If 2018 is the year you decided to start running, we have a Motivate Wrap for you. In fact, we have a few! Sara Sellitto, one of our Momentum Ambassadors, is here today with a list of Motivate Wraps for new runners.
If this is the year that starting a healthy lifestyle has landed at the top of your to-do list, then I congratulate you! Making a lifestyle change, big or small, should always be celebrated. I understand first-hand how challenging it can be to change lifelong habits. Motivate Wraps have been there for me through it all—especially through running and fitness.
If you are new to running, or even if you are getting into fitness for the first time, have one (or more!) go to mantra can be a great motivator through trickier times. Here are some of my favorites that I think are particularly empowering:
Always remember to start your day with positive energy and a positive mindset. It can be as simple as switching "I have to workout today" to "I am so lucky I get to workout today." Flipping my perspective has helped me get to the gym when I wasn't feeling up to it, and it has motivated me through hard workouts when I didn't think I had the energy.
Walking into the gym for the first time our singing up to run a distance you've never done can be intimidating. Getting over the fear or uncertainty is the first step. Each time I sign up for a race, I get jittery inside with anticipation. Then I remember to take it one day at a time, put in the work, and enjoy the results that fall into place.
Stronger Every Day
While it's great to have big goals, make sure you have smaller goals, too. Then you can measure progress along the way. Increasing the length of your run by time or distance each week is a huge win—and definitely something to be proud of. Don't forget to celebrate the smaller victories along the way toward achieving your big goal.
Live With Passion
Make sure you choose an exercise you love. In the beginning of my fitness journey, I chose running because it was fun. It gave me a rush unlike anything I had ever done. A few years ago, I found weightlifting and cycling classes that brought on those same feelings. Whatever you choose to do, make sure you enjoy the activity and you'll likely stick with it longer.
Never Give Up
This will be hard sometimes. You will have days that you don't feel motivated, and your workouts will feel harder. You will want to quit, give up and walk away. I promise you—the days you push through it and do the workouts anyway are the days where you'll gain the most strength. Knowing that you stuck with it when it was hard will motivate you the next time things get difficult.
Now, you tell us! What Motivate Wraps get you through your toughest running workouts? Got any advice for new runners? Share that, too. For more from Sara, be sure to check out SaraLizabethFitness, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.