09 10 2014
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!
30 07 2014
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 🙂
- It’s me time
- It clears my head
- It’s great stress relief
- It gives me more energy – better than any sugar fix, berocca or coffee
- The after-buzz
- The feeling of getting fit
- Feels like a huge achievement every time, every step
- I feel physically and mentally brighter afterwards
- It continues to surprise me how much I’m able to do despite how much I tell myself I can’t
- It makes me feel strong and healthy
What do you love about running?
15 07 2014
Why do you exercise? Or eat healthy? Most people I see do so because they’re not happy with their bodies so they want to lose weight (97% of the people I see) or improve it in some way. Exercise is something that no one really wants to do but if you want a body you’re going to love, then it has to be done; same goes for eating healthy; it’s seen as a necessary unpleasant thing you have to do if you want to be slim. What happens when you achieve that goal? Will you still feel motivated to continue with your healthy lifestyle? Maybe this is at least part of the reason why diets and quick weight loss programs rarely work; because you’re motivated by your dislike of your body and once you start liking it, there’s no reason to ‘punish’ yourself anymore?
Exercise and eating well are good things, these are loving things to do that are going to make you healthier, stronger, happier, live longer, enjoy better quality of life… the list goes on. Healthy lifestyles is something you want your children to adopt because you want what’s best for them and you want them to stay healthy. Lying on the couch watching TV every night, stuffing your face with processed foods, take aways, alcohol, sugar… is not a way you’d treat someone you love; this is punishing your body; neglecting it, making it sick and lethargic. I doubt there are many (if any) people who really love their body, who are comfortable with what they’ve got with all their imperfections, who spend their evenings sitting on the couch. If you really love your body, yourself, it is impossible not to want to treat your body right; move and eat well.
How do you learn to love your body? The easiest, and quickest, way is to fake it. How do you think someone who loves their body feels? How do they move? What do they do? What are their priorities? What do they think? Think about someone with an amazing body – find a picture in a magazine or online of a happy, fit woman smiling – close your eyes and imagine being her. How would you feel? What would you do? What would you eat? How would you feel about being active? Keep your eyes closed and really focus on that feeling – feel it, as if you had that dream body right now. Stay with this feeling for several minutes, really feeling it in your body, in every cell.
Do you see the difference? Now that you really love your body, you want to move and eat well, don’t you? And you love it, it’s not a punishing chore but more like a treat – you are being good to yourself. You’re also not obsessive about your weight or what you eat: When you love your body, you’re able to have the odd slice of cake or an ice cream every once in a while without feeling guilty or going on a huge binge because you have a healthy relationship with food.
From this moment, keep that feeling of having that dream body with you, believe that you have it now, and treat yourself accordingly; your body is your temple. Every morning, close your eyes for a moment and get that feeling of having your dream body in your head before you get up to face the day. Every day, treat your body with the love and respect that it deserves and before you know it, you’ll be looking at your dream body in the mirror!