Little Motivation Hacks That’ll Help You Make Time For That Run, Every Time
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We get it, you’re busy. Work’s hectic, the house needs cleaning, there’s three different birthday events on this weekend and oh crap you were meant to bake a cake for one of them.
When you’re short on time, fitting in a run on top of everything else might feel like a challenge. But reality is that you’re never actually “too busy” to get your heart rate up – in fact, one of the great things about running is that it can be done whenever and wherever you want, however is the most convenient for you. Unconvinced? Here’s a few tried-and-tested ways you can make time for that run, every time.
#1 Keep It Short And Sweet
Fun fact: not every run has to be a marathon. If you only have a spare 20 minutes to get out there – or, hell, even just 15 – that still counts. You still did the thing.
Set yourself a distance target that you can tackle over the course of a month, like the folks doing the Nike Go More, Get More run challenge, and you can chip away at the big goal slowly. Even if it’s real, real slowly.
#2 Go With A Friend
This tip is an oldie, but a goodie. It’s a lot harder to bail on your run plans when you’ve got a friend counting on you for company. The NRC App even lets you “create a challenge” to really lock them down. Plus, if you go with a bud it’s a social engagement as well an exercise sesh – multitasking, yo.
#3 Put It In Your Diary
You know how you always make time for the dentist or those meetings that really could have been an email? It’s not because you desperately want to, it’s because the appointment is locked and loaded. The same logic can be applied to going for a run: plan your day around it and ye shall go.
So, open up that calendar – on your phone, laptop, in a diary, or on the wall (old school!) – find your free windows and schedule in some dates with the pavement. With reminders.
#4 Rise And Shine
One magical way to find a bunch of extra time in your day is to — surprise! — wake up earlier. Get up and at ‘em before 7am and, odds are, you’ll have time to go for a run before life gets in the way.
Exercising first thing in the morning also floods you with feel-good hormones called endorphins and supercharges your energy, which means both your body and brain get a very happy start to the day. Honestly, it’s the best.
#5 Go To Sleep Ready
On that, if you plan to run first thing in the morning, really plan it. Get everything you need for your run (gear, water bottle, headphones) ready before you go to sleep and leave it at the foot of your bed or in front of your door. Not only will it make getting out the door a breeze, but, if you don’t go for the run, you’ll be faced with the inconvenience of having to put everything away again. Which, really, is not a good use of your time.
#6 Bribe Yourself
Is going for a run after work a good enough excuse to shout yourself rice paper rolls on the way home? In my house, yes.
If you feel like you’re too busy for a run, see what you could outsource from your to-do list to save time – be it buying dinner instead of cooking it, catching an Uber instead of getting public transport, or hiring a cleaner instead of scrubbing the shower yourself – and reward yourself with it. Because getting takeaway and the smug satisfaction of having exercised is a pretty good deal.
#7 Use That Lunch Break
Ah, lunchtime, that paid hour-long break you get every weekday. You could go and eat your weight in schnitzel at the pub or you could put it to good use and hit the park for a few laps. Choose wisely.
#8 Remember That You Have As Many Hours In A Day As Beyoncé
…and it’s up to you how you use them.
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