Among all the possible resolutions in the world, one of the most popular is to workout more often. Okay, before you think to yourself “not this again,” give me a chance to explain. I get it. You’re a busy person and have a lot of other things to do, but is it really that hard to dedicate 1 hour every day to something like running? The answer is “not really.” Running can actually be a habit that is easily maintained once you figure out what “type” of runner you are. Let’s jump right in and check it out below!
1. First off, do you like to run with others or in solitary?
Let’s run as a group! Are you someone who always plans in advanced, but when it comes time to actually doing it, you end up putting it off? If so, running with friends is the perfect fit for you! Running with others will help keep yourself accountable so there is no “I’ll start tomorrow instead” excuse. Or if you are a competitive individual, running in groups may also be a good option for you. In groups, it is very likely that there is someone better than you, which will actually push you to become a “new and improved” version of your previous self.
I think I prefer to exercise alone. For all of the lone wolves out there, you might prefer to run alone for several reasons. One of them might be that you are such a busy bee that coordinating your schedule with others may prove to be too big a challenge. If that is the case, running alone may be much more convenient for you. On the other hand, self-motivated individuals can also choose this option because you don’t need anyone to push you. As an overachiever, you can do it all on your own!
2. Continuing on, where are some good places I can run?
The gym seems good enough for me. Sometimes, gym memberships can be worth it. Running on a treadmill can be boring yes, but you can personalize your workout in many ways simply by adjusting settings such as speed, time, intensity, and elevation. This keeps everything varied and the once boring workout can become much more fun instead. If you are a “numbers person” and like to track everything that you do, treadmills are also a good option because you can track your progress every step of the way.
Why bother when you can simply run around the neighborhood? I couldn’t agree more! For all of you aspiring runners out there, this is one of the most convenient and budget-friendly options you will find. Walk out of your house or office and there is a sidewalk. However, there are some other things that need to be considered as well. It is very possible that the hard concrete surfaces may hurt your joints due to impact or that moving vehicles may make the run a bit more inconvenient and dangerous than you may have expected.
I love a good scenic run! Nothing makes a run more enjoyable than beautiful scenery. Compared to the rather lifeless run you can get in the gym, running on the beach with your toes in the sand can seem much more pleasant. Not only can you take “pretty pictures” for Instagram, you can also burn more calories when running on sand. For all you social media users out there, this is a good opportunity to stock up on photos to post while getting in a good workout as well!
3. Lastly, let’s determine if you’re an early bird or a night owl.
I can’t wait for the day to start already! You are a person who doesn’t need coffee and will automatically get up when the sun rises. Running at this hour of day can have many benefits. Not only will you feel more energized and have better mental processing skills, you will also have less of an appetite throughout the day. For the readers who are also attempting to lose weight, this proves to be a good option because you may end up eating less during each meal and eventually get the body that you desire!
It’s already 3 AM, but I am more awake than ever! Running at night also has its own set of perks. If you find yourself having trouble falling asleep, you should opt to run at night. Contrary to the popular belief that exercising may prevent you from falling asleep, the truth is that it may actually help you fall asleep and increase your energy levels when you wake up the next day. Not to mention, running at night is a much “cooler” option than during the day.
Now that you know all the “ins and outs” of running, I can’t wait to see you in action. Let’s take that first step—both literally and figuratively—towards a healthier and more active lifestyle!