Today, we celebrated National Running Day by gathering the ELLE team for a jog in Green Park with Run Dem Crew member, Sanchia Lege.
When it comes to running, we're divided. In general, we all like exercise of some sort, be it yoga, pilates, swimming or cycling, but today it was all about moving our feet, whether we liked it or not. Luckily, Sanchia had a few tips on getting your body and mind into the groove, so even those of us who don't normally sport a pair of trainers got into it.
Just get those trainers on. Your body is able to adapt to routine fairly easy. For example, you brush your teeth, cleanse your face, apply moisturiser and brush your hair without consciously thinking about it. Exercise can be adapted the same way, you just need to get into a habit. Put on your kit, tie up your trainers, walk out the door. You're almost there.
Start small. Don't go out for your first run with a goal of 10km. Try running to the end of your street; there's no doubt you'll get to that point and want to continue. Keep giving yourself motivational points that aren't too far away.
Look up. We all get into the habit of looking down at the ground when we're running, which will inevitably get boring. Take in your surroundings, it'll invigorate your mind and keep you motivated.
Give yourself a reason. Some of our crew go on runs purely to get to their breakfast meeting. If you have something at the end to look forward to, it'll inspire you to continue.
Buddy up. Get one of your friends involved so you can't back out. Chatting will also take your mind off the fact your running and before you know it, you'll be miles down.
Discover your area. If you find running around a park track a bit monotonous, go exploring.