Maruchy Lachance is president of Running Ninja!, a lifestyle brand for runners by runners. Running Ninja! offers a wide variety of apparel and gifts for runners to keep you happy and inspired while you’re on the run.
At a dinner party recently I hit upon a conversation with a friend who is an avid runner. I had been finding it a bit challenging to stay on track with my running schedule. After discussing it for a few minutes he paused and asked me if I was having fun. Faced with that question I soon realized that my favorite exercise felt more like a chore lately. Instead of looking forward to my morning run, I had begun to procrastinate before finally lacing up and heading out. The fun was gone.
That night I revisited my running routine and realized it had been two years since I had changed my route, and at least that long since I had changed out the music in my iShuffle. It was clear that my running routine was in a rut. The next day I decided I needed to recharge my routine. I visited the USA Track and Field website where they will map a walking, biking or running route for you.
Within minutes I had two new routes mapped out so that I could alternate them every other day. The next step was to update my music library. I dumped the old and replaced them with fresh and high energy songs.
Within days, my enthusiasm had returned along with a big dose of fun.
Taking ourselves and our exercise routines for granted is a quick way to lose motivation and momentum. Stay on track and keep the fun in your workout by trying some of these tips:
Update your workout wardrobe. Invest in performance fabrics and well-fitting workout shoes and clothes. Dressing for success is key.
Revamp your workout routine. If you are tired of your spin class, trade it out or alternate it with a kickboxing class. Or give yourself a week where you sample several of the routines available to you and adopt the ones you like the most.
Have fun! Remind yourself that exercise is not just about physical health and wellness, it is also a way to stimulate your mind and bring a positive attitude and energy into your daily life!
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November 6th, 2011