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Refrain from Doing These 3 Things as You Begin Your Running Journey

Refrain from Doing These 3 Things as You Begin Your Running Journey

    The decision to become a runner can be very much like a New Year’s resolution. It is always made with the best of intentions but then withers away gradually as life’s many distractions get in the way. However, there are some distractions that one can consciously avoid which will prevent the withering of both your money, as well as your reasons for wanting to run.

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    1. Frivolous Spending on Running Apparels/Gadgets

    Some people make the commendable decision to start running. Instead of doing just that, they then channel their energy on what is the latest technology footwear or the foremost-advanced calorie-counting watch to buy. Such extravagant outlays not only put in doubt the true motivation for running (with obvious implications for its longer term sustainability), but are downright wasteful.

    Irrespective of the multi-billion dollar industry catering to his perceived needs, all a runner really needs is a pair of joggers which is not in tatters, an old T-shirt that you were planning to donate to charity and a genuine desire to also donate something worthwhile towards your own sense of well-being.

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    2. Subscribing to Running/Fitness Magazines

    For those who truly believe that being a runner requires so much more than just going out and putting one foot in front of the other, feel free to seek advice from appropriate sources. However, I urge you to think twice about paying good money subscribing to any of the running or fitness magazines out in the market. While most, if not all, of them do indeed provide sound tips, these are readily available on the Internet without costing you a cent.

    Furthermore, refraining from these publications allows you to distance yourself from the temptations of frivolous spending mentioned above—after all, who could resist those glossy advertisements featuring the latest Garmin GPS watch which can not only measure your pace in 16 different ways, but has enough computing firepower to launch you into space!

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    Most importantly, avoiding these well-intentioned magazines minimizes contact with influences which distract you from what running is at its core—a simple and natural act performed by man (and woman) since the dawn of time.

    3. Committing to Long Term Gym Membership Contracts

    Being a gym member is great for both general fitness and even social reasons. However, committing to an expensive long term membership contract so that you can begin running is akin to uprooting to Brazil so that you can begin learning Portuguese—admirable but not even close to being necessary.

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    There may be countless reasons to commence your journey as a runner in the gym e.g. treadmills are better for the knees, safer than being on the road, opportunity to cross-train, a motivating surrounding, etc. In reality, though, they are mere snippets of canned wisdom from those glossy magazines that I have already advised against subscribing to above. If you want to start running, just start running. Don’t complicate what is essentially a very primitive form of exercise by throwing your hard-earned dollars at it.

    Final Thoughts

    I’m not advocating a monk-like abstinence to the above-mentioned temptations when starting your runner’s journey. By all means, leaf through an occasional running magazine, browse the odd Nike catalogue and entertain some casual visits to the gym.

    However, keep this mind: running for joy usually begins with an innocent single step, motivated by an emotional yearning (health, solitude, mental clarity), and quietly builds from there. It rarely starts with a materialistic splurge, driven by superficial desires because, rather than building from there, it invariably descends into an “all form, no substance” chore. And as every passionate advocate knows, when it comes to running, substance trumps over form any day of the week, and twice on Sunday.

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    Last Updated on October 18, 2018

    30 Inspirational Songs that Keep You Motivated for Life

    30 Inspirational Songs that Keep You Motivated for Life

    Music is an amazing thing. The songs you listen to can change the way you see the world. If you need a little more motivation, besides checking out this motivation advice, turning up some of the following music is perfect!

    The right inspiring lyrics or motivational songs can give you a kick in the backside; provides a quick pick me up to motivate you to accomplish your goals; or just a reminder about appreciating the beauty of the world that we live in and provides that little lift that we occasionally need.

    Here is a list of 30 inspirational songs that will help you to stay the course and go for it:

    1. Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson

    “What doesn’t kill you makes a fighter”.  This song, performed by the American Idol Season 1 winner helps you to evaluate your life when something hasn’t gone your way. Learn from it and come back fighting so that you can reach the next level.

    2. Don’t Stop Believing – Journey

    “Don’t stop believin’. Hold on to the feelin'”. Remember when you started something new? How it felt? It’s not always going to be smooth, but remember what motivated you to start off, or how that relationship felt like at the beginning and strive to reinvent it.

    3. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

    “Don’t you know that there ain’t no mountain high enough. Ain’t no valley low enough, ain’t no river wide enough. To keep me from getting to you, baby”. Whatever your baby may be, it’s your goal. There may be obstacles on the way, but you can overcome them to reach that goal.

