So I just got back from a short run and feel great. I always kick myself because the hardest part about running seems to be getting out there. This morning I had all kinds of excuses and they usually go something like this below. I decided to respond to my own excuses as well.
–I have too much to do and not enough time to run.
Really? Is 25-30 min really going to set me back that much? Exercise helps our health and happiness which allows us to get the most out of life.
–I will just get to it later.
This never happens. When you identify a time to exercise, go for it. That way you won’t regret it later.
–I don’t want to overdo it.
Unless you are injured, a short run is more about getting outside and igniting your cognitive ability. Studies show our minds improve when we feed it with exercise and nature.
I could probably come up with plenty of other excuses. Instead, I decided to make my own list of 10 reasons that help remind me why I like to run. Now I will look at this list whenever I am trying to come up with reasons not to run!
1. Getting outside. The sights are endless depending on when and where you run, but the sun, trees, water, landmarks, trails and streams always make me smile. And they make plenty of ridiculous gear to wear even when it is cold. See below.
2. Running with music. I love it when one of my favorite songs comes on during a run. Coldplay and Killers might be on all my mixes. I love making running mixes too. Shocker alert.
3. Running with my dog Brooks. As you know from his guest post, he starts to practically do back flips when I put on my running gear. He usually looks up and smiles at me every 5 min or so during the run. The look usually says, “this is awesome, but let’s keep going.”
4. Passing other runners doing the same thing.
5. Having time to yourself or getting to catch up with friends if you run in a group. I have made some amazing friends over the years by just meeting people for a short jog.
6. The sense of accomplishment when you are done.
7. The energy you feel for hours after you finish.
8. Just feeling blessed that I have two legs to run on. We don’t have legs just to sit all day!
9. Usually I get to eat after a run which is always a plus. My reward this morning was an egg white omelet with feta! If there was a feta clinic, I would have to check in.
10. The idea that my short little run will allow me to live longer, set a better example and make a greater impact in our world.
So, what would your list look like? How could you re-frame your running or any other exercise to make it easier to get out there?