Whatever we do, no matter how big or small shapes us up as an individual. Likewise, running shapes up the bodies and minds of the runners, becoming the heart & soul of those who have the sport in their blood.
Running has a give & take relationship – let’s see how!
We typically visualize a runner as someone with a fit physique and outlook. However, all runners are not same – they have different bodies! Hence, becoming a runner requires a lot from your body, especially while initiating or returning after a break.
Developing a running habit may have varied impacts on your body. However, once you fix your thought on it & are ready to give it all, be convinced it will not leave without returning the favor 🙃
- Healthy body -> Less risk of diseases
- Stronger knees
- Enhanced stamina
- Strengthened bones
- Improved cardiovascular health
- Well-shaped and strong legs, hips, calves, thighs, abs, & shoulders
- Nay to extra calories
- Live more 😃
However, with running, you need to balance & focus on other activities as well. This could include exercises, yoga, indoor cycling, swimming, etc.
Well, for our body to say Yes to anything, our brain must support it. Therefore, a strong body won’t help unless you have a strong mind! Do you? Then, be prepared to embrace its gifts as well 🙂
- It will lift your mood & take all the depression away.
- It enhances the focusing skill of your mind.
- It helps you have a deep & peaceful sleep.
- It positively shapes your mind, which helps counter age-related cerebral degeneration.
- It grooms the brain in a way to reason sensibly in stressful situations.
However, how to build a strong mind & push a little harder for the next mile?
- Monitor your progress
Do it daily; even a 0.1% progress each day will boost your confidence.
- Visualize the outcome
Visualize the moment you just do it – sweaty face, fast breathing, cheering sounds, the road ahead but track behind – voila! Well, why just the outcome? Close your eyes & visualize the little progress you plan to make each day.
- Try a different perception.
Running won’t always be a pleasant experience – there’d be a pain! The pain would bring unpleasant thoughts, “I’m really not fit!” “It’s too hard for me!” “I can’t!” However, let’s this time tweak the sentences & see if it makes a difference – “I am building my cardiovascular strength,” “I’ll work hard for it!” “I can,” “My body burns as it is getting stronger!” Additionally, you may also assign yourself a success mantra. For instance, I have it in me, I am strong, I will evolve at each stage – physically & mentally, or whatever works for you.
- Divide & Conquer
Divide your workout/routine/preparation plan into smaller chunks. Focus on each piece & the associated mini goal rather than on the entire target in one go.
- Remember & Recall
Always remember your past experience in the right way, and recall your past runs & wins. If you have successfully gone 1 mile, no one can stop you from going 2!
Once your body & brain adjust to it, running can be a beautiful gift & infuse a feeling of freedom – enjoy the Freedom Run 2022!
Avani Raj Arora