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reasons for not running

What are your Reasons for not running?

What are your Reasons for not running?


Often it’s our busy schedules or the weather that’s the perpetrator; while other times it’s merely that we can’t muster the motivation to get out there. Here are some of the most popular excuses for not running — and how to make sure you don’t fall victim to them.


“I Don’t Have Time to Run”
Lack of time is one of the most popular excuses for skipping runs. But squeezing in your running workouts may not be as impossible as you think. Instead of watching TV for 30 minutes, put on your running shoes and get moving. Or, divide your run up between the morning and evening. Your body still gets mostly the same benefits.


“I Get Bored Easily”
It’s easy to get stuck in a routine without even realizing it. We get comfortable running the same routes or even worse, run at length on a treadmill. I like to have 4 or 5 routes that I’ve mapped out to run. Then, within those routes, I can usually break it up into a few more by taking various side roads or running the route in reverse. My single most favorite boredom killer is running local 5k races. It not only helps you run new routes but running alongside other runners while running a new course will keep you motivated.


“I’m Just Not Motivated to Run”
Runners go through some periods when they’re lacking motivation. To defeat this here’s what you do. Ask yourself “why do I want to run?”. What’s driving me to do this and why did I start to begin with? You’ve made it to this blog, so you know the answer. When you know what your goal is, that burning “why”, you already have what it takes to motivate yourself to run. Use it! One smart way to get motivated is to run with a partner or running group. When you know other people are depending on you to be a running partner, you’re more likely to show up. And the friendly interaction and conversation that comes with group training, encourage you to stick with it.


“It’s Too Cold, Hot, Wet, Dry Outside”
It’s not that the weather’s too bad, it’s just that you didn’t dress for it. In other words, if you’re outfitted decently and equipped to handle less-than-ideal running conditions, you can still go for a run and actually love it. Get tips and safeguards to take for running in the extreme conditions.


“I’m busy With My Kids”
As a father, I know how tough it can be to fit in a run when you’re busy caring for your family. But it’s important for you and your kids that you take time to do something you enjoy and that makes you feel invigorated. Try to set a precedent in your life and be a little selfish. Schedule your runs and get your spouse on board so you get help with some of the child-care responsibilities. Get creative with your run. For example, if you’re watching your kid’s soccer game, run some laps around the field before or even during the game. It is perfectly possible to spend time with your family and run – you just need to be imaginative. Take the family to the park or green-way; you can run while your children engage in other activities.


So, if you think you are too busy, too bored or just have too many obligations, think again. Once you make time to run, you’ll notice that other areas of your life become easier and as a result, you will see the difference in a better quality of life.