How do I get myself to love running and physical activity?
October 1, 2013 7:38 AM Subscribe
I've been on a bit of a health kick lately--excercising, moving around, and trying to really improve the life I've been leading. I've also begun to run as well and even though I know it is good for him, I always balk, delay, or procrastinate when I know I should do it. After exercising I feel great. Awesome. Amazing. However, it is the initial thought of getting out there, that effort, that strain that prevents me from breaking inertia and actually getting out there.
posted by RapcityinBlue to health & fitness (34 answers total) 44 users marked this as a favorite
One thing i've started doing as someone with a literary bent is to read about running. Murakami's work on "What We Talk About When We Talk About Running" has been great in inculcating in me a sense of persistence and effort when it comes to working out. The idea of running with someone as of yet is scary as I am still terrible at it. I run for about 30 seconds, then stop, and then go again. And afterwards I feel exhausted and then great.
What did it take for you to love to run? What hurdles should I overcome? How can I become more receptive toward exercise and stop procrastinating when it feels soooo good afterward.
Before anybody responds with this object let me address it: Yes, I can do other just as beneficial physical activities such as basketball and tennis. However, I want to get into running because it is more readily available and easy to do without a partner or friend. It's something that I want to cultivate in myself, a healthy solitary habit.