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These are just some transformations I’ve observed in my Running Made Easy clients.

1. Strengthens your self-belief giving you courage to face other challenges.

If you’re like most people who don’t exercise, you are a bit scared of running, possibly terrified. You probably think you’d never be able to do it, it is scary. However, once you find the courage to take the first steps, get started, you will find that (with the right approach and support) you can do it – anyone can do it, there is no reason why you couldn’t do it – you’ll start realizing that many of your other fears are also unnecessary and you’ll be brave enough to face them, one small step at a time. You realise that you can achieve what ever you set your mind to!

2. Transforms your body

A lot of people want to start running in order to lose weight and yes, you will lose weight as long as you change your diet as well, but the true transformation is in how your body feels. Even if you don’t lose the weight, very soon after taking up running, your body will start feeling stronger, moving is becoming easier every day and you feel energized. There’s absolutely no better feeling that feeling strong, you’ll love it and you’ll love your new strong body, regardless of its size.

3. Improves your health

Exercise is essential for long term health and running is one of the best exercises for health, you only have to run a few times a week for 30 minutes (though you better start with a combo of walking and running) to get the benefits. Your risk of many serious diseases such as cancers, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis is lowered and your immune system will strengthen which means you won’t be catching colds as easily.

4. Improves your mental health

Running releases endorphins, which means it makes you feel happy! If you’re feeling down, there’s nothing better than a little run outdoors (it has been proven that running outdoors, or even just walking outdoors, is much more beneficial to your mental health than exercising indoors). Running is also a great way to release stress and even let go of anger or other negative feelings.

5. Changes your outlook in life

Runners tend be very positive people. Maybe it’s because of the above – running is a great way of letting off some steam. It is hard to feel nothing but positive after a run! When you first take up running, you will really notice the effect on your general outlook in life. I’ve seen many people go from being stressed and negative, perhaps feeling stuck, to more laid back, positive people who look forward to the future.

6. Changes your whole lifestyle

One of the greatest things I’ve noticed with my beginners is that running opens a door to a whole new lifestyle. People might come to me wanting to just start exercising, start running, but very soon they become naturally interested making other lifestyle changes too, such as eating healthier, sleeping better, learning to handle stress better, cutting back on your drinking etc. Their focus also tends to shift from being purely focused on weight loss, to being more interested in being healthy and feeling good.

7. Enriches your social life

Through running, you’ll meet new people and make new friends. You might not want to do that right now, but very soon you’ll realize that you’re not the only beginner, there are hundreds of people like you and it is great to connect, whether it’s through social media or in real life, and share experiences and support each others. Very soon, you might want to meet your friend for a run rather than a pint!

8. You will have new found respect for yourself

Once you reach that goal, or even when you find the courage to take the first steps, you will be so proud of yourself! You have achieved something you never thought was possible and you’ve done it all by yourself – no one else can get those miles in for you. Reaching your target means that you have put the work in, you have been consistent and you have prioritized yourself, made some time for yourself and for that reason, you will feel extremely proud of yourself.

Our next Running Made Easy Online starts Monday 13th October – get up and get running now, you won’t regret it! And you can do it, I promise!

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While Running Made Easy is aimed at complete couch potatoes, people who do not currently exercise, we do get a good few participants who have a little experience and don’t necessarily need such a slow and gentle introduction, sometimes it can even be frustrated to start so slow (while others really enjoy the opportunity to take it easy).

I’ve come up with a new Fast Track option for those who want to, well, fast track the course and skip the first few introductory weeks. This option is suitable for those with some running experience, previous Running Made Easy graduates, anyone who is already quite active and used to aerobic exercise or anyone who just likes to push themselves a bit more.

Your options are:

6 weeks – you can run for 1 min 30 seconds. Price €96/£78
5 weeks – you can run for 3 minutes. Price €80/£65
4 weeks – you can run for 5 minutes. Price €64/£52

For the rest of 2014 we have the following fast track courses available in Dublin:

22 September (Mon/Wed) Herbert Park, 6.30pm, Una – Fast track 5 weeks

29 September (Mon/Wed),  Malahide, 7pm, Jessica – Fast track 6 weeks
29 September (Mon/Wed) Herbert Park, 6.30pm, Una – Fast track 4 weeks
30 September (Tue/Thu) Phoenix Park, 7pm, Jean – Fast track 6 weeks
30 September (Tue/Thu), Blackrock, 6.30pm, Ruth – Fast track 6 weeks

6 October (Mon/Wed),  Malahide, 7pm, Jessica – Fast track 5 weeks
7 October (Tue/Thu) Phoenix Park, 7pm, Jean – Fast track 5 weeks
7 October (Tue/Thu), Blackrock, 6.30pm, Ruth – Fast track 5 weeks

13 October (Mon/Wed),  Malahide, 7pm, Jessica – Fast track 4 weeks
14 October (Tue/Thu) Phoenix Park, 7pm, Jean – Fast track 4 weeks
14 October (Tue/Thu), Blackrock, 6.30pm, Ruth – Fast track 4 weeks
29 October (Mon/Wed) Herbert Park, 6.30pm, Una – Special 6 week course

5 November (Mon/Wed),  Herbert Park, 6.30pm, Una – Fast track 5 weeks
12 November (Mon/Wed),  Herbert Park, 6.30pm, Una – Fast track 4 weeks

If you need help choosing which option suits you, you can always email us

 

 

Some time ago, I asked one of my online Running Made Easy groups to tell me what they love about running so far (it was there week 5) and here’s what the girls said (keep in mind that these are girls who just few weeks ago were couch potatoes who thought they’d never be able to run!)

Number 9 is my personal favourite :)

  1. It’s me time
  2. It clears my head
  3. It’s great stress relief
  4. It gives me more energy – better than any sugar fix, berocca or coffee
  5. The after-buzz
  6. The feeling of getting fit
  7. Feels like a huge achievement every time, every step
  8. I feel physically and mentally brighter afterwards
  9. It continues to surprise me how much I’m able to do despite how much I tell myself I can’t
  10. It makes me feel strong and healthy

What do you love about running?

 


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