Find your inner athlete

Running should be such a simple task, its just one foot in front of the other – but I know many people who dread the idea of it or find it difficult. So, I want to inspire those and give you reasons as to why you should learn to love running!

I’ve realised its alway hardest to get started and get motivated ! I sometimes dread the idea of getting up to my alarm and putting on gym gear!! However once I’m out in the fresh air, the endorphins kick in and I become determined to run further and faster than last time.

Running was my saviour from my awkward, chubby teenage stage in life and once I started doing it, it became more and more addictive because I realised it wasn’t only keeping me physically fit and healthy but was also helping me feel better.

So I really encourage you, even if you don’t think you’re a runner, you need to consider starting soon. If you ignore how quickly you get out of breath the first time, practice makes perfect and the more you do it the easier it will get. You’ll be amazed at how quickly your body loves you for it, as you quickly reap the benefits.

You’ll soon learn to love it for all these many reasons:

  1. The most obvious – Get fit, toned and have lean legs in no time. Running is one of best cardio exercises to shed calories, but it also works your entire body, from your legs to your core. So with a healthy diet and a mixture of sprints and long distance running your body will start to show off the effort you’re putting in.
  2. Run away from stress, Endorphins are released quickly whilst running, so you’ll feel better, happier and forget your worries.
  3. Get an energy boost, Sometimes your mind is telling you you’re tired, when really your body is fine, I often feel tired when I haven’t been active for a while, but if I force myself to the gym I’m suddenly surprised at the amount of energy I have and end up feeling great after!
  4. Improve posture and strengthen your core, like I said running works you’re entire body.
  5. Jam out, have fun and listen to your favourite tunes whilst getting some fresh air, you’ll feel the endorphins in no time
  6. Clearer skin – the fitter and healthier you are the more your skin will glow
  7. Sweat out toxins – get rid of all that sugar you’ve been eating, the alcohol you drank the night before, and sometime when recovering from a cold an easy jog can be good for it
  8. Socialise, go running with your friends, your mum or even your dog
  9. Increased confidence, not just body confidence, but as you start realising how much further and faster you can run, it’ll boost your overall confidence making you feel more in control of your mind and life.
  10. A new hobby, means a new wardrobe. Set yourself a goal (e.g. run 5km) and once that’s reached go out and treat yourself some cool new gear

My favourite sportswear: Lorna Jane, Lululemon, Sweaty Betty and ladies

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