8 months, 244 days, I’ve been running regularly now for a healthier, better life. Last year June when I could barely run, when jogging was synonymous to brisk walking, getting up early morning meant half hour walk on road and running was off my radar. But past is history now and today I am actively running, gets up every day at 5 without a miss, exercise regularly and make sure that i practice the same for rest of my life.
I managed to bring this change by motivating myself to not to stop and keep running for a better tomorrow and that’s how I never gave room for laziness to get heavy on me.
Is it hard to believe but we squander half of our time thinking about the future none has seen and the remaining half whimpering for all the wrongs happened in past and literally, forget to live in the moment. One should make every day count as if last.
This post talks about the various do’s and don’ts one must follow for healthier and better tomorrow. The list is about small steps one must take to keep oneself motivated for every day running.
Start slow: Do not run for hours on your first day. Start slow, half an hour brisk walking initially followed by a good ten minutes of running continued for a week or for a month will act as a great energy booster and will make you relax. Start slow, it will definitely help you atone your mind and body.
Breathe through your nose not mouth while running: While running, breathe through nose and not through your mouth. Let morning’s fresh air gush into your lungs through nose. Breathing through mouth will make you tired after sometime.
Drink water 30 minutes prior to running: keep yourself hydrated. Drink enough water 30 minutes before you start running.
If Morning’s makes you lazy, run eastwards to catch the falling sun: if you are nocturnal and is impossible for you to wake up before sunrise, practice running during sunset. But remember, sun never skips to rise and is never lazy. Learn from nature.
Every step is a milestone: make a target to run 5, 10, 15 …35, 45, 60 minutes on regular basis and try to improve gradually. Regularly update your progress report. Reward yourself with a day off on weekends.
Remember, even god rested on the seventh day after creating the world.
Eat nutritious and healthy food after running and consume enough water whole day: one must have a wholesome breakfast after jogging and exercise. Drink enough water throughout the day. Chow oats, fruits, cereals or egg in morning and avoid tea, bread, biscuits etc.
Follow the rule of 21: Do not give up after running for few days. Be strict to yourself. Remember during school days, how we used to get up every day early morning to avoid missing the class. Be what you were during school today. At least schools taught us how to be disciplined. Bring discipline in your life.
The rule of 21 says if you are into something for 21 days continuously, you may continue to do the same activity for rest of your life. Try implementing the same in your daily running. If you are able to achieve this, you will never stop running and be the next Forrest Gump.
Good night sleep is very essential for healthier mind and body: sleep early to get up early. I wake up every day at 5 in morning. I am not sure but doing this keeps me calm and vigorous the whole day.
Eat light the previous night: do not assume this is your last meal. Underfeed yourself and be contented for what you had. Eat heavy during the day.
Follow a new route, a new track: Very important, follow a new track after few days. Human mind gets easily bored walking on the same route day after day. Find a new route to conquer your mind.
Do not consume food 30 minutes before running: Avoid eating or drinking (except warm water or energy drink) before hitting the road.
Do not shy away from running: forget about what people will say while you are running. Be focused.
Do not hit the bed post jog: Avoid falling asleep post jogging. Freshen up, have a healthy breakfast to start your day.
Keep yourself motivated to run daily else, wait for the day when you’ll start running for regular checkups to your family doctor.
Only by following these lessons, you can cut down your doc’s salary.
Stay fit, stay healthy!!!