As you may know, I’m a personal trainer and I’ve always been passionate about fitness, especially running. In high school I participated in track and ran the 400 meters, 4×400-meter relay, and the 4×100-meter relay. I was also on the cross country team and ran the 5K. Running has always been a big part of my life, and it’s not only an activity that helps me stay fit, it’s my mental release, my time to think everything through, my time for me. Running is extremely therapeutic, it decreases stress and depression, and increases self-esteem. It’s a great way to feel free – free from obstacles and challenges that are often brought on by life. There’s a sense of freedom when you’re running. You can go where you want at the speed you want, and no one can hinder this freedom.
Running has also helped me achieve my weight loss goals, but I have definitely experienced ups and downs as it relates to my fitness journey. The last bikini fitness competition I competed in was in March of last year and I dropped to 135 pounds with only around 9% body fat. It was the smallest I’ve ever been in my life. I worked extremely hard to reach my goal weight of 135 pounds, but since then I’ve gained back 50 pounds. I never stopped running or working out, but I changed the intensity and level at which I was working out. That, coupled with stress and my love for food, definitely contributed to the weight gain. Don’t get me wrong, I know how to lose weight and I have the discipline required to reach my weight loss goals, I just have to zone in and get in the right mindset. And the time to zone in is NOW. No more excuses.
If you’re like me and want to transform your body and meet your weight loss goals, lace up your running shoes and start now. And if you’re looking for some new shoes, you should definitely check out the Triumph ISO 3 from Saucony. They are extremely comfortable with lots of cushion, but are still responsive and perfect for long runs. They’re also really stylish and feature a Marl design, the knit cotton fabric that creates the cool texture and grey color. Whether you’re new to running or a seasoned veteran, you will appreciate these shoes.
And for those who need help in the running department, hopefully these tips will help you stay motivated.
1) Run with friends
If you commit to a local running club or start running with friends, it will be really hard to make excuses when you don’t feel like running. Friends become a source of accountability and support and a continued reminder of the upcoming challenge. Think about what sort of person you would appear to be if you bailed or quit on your teammates.
2) Mix it up
It’s important to vary your training and have a good variety of running routes and types to keep it interesting. It also helps to mix running outside with treadmill running to take away the potential boredom of training.
3) Listen to music
Music has such a huge impact on how positive you think and how you feel so try incorporating music into your running routine to keep you moving. Create a playlist that will help you to push yourself a mile farther. Certain songs, beats or tempos can also motivate you to go a little bit faster.
4) Imagine the end result
If your goal is to lose weight through running, it really helps to imagine a swimsuit you wish to wear again or maybe your favorite piece of clothing. If you keep this image in your mind, it will force you to keep moving. Running will help you to feel and look better. Envisioning your fitter, trimmer self is a major motivator, so visualize how fabulous and lighter you will look and feel.
The best time to start setting goals and making them happen is NOW. Don’t wait and put off taking the steps that will help you achieve what you want in life. There’s no room for excuses if you truly want to change yourself for the better. So stop putting off until tomorrow something that you can do today. Let’s run our way to mental and physical health together.
This post is sponsored by Saucony.