I get it. Most people hate the thought of running…let alone actually doing it.
I was one of them.I thought running was too difficult. Too boring. Too exhausting…and ultimately too impossible for a fat guy like me to sustain for any significant length of time (i.e. anything longer than running to refrigerator during a commercial break).
So many of us had traumatic memories of running early in our lives. Maybe it was running in youth sports conditioning drills (or as discipline for screwing up) or completing the dreaded mile run in gym class that turned you off from the exercise. For us fat guys, those experiences showcased just how slow and out-of-shape we were and created a mental trigger that running is one of the worst activities on the planet.
Let’s take a look at some common reasons that deter fat guys (and many others) from running.
Reason #1 “Running is Boring”
Yes, there is an element of repetition in running. There’s only so many ways you can put your right foot in front of your left, and vice-versa. So how do you make running interesting?
Get off the treadmill and explore. Whether it’s running the sidewalks, or greenway trails, of your town/city, or finding a new state or city park, experiencing an area by foot provides a brand new perspective of an area for runners. And for us fat guys, the slower you go, the longer you get to experience that new perspective…and search out new local restaurants/bars to check out post-run.
In-race entertainment is also effective, especially when you’ve exhausted the number of new routes available to your locale. Whether it’s music, podcasts, radio broadcasts, audio books, or something else coming out of your earbuds, finding some form of media that will take your mind off the fact that you are running or one that will motivate you to get to the end of the workout. Personally, I prefer Fantasy Football podcasts…they get me thinking about strategic plays or trades to win my leagues and get my mind off the actual running.
Reason #2 “Running is Too Hard”
Here’s the thing…it’s not THAT hard.
Every able-bodied person CAN run. Unlike swimming, ice skating, or rock climbing, there is no talent or technical know-how needed to perform the movement. It’s the most simple form of exercise in human history. Put one foot in front of another…and repeat.
We prove that it is possible on a daily basis. Running for the bus, running in a pickup basketball or kickball game, running to get out of the rain, etc. We CAN run…we just don’t want to.
For me, I took little issue with exercising in general. I would get on an elliptical, use the stationary bike (especially the reclining ones), or play sports fairly regularly. I was used to sweat and accustomed to working hard. But that running thing…no way I could do that…right?
I was very wrong…and you may be too. Just takes busting through that tainted mental memory block first.
Reason #3 “I Don’t Have the Time to Run”
How many times do we hear, or say, one of the following:
I don’t have the time…?
There’s not enough hours in the day?
I’m too busy?
It’s true. We are all busy in our own ways. Maybe your day involves kids, work, errands, school, homework, chores, making food, and likely a host of other possibilities.
Any kind of exercise or training takes time. Maybe a minimum of 30 minutes per workout day…and longer if you are training for…I don’t know…a marathon? That’s dedication.
But let’s dive a little deeper than “I’m busy.” What do those hours and minutes truly entail? Are you spending significant time each day watching television, surfing the internet, or monitoring social media? Do you have an hour to fit in before work or after work? Can you be more efficient with other time obligations in your schedule?
Personally, I have found scheduling decisions in my daily routine are based far more on how much I “want” to spend time doing that activity. Somehow, I can always find the time to fit watching football and eating (at least) three meals a day into my schedule despite how “busy” I am. Once running became something I “wanted” to do, I quickly found the time for that as well.
For me, I “wanted” to run to achieve my goals. Maybe for you, that reason is completely different. Heck, maybe you don’t want to run at all, but let’s cut the crap. “Busy” is just an excuse.
What reasons are standing in your way from running? Or from achieving any other goals or dreams? Leave your comment on this blog post or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.