Here are my 4 keys to harnessing your inner runner:
1 -Start the conversation in your head
First and foremost it starts with desire. There are plenty of options for healthy-safe and suitable forms of physical activity for all persons regardless of ability, period. Swimming, aquatic activities, walking, movement, etc... are just many physical means. Personal health is an individual's choice and individual condition. SO, ask yourself - "Am I able to run for exercise considering my past and present physical conditions and experiences?" If so, where do I picture myself running? Why do I want to run? For me my primary drive for wanting to run is due to the primal instinct of survival.
2 -Gain Inspiration & Motivation
I placed pictures of women athletes all over my fridge and alter space. I had been feeding myself this positive imagery for several weeks. The final piece to my "I'm a runner" journey was watching THIS Kute Blackson video below.
3 -Buy Some Running Shoes & clothes that you LOVE!
Searching for a good deal, I unknowingly discovered the perfect running shoe because I am a loving member of The Cylmb.com. I wore and broke my shoes in first while working. Just wearing them made me think of running and feel like running. Later, I ventured to discount stores and happened to have noticed two pants that caught my eye. I bought them; they inspire me to run. When I wear them.. I already feel like I am that much quicker.. eager to run. I'd take short burst of running here and there feeling my heart. But before I hit the road there was one last thing I had to do......
4 - Make a Soundtrack, i.e. MOTIVATION MUSIC.
I don't care what kind of media you use and I don't care what kind of music gets you pumped up, but please compile a list of motivational music for yourself. I generally compile a list of songs within the time range I want to exercise for. For example if my goal is to run/jog for 15 minutes then I compile a single playlist with just enough songs to add up to about 15 minutes in duration. That way when the last song ends I know I have completed my mission for the day.
It doesn't matter how long I run or how fast or where, but what matters is that I show up and go. What matters is that at 32 years old I can finally say "I run" and feel great about myself as well as be proud of myself for doing so. And hey, if shit goes down.. well, I've just increased my chance of survival.
Is YOUR inner runner waiting to be called upon?