If you are like most people, you want to be fit and trim, and be on a regular exercise program. You really want to get started running, but for some reason you just cannot get off the lazy boy and stick with a running program. I know that forming a new habit and changing your patterns of life can be difficult. This is true if you are trying to get into the habit of running, eating better, or forming some other habit.
I have showed you how long it takes to form a habit, but I want to give you some additional ammunition in the war to start a new habit. And it sometimes does feel like a war, but if you have the tools to fight, then you can be successful at forming a new habit of running as well as many other people. Here are some tips for beginner runners to form the habit of running for good.
Five Tips to Learn How to Get In the Habit of Running
* Give it 66 days – I showed you that in order to establish a habit, you have to give it patience. Try to give your running program a 66 day commitment. If you can follow the 8 week running schedule that I wrote, then you will have formed a habit of running after completing the program.
* Establish a daily routine – I recommend that you work some exercise into your schedule 5 or 6 days a week. for some reason, I think that it is actually easier to have the routine of working out each day than to just do it a couple times a week.
Keep in mind that I do not want you to run every day o the week though. Limit running to three or four times a week, and walk or do other cross training on your off days.
* Be a Morning Person – I have read that those who running the morning tend to have a more regular routine, and miss less days than those who workout later in the day. This only makes sense, because life, work and busy schedules can get in the way of your running program once the day gets started. If you are not a morning person, check out this post on how to get up in the morning to go for a run.
* Know the Reason You are Starting a Running Program – Running is difficult, and you will see some challenges along the way. One major key to starting a new running program is to know why you are doing this. Are you running to lose weight? Are you running for the health benefits, or to improve your quality of life? Or maybe you want to compete in a local race. Give some thought to this question of ‘Why am starting a running program?”. Then, once you figure that out, consider posting that reason on your refrigerator or somewhere you can see it every day.
* Understand Your Goals – I have spoken about goals before. And I have noted that having running goals written out and posted in a place for you to see will help you continue to push through when you are feeling down. If you have not written your running goals before, then go ahead do it.
What do you think?
What do you think is the time needed to start a habit?