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These 25 Tips Will Make Running Much Easier

These 25 Tips Will Make Running Much Easier

Would you like to improve your running skills? Simply by regularly running or jogging, you can reduce the risk of various illnesses, including heart disease, while burning calories and maintaining a good mood.

Whether you are a seasoned pro or a nervous beginner, running tips and advice can always help improve your mind-set and technique.

Check out the 25 useful running tips to help you stay motivated while improving your technique.

1. Be progressive

Don’t train too hard too fast, or too much, as both can injure your body. This running tip is true for both beginners and pros – know your body and push yourself without hurting yourself.

2. Squat for a better technique

Squatting can help runners to improve mobility, putting your joints in a more stable, strong position while you run. Try squatting with your feet shoulder-width apart, while your behind is just above the floor, a couple of times a day, for a minute at a time.

3. Stay hydrated

Always stay hydrated while you run. Bring a water bottle with you for shorter runs, and consider a sports drink if you’re going for a long run. Try to make sure you take a drink every 15 minutes or so.

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4. Try a running partner

While some people prefer to run alone, for others a running buddy can help make running a much more enjoyable experience. A running buddy also helps make sure you run – even if you don’t enjoy it at the time.

5. Take vitamins

Running regularly can put stress on your body, and taking vitamins will help aid your body’s recovery. Try taking one in the morning with your breakfast to help maintain a routine.

6. Take a cold bath

If you dare, try taking a cold bath instead of a warm one after your next work out. Having a hot bath straight after a workout can cause the micro-tears in your muscles to bleed out, increasing any soreness you feel. A cold bath is great for your immune system and helps to flush lactic acid out of your muscles, so if you’re feeling brave, try jumping in one for five minutes after your workout.

7. Run on soft ground

If you can, try to run on soft ground. Running can cause problems for your joints, and a great way to reduce that risk is running on softer ground so your knees get a break.

8. Snack after your run

Running uses up your energy and can leave you feeling slightly light-headed after a workout. Combat this feeling by having a snack, such as a banana, to give you an energy boost while helping you recover as quickly as possible.

9. Breathe slowly

Breathing is one of the number one issues for intermediate and beginner runners, so this is one of the most useful running tips. By breathing so much oxygen in so quickly, not all of the CO2 is able to leave your lungs, so your lungs receive less oxygen. Try to relax and breathe slower.

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10. Push yourself

When you run regularly and often, you can become demotivated and stop pushing yourself forward. Competing in marathons or joining a running club can help you to train hard and enjoy your running.

11. Try a different environment – Hills

A good way to improve your stamina and strength is to run on hills and mountains. The uphill terrain will use more energy than a run through the streets, improving your lungs while strengthening your muscles.

12. Keep a record of your running

Keeping a diary or calendar tracking your runs and distances has lots of benefits; you can see your progression, which motivates you to keep running while helping you to push yourself.

13. Invest in trainers

Bad trainers can cause serious damage to your back, feet and joints later in life, so it is wise to invest in a good pair. Don’t just buy the most expensive pair you can find – do some research and find the pair that are perfectly suited to you.

14. Speed up the second half of your run

To switch your exercise routine up, try timing the first half of your run, then trying to beat that time during the second half. This gives you a huge psychological boost while pushing your body physically.

15. Push your chest forward

When running, try to imagine you are being led by your chest. This reduces the chances of you running with your shoulders hunched over, which makes it harder for you to breathe properly, while putting strain on the neck.

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16. Switch up your run

One of the most helpful running tips is to embrace variation. If you always run the same route, try a different path every so often. If you run a route that is hard on one leg, always running the same route increases the chance of damaging that leg. Trying different routes can keep running interesting and fun, while also being good for your body.

17. Stay in the moment

While you run, try to only focus on the mile you are currently running. Thinking further ahead can demotivate you as it can seem like a lot of work. Try to live in the moment and you could find yourself really enjoying your run.

18. Create a mantra playlist

Come up with a few short phrases that motivate you to exercise and push yourself. Repeat them every few minutes in your mind to keep you running without slacking.

19. Make sure sleep is a priority

Many people run first thing in the morning, which is a great time to motivate yourself to go for a run. However, make sure your running time isn’t cutting into your sleeping time. Being well rested improves performance and helps recovery time, so make sure to get a good night’s sleep beforehand.

20. Take five minutes after a run to do nothing

Most people have other things to do after a run. However, going for a run will deplete your energy. Try taking five minutes afterwards to actively rest, so you feel more prepared for the other things you have planned.

21. Listen to music while you run

Although some runners prefer silence when they run, others often find music is beneficial to their run. Whether it is rock or classical, music can help motivate you to keep going, while distracting you from any tiredness that you may feel.

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22. Make sure iron is in your diet

Runners often struggle with iron deficiency which can leave you feeling tired and drained. Make sure you have enough iron in your diet by stocking up on iron filled foods such as dark meats, eggs, fish and kidney beans.

23. Clear your mind

Trying to change your running style can often make it worse. Studies have consistently shown that enforced changes while running can make the runner less efficient. Clear your mind and let your body find its own way to run.

24. Try lunges

Practice lunges to help you raise your knees as you run, reducing your chance of injury while improving some of the main muscles you use to run.

25. Run on your forefoot

Running can be very hard on your joints, especially the joints in your heels. Teach your body to land on your forefoot with this running tip – draw a line of chalk on the floor, then practice jump-roping on the line with one foot, while landing on your forefoot.

Were these running tips useful to you? Comment with your own below!

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Amy is a writer who blogs about relationships and lifestyle advice.

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Last Updated on October 20, 2020

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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