How Living Healthy is Alot Like Running

If you know me well, you know I don’t really care for running. Maybe it stems back from the only time I ever did athletics in jr high. I competed in track for 2 weeks and got last in the 2 mile run. That was the extent of my athletic career until I started going to the gym 5 years ago. But I am not going to sit here and try to play shrink about it. The point is I don’t do it often but lately I’ve been wanting some variety from HIIT cardio and been throwing a couple of jogs a week into my workout schedule. Today was one of those jogging days. So after my chest strength training workout I hit up the *gasp* shall I say it… dun dun dunn treadmill and jogged 4 miles.

As I was jogging I had a realization. Running is alot like living a healthy lifestyle. No the running hasn’t gone to my head… hear me out.

Sometimes I am motivated about running and sometimes I could care less about it even though I know doing it would benefit me. That’s how alot of people view living a healthy lifestyle.

When I do get around to my run, the first 2 miles are always the worst! I have to push myself and I am constantly looking at the time, my HR or how far I’ve gone. I can’t seem to find a groove.

Then somewhere around the 2 mile to 20 minute mark something happens. It’s like BAM my body gets into a groove, or as some call it a runner’s high, and I feel even more motivated to keep going. It’s like I got my second wind and it just gets easier.

Another thing I’ve noticed about my running is it’s easy to stop or sometimes my dang shoe strings come undone and I have no choice… but man it’s hard to get back into that groove once you start again. It’s like you have to go through warming up to that sweet spot again.

After being aware of the process of my job (mind you this is what mindfulness is and I highly recommend you learn it and practice it in all aspects of life. But that’s for another post) I realized that running was just like living a healthy lifestyle.

Living a healthy lifestyle and building habits, like working out and eating right, are always tough in the beginning. I don’t care how much motivation you have or how much you know about living healthy, it’s hard! It’s hard because we are creatures of habit. As much as you might not want to admit it, deep down we are just wired to fight change. Because it takes more energy to change and our bodies, especially are brains, like to take the least amount of energy possible to function. So we have to work very hard in the beginning to change our habits and our mindset. Yeah easier said than done but it can so be done! This is the first reason why people fall off track with living healthy. They give up before they are able to reprogram their unhealthy old habits into new healthy habits.

The second reason people fall off track with living a healthy lifestyle is alot like my problem with having to stop in the middle of my jog to tie my shoelaces. It’s so easy to stop but man it is so hard to get back on track. We tend to let one little thing sabotage all our hard work and we slowly or even quickly fall back into old habits. Alot like that damn stubborn shoe lace that keeps coming undone during my jog that is trying to sabotage my runner’s high! So how do you prevent this from happening? Sorry to burst your bubble but there is always going to be obstacles that come up but it’s up to you if you want to let them sabotage your hard work. One way to do that is to be mindful of these obstacles and be as proactive as possible! You have to be aware of your common triggers and obstacles and place plans in advance on how you are going to deal with them. This takes practice and consistency.

Even though it is hard to get started and easy to fall off track, nothing is better than the feeling of being fit and healthy. It’s alot like that runner’s high. You’ll feel better than you have ever felt before and it will make you realize how bad you actually felt all those years before. It’s a very liberating and rewarding feeling. It’s also lot like finishing a marathon. But the difference is when you are really living a healthy lifestyle it never ends. It’s a journey that lasts a lifetime.