How to Keep Running While Avoiding Time Off

A problem a lot of people have with running is that they stop running but then realise weeks, months, or even years later that they’ve made a big mistake. They want to get back into running to help with their weight loss and experience all the other benefits that running provides.

So why does this happen? Why would anyone stop doing something that has such a positive impact on their life?

Well they may have distractions such as family problems, being preoccupied bringing up their children, or they have more work commitments.

They may just miss a few runs due to lack of motivation or injury but then struggle to get back into running.

Or they may get complacent. Plenty of people lose weight with running but then think “That’s great I’ve lost some weight” and they stop running. Usually they gain the weight back and have to start all over again.

I’ve had lots of people say to me that they used to run, they enjoyed it, they experienced some great benefits, but then they stopped running and went backwards. Now they want to start again.

The problem is that it’s very often difficult to start again.

You can remember that you were fitter before, that you were a better runner, that you weighed less…

And you know that it’s going to take plenty of time and effort to get back to where you once were.

Most people hate to think that they’ve lost some health and fitness and can’t bear the thought that they need to spend weeks or months getting it back.

It’s far easier to just keep putting running off because you don’t have to do anything, but then what happens? You just move even further away from where you want to go.

The good news is that you may have lost some, or most, of your fitness but you can still get it back.

The even better news is that it’s easier to get your fitness back than it is to build your fitness the first time around. Your body and your brain remember what you’ve done in the past and you’ll find that you get much quicker results.

The best thing to do though is avoid having this time off in the first place.

So how do you keep running while avoiding time off?

Well the first thing to realise is that it’s perfectly alright to miss the odd run if you’re tired, you’ve got an ache, or you’ve got some commitments that need attending to. However, try to make a conscious effort not to do it regularly and make it a habit.

After you’ve got into the extremely positive habit of running the last thing you want to do is break that habit. So the next time you think about skipping a run ask yourself if it’s an excuse or if it’s just complacency kicking in.

Aim to keep the momentum going with both your running and weight loss, rather than stopping running and going backwards with your health, fitness, and weight.

Also make running an important part of your life, rather than something you can drop out of your life as soon as something else crops up or you lose a bit of motivation.

Making running a priority will help you improve all aspects of your life. Yes you do need to invest some time into running but the physical and mental health benefits you get back from running make it more than worthwhile. They make the rest of your life easier.

When you’ve lost some weight with running don’t think that you can simply stop running and get on with your life. The weight will creep back on if you go back to your old lifestyle and you’ll end up right back where you started.

So do whatever you can to keep running…

Remind yourself that it’s far easier to keep going with your running than it is to stop running and pick it back up later on. Aim to keep going and keep improving rather than allowing yourself to slip backwards.

Running consistently is a great help because you get to experience more benefits of running which makes it easier to keep going and keep motivated. You gain a greater appreciation of the difference running makes to various parts of your life.

As a last thought, if you’re struggling to get back into running at the minute then remember this…

If you don’t get back into running then you’ll NEVER get your health and fitness back, and you’ll be missing out on an activity that makes such a difference to your weight and body.

The longer you leave it without running the worse it will get. Don’t waste any more time, get running now!


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