June 9th, 2008

Running Can Be Fun
Psyching Myself Into Running Regularly

I started running last week. I couldn’t sleep the night after the first run because my knees were in terrible pain. I need better shoes. I need to do this more than twice a week. I want to achieve a healthy, toned body worthy of a Nike ad.

No I do not enjoy running. I love strolling, yes, but not running. When I run, I don’t have time to take in the scenery, smell a flower, or notice a ladybird, nope, no time for that, I have to run. But running is free and an activity I can jump into without much planning – I don’t have to book a tennis court, check whether its a good time to drop by the public pool or find someone to play with. It’s also something I can do without worrying too much about how my bum would look like to the person behind me in aerobics class or accidentally letting out a loud one in the middle of a halasana.

Fart-Inducing Halasana or Plough (Plow) Yoga Pose

I will not wait for my muscles to atrophy to realise the importance of regular exercise. I do not need an unpleasant wake-up call to shake me into a healthy routine. I do not want to be in a position where I’d say “I should have exercised regularly then”. Until I find a more enjoyable way to keep fit, I will stick to running. No excuses. Health is not something I’d take for granted. It’s something I have to constantly work on because I am solely responsible for my body. I will not run away from my responsibility. Because of that I will simply RUN.

I just checked out The Fit Shack and coincidentally, my latest post is an exercise of the suggestions in JoLynn’s latest post. ;)

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I've heard bad things about running--that, as a high impact exercise it ultimately does more damage to your body than good, that it burns more muscle than fat, etc.--but, as you mention, running has a lot of things going for it. Even on a rainy day you can pick a spot in your house and run in place.
Christopher Waldrop  at 11:18 am on June 9, 2008
Now that you've mentioned it, I did have a problem with my knees before and probably need to switch to a low impact workout soon.
Ginger M  at 12:47 pm on June 9, 2008
Hi Ginger, Thanks for linking to my post on excuses! Yeah, all week was about that. :) I'm not a runner but I do really enjoy paced walking. I have to be sure that I have a good pair of shoes too though, otherwise one of my feet tends to act wonky. Congratulations on taking control and ramping up your fitness regime!
JoLynn from The Fit Shack  at 10:55 pm on June 9, 2008
[...] inform, and motivate). Steve is abstaining from the fast food and getting his cholesterol in check, Ginger shares that she’s bringing regular running back into her lifestyle, and Cindy helps you stay [...]
Fit Links and Weight Loss Success Stories at The Fit Shack | The Fit Shack  at 1:06 am on June 28, 2008

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