ramping up the intensity and distance of your runs will allow you to give your body sufficient stimulus to improve, while not causing the kind of suffering that would make you more likely to ditch your runs.
2: Combine Runs With Something You Enjoy
There are many ways to make your runs more pleasurable. You could jam to a specially curated playlist of upbeat tunes as you run – have you checked us out on Spotify?!
Or perhaps save your riveting audiobooks or podcasts for your runs. This way, you would look forward to your running sessions, if only because you get to enjoy auditory bliss as you pound the pavement.
Those who run on treadmills have an additional option of watching videos while they run, though we recommend you keep an eye on your pace and heart rate to ensure you are adequately challenged and get the most out of your workout.
3: Change Things Up to Keep Things Interesting
Adding variety is a great way to make your runs less monotonous. How can you get bored if every run is a new experience?
If you usually use the treadmill, head outside for fresh air and get some Vitamin D sometimes!
Instead of always using the running track to clock your distances, you could try park connectors for a traffic-free run surrounded by natural greenery.
For those who are already running around their neighbourhoods, trying out new routes would add inexhaustible variety to your workouts.
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