    4. Save the World – Swedish House Mafia

    “Who’s gonna save the world tonight? Who’s gonna bring you back to life?”. It’s down to you, motivate yourself to do what it takes to bring some activity back.

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    5. Skyscraper – Demi Lovato

    “Go on and try to tear me down. I will be rising from the ground”. If you are seeing obstacles blocking you, you can circumvent them and build back up. Life has it’s ups and downs and it’s up to you to build strong foundations so that you can continually build your own skyscrapers.

    6. Get up Stand up – Bob Marley

    “Get up, stand up: don’t give up the fight!”. It’s not over yet.

    7. You’re Beautiful – James Blunt

    “But we shared a moment that will last ’til the end.”.  When those moments happen, treasure them and remember them. You may need it one day to keep you going.

    8. It’s My Life – Bon Jovi

    It’s my life. And it’s now or never”. We only have one life, why procrastinate on the things that matter?

    9. Beautiful – Christina Aguilera

    “You’re beautiful. No matter what they say”. There’s something beautiful for someone in almost everything. Don’t focus on the negatives, focus on the positives.

    10. Tubthumping – Chumbawumba

    “I get knocked down, But I get up again, You’re never going to keep me down”. Persistence is important, take those setbacks into your stride. You’ve probably heard this inspirational song on countless sports shows. That’s how effective it is.

    11. Where is the Love? – Black Eyed Peas

    “Take control of your mind and meditate”.  Focus on your objective, don’t waste your energy on the things you can’t control.

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    12. You Gotta Be – Des Ree

    “Listen as your day unfolds. Challenge what the future holds”. Set your goals for the day and accomplish that challenge

    13. We are the Champions – Queen

    “And bad mistakes I’ve made a few I’ve had my share of sand kicked in my face – But I’ve come through”. We’ve all had bad days where everything feels like its on top of you, but think about how you’ve traversed through it and how you have learned from those lessons.

    14. Not Afraid – Eminem

    “We’ll walk this road together, through the storm. Whatever weather, cold or warm”. Not everything needs to be done alone, sharing your support to someone can help make their day.

    15. Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves

    This is just a great feel-good song.

    16. Harder, Better, Faster – Daft Punk

    “Work it harder, make it better, do it faster, makes us stronger;”. Working smart increases your output. Focus on doing it smart.

    17. Human – The Killers

    “Close your eyes. Clear your heart”. We’re all human, sometimes we need to take a bit of time to reset so that we can move on.

    18. Lust For Life – Iggy Pop

    “I’m worth a million in prizes”. Whatever motivates you, find that vigor that makes you feel like a million dollars.

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    19. Remember the Name – Fort Minor

    “This is ten percent luck, twenty percent skill, Fifteen percent concentrated power of will ,Five percent pleasure, fifty percent pain”.  Focus and work hard, it’s not going to be plain sailing, but if you want to reach your destination, you need determination.

    20. What a Feeling – Irene Cara

    “first, when there’s nothing but a slow glowing dream”. All your goals start from somewhere. Keep your eye on the goal.

    21. Imagine – John Lennon

    “You, you may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one”. Figure out what your dream is and strive for it.

    22. Perfect Day – Lou Reed

    “Just a perfect day, problems all left alone”. Take a break from your problems and take some time to enjoy yourself.

    23. Teardrop – Massive Attack

    “Most faithful mirror. Fearless on my breath”. Take a look at yourself and see if you’re heading in the direction you want. Make course corrections without fear.

    24. Don’t Worry be Happy – Bobby McFerrin

    “In every life we have some troubleBut when you worry, you make it double”. Bobby McFerrin’s inspirational 80’s song reminds us that everyone is worried about something, and we need to take time out to have some happy time.

    25. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life – Monty Python

    “If life seems jolly rotten, There’s something you’ve forgotten!”. Focus on the positives.

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    26. Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles

    “Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting”. Even if progress is slow, progress is still being made.

    27. Beautiful Day – U2

    “It’s a beautiful day. Don’t let it get away”. Celebrate your victories and achievements, no matter how small.

    28. Lovely Day – Bill Withers

    “When the day that lies ahead of me. Seems impossible to face”. Life sometimes seems impossible, but there is always a way, you just haven’t though of it yet.

    29. Stand By Me ~ Ben E. King

    “No I won’t be afraid. Oh I won’t be afraid”. That challenge may seem daunting, but don’t be afraid it. We have to overcome our fears and comfort zones to progress.

    30. What a Wonderful World –  Louis Armstrong

    “The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky”. Life is not in black and white, there is so much color out there to keep motivated for life. This song is terrifyingly inspirational when you consider how long this song has lasted.

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