As simple as running may be, it certainly isn’t easy. Especially when you’re a beginner. Here’s how to beat some common excuses.
THE EXCUSE: Working out hurts
Beat it: Tuning out can help you get through tough first workouts. Recruit a friend; watch a doco while you’re on the treadmill; listen to tunes. Focus on something other than just how your body feels.
THE EXCUSE: Everyone will laugh
Beat it: Everyone feels self-conscious at first. We get so caught up in the anxiety and fear of being negatively evaluated by others, but the reality is that people are way more concerned about themselves. Go to the gym or a track with a like-minded friend.
THE EXCUSE: No time
Beat it: Find the time of day when running is non-negotiable, says Paul. For many that’s the morning. “If you do it first thing, you don’t have time to think up an excuse,” she says.
THE EXCUSE: I was [injured, sick, busy].
Beat it: Let go of the past, and focus on what you can control today. Can you run today? Do it. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you can get back on track. Even if you took two weeks off.