Post # 1
I hate cardio, despise it, never made competitive sports teams because running laps is torture for me so I always kinda gave up. (during a game, no problem, but running for the sake of running, no thank you). But I really want to try and enjoy running – I know it will help flatten out my stomach.
I would love to know your tips on how you stick with it and actually go for a run. Did you always love it or did you develop a love for it?
Post # 3
@MsGinkgo: I hated running mostly because I super sucked at it. One day I just decided to go for it and trained for it running a little bit more and a little faster on the treadmill each day. I can now run a 5km in about 28 minutes on the treadmill without stopping. I prefer to run outside but Canada right now is not an ideal place for running outside! One thing is to have some really goo upbeat music to listen too while running this really helps me alot!! I love running now and I cant wait til this damn snow and ice melts os I can get back outside!
Post # 4
@MsGinkgo: I like you hate running for the sake of running — and this is after years of trying to get myself to like it (running track and cross country in high school). I simply DON’T like it and probably never will.
If you want to start working out more and get a flatter stomach, why don’t you try other kinds of workouts? There’s yoga, club sports, dancing, kickboxing, all of which are way more fun than running, in my opinion. As for me I love intense interval and plyo training and strength training and find it delivers better results than running. Jillian Michaels and Insanity are both fun — I’d start with Jillian, though. You are always going to get better results and have an easier time getting yourself to work out if you pick a work out that you enjoy.
Post # 5
@MsGinkgo: I was a walker, but got sick of burning so few calories! So I picked up my speed a little, and incresed my distance a little… And then a LOT.
I have a hard time running just for the sake of running. So I like to sign up for a race 6 months or a year in advance. Then I train for it! And I know I can’t slack off, because they are EXPENSIVE to run! My last entry fee was a LivingSocial deal for $55. Actual race admission was $95!
No WAY am I not getting that medal when I’m paying $55 for it!
Post # 6
@bluegreenjean: i’ve been using the NTC app which is very similar to the Jillian Michaels 30 day shred (which I did for 3 days and then couldn’t handle the repetitiveness). I usually burn about 350 calories in 30 minutes (according to my HRM).
I’m on a tight budget so classes are out – I did take a cardio kickboxing class a while back that I loved.
Post # 7
@MsGinkgo: my motivation is fear lol. I’m signed up for a 5k in April, 10k in June, and half marathon in October. I did the same thing last year, and fear of not being able to complete the races was an excellent motivator! I’m still not a fan of running, though 🙁
Post # 8
For me, I could never run on a treadmill. I wanted to bang my head against the thing because I was so bored. I have to run outside. It’s so much nicer.
Do you like hiking? If so, then I’d jog outdoors in a nice area, even if you have to drive to get there. Gives the scenery and fresh air. I found that was something I needed.
I also found it easier doing the couch to 5k program. It gives you time limits for walking and running. So starting out you run for one minute, then walk for two, and so on. Then in a few days you run for two minutes and walk for one minute, and so on. It gradually increases, which was the only way I could do it. It also gave me a goal to reach.
Post # 9
@MsGinkgo: DVDs can be a good, cheap alternative to classes and have lots of other benefits. It can be easier to get yourself to workout when you don’t have to spend time going to and from the gym. And that way if you stink at first there’s no one there to witness it. (When you get good, get a gym membership to show off!)
Post # 10
I love running. I honestly would do it even if it had no health benefits. Its one of the few things that keep me sane. Thats really what motivated me to put on my running shoes day after day.
I don’t like to run in the mornings, so I usually head to the gym after work or at lunch. On the weekends, I go for a long run with my dog or my BFF. We try to run a different route each time. Signing up for races and trying for new distances and times keeps me motivated too.
Post # 11
@MsGinkgo: I follow a lot of inspirational people via social network. Their constant feed of half-naked selfies makes me want to train even harder. I’ve actually started lifting because of it.
Post # 12
@MsGinkgo: On Saturday I completed my first race (a 5k). I started running in September and I was motivated by the race! I need to sign up for more now. I’m really goal-oriented so it was really helpful for me to have that. I’m also motivated by weight loss – I’ve lost about 14 lbs, want to lose 8 more. And I’m not trying on wedding dresses until I reach that weight so it’s pretty helpful.
I agree that the track is pretty boring – that’s where I’ve done a lot of training though. I started outdoors (which I LOVE!!! love love love) but winter has been exceptionally harsh where I live this year so I just do the track. I learned to run using the “5k Runner” app so if you’re new that is very helpful.
Post # 13
Jumping in on this!
I started running as a teen because I was overweight and wanted to lose weight. I hated running as a kid – always came in last in the mile, hated running laps, thought it was boring and hated the way it felt.
I hated it when I first started too! I was embarrassed because I was one of the slowest kids on the team (scratch that – the SLOWEST) and I felt pretty awful. BUT something funny happened – I started loving it more as my first cross-country season progressed. I liked (and still do enjoy) the feeling of pushing myself and going farther than I ever thought I would. That love of running led me to play other sports, like soccer and rugby.
Which leads me to this – don’t be afraid to switch it up! I do the 30 day shred and also practice yoga and take spin classes. ALSO – if you have any club or social sports teams in your area (like soccer, volleyball, etc.) definitely look into those if you’re into team sports.