Staying motivated to run (or exercise in general) can be hard anytime of the year. But, in the middle of winter when summer is still far away can be even harder. If your new years resolutions have taken a back seat to everything else in life and you are needing something to get you going again, check out this list for some great ways to get your motivation back.
Set a Goal: Without anything to work towards, it can be easy to let your exercise habits fall to the wayside. It can be something as simple as wanting to exercise for a certain amount of time each day, a vacation you want to loose weight for, or that you want to run a race in a few months. Whatever it may be, write it down and keep a record of your progress. If you don’t have anything to work toward, it is easy to lose motivation.
Find a Running Buddy: Having someone to run with can make all the difference. If you are planning on waking up every morning to run on your own, it is a lot easier to turn off your alarm and go back to sleep than if you know you have someone that is counting on you. Having a friend to exercise with is a great way to encourage one another and push each other as you run.
Reward Yourself: It might be chocolate, or a new pair of shoes, whatever it is have a reward set for yourself. Having something to work towards can help get you motivated to get moving. Have a set amount that you want to run each week and if you meet your goal reward yourself that weekend with something small.
Start Out Slow: Sometimes starting back into running or any exercise routine can be discouraging. Don’t expect to be able to run 10 miles right away. Take your time getting back into a routine and start out small. If that means you only run a couple miles your first week, that’s great! Give yourself a pat on the back and keep moving forward. Having high expectations in the beginning can demotivate anyone pretty quickly.
Exercise is so important for your overall health, and it takes hard work and motivation. Sometimes getting back into it can be the hardest part, but you can do it. If you are suffering from foot pain that is keeping you from running, don’t wait any longer to see Dr. Evan Merrill. Being a runner himself, he knows the pains and struggles that come with running and your feet. At Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle we are here to help you and get you back to running in no time. Make an appointment today by calling 541-776-338 or by filling out our online form.