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3 Ways to Tackle a Running Habit

By Genevieve Cunningham

Do you love to run? There seem to be two very distinct kinds of people when it comes to running. The lovers and the haters. There are definitely those who love to pound the pavement. They love the challenge, the sweat, the sound -- all of it. And then there are those who wouldn't run if their life depended on it. You probably know people on both sides of the coin. But then there's one more group -- the group that doesn't love running, but would be all too pleased if they could learn to love it. They want to run, but they just haven't found that internal push. If this is you, there's hope! If you would like to start (and stick with!) a running habit, take a look at these tips to help you get moving. 

Join a Group

Everything is a little bit easier when we're not alone. If you want to run, consider joining a running group. You may be able to find a good group online, or if you can't find an existing group, ask some friends if they'd like to run together. You can set goals, push each other, and keep each other motivated. If you're one who likes company for workouts and challenges, a running group may be the perfect option for creating this new habit. 

Sign Up for a Race

Sometimes we need something concrete to look forward to in order to make a habit stick. Luckily, there are races just about every weekend. Find a race -- perhaps a simple 5K -- that has a meaning that speaks to you. There are runs that raise money for cancer, poverty, various diseases, and other causes. There are races that are nothing but fun -- holiday runs, runs at local fairs, and similar races. Choose one, sign up, pay the fee, and start training today. 

Do It For Fun

Not everything has to be serious, and creating a running habit can certainly be on this list. If you want to create the habit, then just run for fun. Choose a new trail and go for it. Take some friends. Switch between running and cycling to keep it interesting. You don't have to run races, meet any particular times, or beat anyone else. Just run as long as it feels good and trust that a little fun is enough to make the habit stick. 

Running is a good habit. It helps us stay in shape, lose weight, build endurance -- and it just feels good. Use these tips to create a running habit for yourself, and you'll be loving the habit and the boosts to your health in no time at all. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in West Covina, Calif.

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