People can underestimate how much the mind has to do with the body’s ability to do something. What is your real motivation for running and how does that motivation affect the results of your training?
Universal Motivations to Run
It seems that weight loss and getting into shape is a universal goal for the majority of people. One way to lose weight and get into shape for once and for all is through a serious running program.
Running, along with walking, are exercises that you can begin fairly quickly and easily. Notice that we didn’t say that weight loss would be easy to accomplish, but then nothing worthwhile ever is. But with a good pair of running shoes and comfortable clothing, you are ready to begin training for a lifetime of activity that you can enjoy.
You can get up from a relatively sedentary lifestyle and learn to run… and do it well. As a matter of fact, many folks who are new to running participate in a 5K run within the first few months they begin to run. For some, the possibility of crossing a finish line is the motivation they need to start running. Others just want to feel better and lose weight, but then find the camaraderie of the races fun and very motivating.
It’s time to get off the couch and find your own personal motivation. The next time you go to the park, take a look at people who are running. You’ll see that no matter what age, gender, shape, or size, everyone is represented out there on the running trail and each has a story to tell about why they started running, and why they keep running.
Determining Your Own Personal Motivation
Even though running is not hard to start, there has to be a reason to change from what you are doing (sitting on the couch perhaps) to something new and potentially life-changing. In other words, you have to find your heart.
Looking for your motivator may begin with common reasons like:
- Losing weight
- Getting in shape
- Improving your health
These are fine motivators, but they are not personal motivators; these are not your “heart.” What is going to get you moving and keep you moving are more measured and personal statements and not quite so vague. Take a look at what I hear from people I know about what they want from running:
- “I want to stop taking blood pressure medications.”
- “I want to reverse my Type 2 diabetes.”
- “I want to be around to see my grandkids grow up.”
- “I want to feel confident in myself and my body again.”
- “I want to attend my grandkid’s college graduation.”
- “I want to welcome my great-grandchild into the world.”
- “I want people I love to respect me.”
- “I want to feel like I did when I was a kid.”
- “I want to be an example for my spouse.”
- “I want to be an example for my kids.”
- “I want to be an example for my grandchildren.”
- “I want to walk my daughter down the aisle.”
- “I want to see my granddaughter in my wedding gown.”
- “I want to prove something to myself.”
- “I want to know what this running this is all about
Now, those statements are personal!
Some of these statements may even sound familiar to you. When looking for motivation, dig deep. When you have a concrete and specific reason for a change, it will propel you forward through the tough running workouts and help you reach the finish line every time. Might I add; if your personal reason to run brings a tear to your eye, even better. You’ve found the heart of your motivation.