One of my running clients has struggled recently with motivation to get out the door. It’s something every runner faces at one time or another. We don’t really want to get out there every single time. Well, ok, I’d probably sell my first born right now to have the chance to go out every single time, but I digress!
Anyhow–I told her to try to get out the door, even if it means telling herself she’ll only go a mile or so. Because here’s my theory: When motivation is low, it’s the getting out the door part that is hardest. It might be raining, blustery, hot, cold, whatever it is that makes you dread going out. Or maybe you’re just not in the mood. But once you’re out there and a mile or two into it, the odds are you’re going to stay out there.
Studies have shown that any type of exercise done outside is capable of boosting your energy. To me, higher energy equals a better mood. So making yourself get out there, even if it’s only for a couple of miles, will pay big dividends. You may decide to can it after that mile or two, but I doubt it. Rare is the day that that I’ve gone out for a run and not felt like staying out. I always feel better afterward for doing so, regardless of how I felt before leaving the house.