Post # 1
I’m supposed to spend the summer getting in shape and feeling good about myself, but I’m finding it difficult to get off the couch. The more I sit, the worse I feel but going running alone makes me anxious and I really have no one to go with me.
So, Running/Active Bees, did you ever deal with anxiety from going it alone? How do you help fix it? I’m I just going to have to resign myself to being a permanent Jabba The Hutt Cosplayer?
Post # 2
Mattyfeets: What part of running alone makes you feel anxious? For example, are you frightened of being approached by someone? Frightened you might push a little hard and struggle to get home safely? That might help us to help you 🙂
Post # 3
diddles112230: I think it’s a combination of being afraid of being approached and looking like an idiot.
Post # 4
do you have the option of taking group fitness classes nearby? That type of a group setting led by an instructor (zumba, spinning, yoga, etc) can be a great motivator. Not only are you not going it alone, but you will have a set time scheduled to work out every day.
Post # 5
Things I’ve done (or family members have done) at different times: (1) get a 2nd hand treadmill (I forget what we paid, but it wasn’t too much), (2) go bike riding, (3) join a gym.
Post # 6
Mattyfeets: Ok, well I can certainly understand the fear of being approached by someone, but there are lots of strategies you can use to keep yourself safe, such as NOT wearing headphones, or just having the music quiet so you can hear people around you (as well as cars / bikes), exercise during daylight hours in popular areas (do you have a beach or park nearby?), or if you choose to run in a block / route, try to change it up so your not always running past the same place at the same time. I found that whilst it wasn’t super pleasant, before I lived next to the beach (super populated, great for running), I’d try to run on fairly main road during peak hour – no one was gonna touch me with 50 cars passing by!
I second the group fitness, although if your concerned about how you look you might struggle with Zumba. Spin, however is awesome – no coordination required! But remember, no one is actually looking at you! Most people are far to concerned with what they’re doing / how they look in the mirror to pay attention to you 🙂
As for motivation, I think we’ve all been there. You just need to not think about it. Get up and go, don’t think about going later, what’s for dinner, why you can’t be bothered.. Just GO!
Post # 7
I live in a city with a lot of traffic and no private jogging trails in the area, so I feel very awkward jogging around the block or even in the park. I’ve been going very early in the morning, before the rush of the day starts and it’s been so much better. I have to drag myself out of bed at that hour, but starting the day with fresh air and a workout really sets the tone for the rest of the day.
Another possibility is jogging with your dog, if you have one. 🙂
Post # 8
I usually don’t run outside alone, especially at night. If in the day, I”ll bring my dog and it makes me feel like I have company 🙂 I also like running alone sometimes because I get really pumped up by music. So I create a motivating playlist on Spotify and want to run! Most of the time I run on the treadmill.
Post # 9
I just started, but I go out early morning, no running at night or in empty places. Even though I hate people looking at me, I figure I am safer where they can see me! So, I found a track nearby that’s not empty but also not crowded. I also typically carry pepper spray on me.
Post # 10
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Mattyfeets: this is kind of dorky but I listen to podcasts while I run… it keeps you engaged in the subject material and keeps your mind away from “I’m tired!” “How much longer?!” “I look stupid” etc. I like This American Life, Radiolab, Planet Money, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, all free on the free NPR news app.
Post # 11
is there a running group you could join? running shoe stores usually have them, as well as some gyms, I think.
Post # 12
I am lucky to live in a place with lots of joggers and sidewalks- but also cursed because so many people are amazingly fit. I was really shy about running at first, because lots of Colorado people think a 5k is a warmup for their triathlon, but now I don’t care. I think the endorphins kick in at some point. Runner’s high is real! It will help you with the looking like an idiot part. Maybe put a note of your goal on your hand, I do that especially on off days.