Thursday, March 1

Best Ways To Keep You Running


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8 months, 244 days, I’ve been running regularly now for a healthier, better life. Last year June when I could barely run, when jogging was synonymous to brisk walking, getting up early morning meant half hour walk on road and running was off my radar. But past is history now and today I am actively running, gets up every day at 5 without a miss, exercise regularly and make sure that i practice the same for rest of my life.

I managed to bring this change by motivating myself to not to stop and keep running for a better tomorrow and that’s how I never gave room for laziness to get heavy on me.

Is it hard to believe but we squander half of our time thinking about the future none has seen and the remaining half whimpering for all the wrongs happened in past and literally, forget to live in the moment. One should make every day count as if last.

This post talks about the various do’s and don’ts one must follow for healthier and better tomorrow. The list is about small steps one must take to keep oneself motivated for every day running.
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Do’s:

Start slow: Do not run for hours on your first day. Start slow, half an hour brisk walking initially followed by a good ten minutes of running continued for a week or for a month will act as a great energy booster and will make you relax. Start slow, it will definitely help you atone your mind and body.

Breathe through your nose not mouth while running: While running, breathe through nose and not through your mouth. Let morning’s fresh air gush into your lungs through nose. Breathing through mouth will make you tired after sometime.

Drink water 30 minutes prior to running: keep yourself hydrated. Drink enough water 30 minutes before you start running.

If Morning’s makes you lazy, run eastwards to catch the falling sun: if you are nocturnal and is impossible for you to wake up before sunrise, practice running during sunset. But remember, sun never skips to rise and is never lazy. Learn from nature.

Every step is a milestone: make a target to run 5, 10, 15 …35, 45, 60 minutes on regular basis and try to improve gradually. Regularly update your progress report. Reward yourself with a day off on weekends. 

Remember, even god rested on the seventh day after creating the world.

Eat nutritious and healthy food after running and consume enough water whole day: one must have a wholesome breakfast after jogging and exercise. Drink enough water throughout the day. Chow oats, fruits, cereals or egg in morning and avoid tea, bread, biscuits etc.

Follow the rule of 21: Do not give up after running for few days. Be strict to yourself. Remember during school days, how we used to get up every day early morning to avoid missing the class. Be what you were during school today. At least schools taught us how to be disciplined. Bring discipline in your life.

The rule of 21 says if you are into something for 21 days continuously, you may continue to do the same activity for rest of your life. Try implementing the same in your daily running. If you are able to achieve this, you will never stop running and be the next Forrest Gump.

Good night sleep is very essential for healthier mind and body: sleep early to get up early. I wake up every day at 5 in morning. I am not sure but doing this keeps me calm and vigorous the whole day.

Eat light the previous night: do not assume this is your last meal. Underfeed yourself and be contented for what you had. Eat heavy during the day.

Follow a new route, a new track: Very important, follow a new track after few days. Human mind gets easily bored walking on the same route day after day. Find a new route to conquer your mind.
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Don’ts:

Do not consume food 30 minutes before running: Avoid eating or drinking (except warm water or energy drink) before hitting the road.

Do not shy away from running: forget about what people will say while you are running. Be focused.

Do not hit the bed post jog: Avoid falling asleep post jogging. Freshen up, have a healthy breakfast to start your day.

Keep yourself motivated to run daily else, wait for the day when you’ll start running for regular checkups to your family doctor.

Only by following these lessons, you can cut down your doc’s salary.

Stay fit, stay healthy!!!

31 comments:

  1. yes everyone needs to run
    havent started but got the plans

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    1. stop making plans sm. start today else it'll be too late tomorrow.

      one thing i learnt is we never make plans to eat or take bath or sleep, then why plan to keep ourselves healthy some day or not?

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  2. Thanks for the tips , should start running soon.

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    1. hey TGS consider today as that day from soon. make it happen else the soon will just get longer to be sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooner

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  3. I have also just started to learn to run via @12WBT...it's a great feling indeed.

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    1. good to know that you started running. great feeling indeed !

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  4. Lovely post :) i have been running for 2 years :D
    you beautifully explained all possible tips !
    one thing you missed out..

    Try to have a gal behind and ask her to shout.. "RUN FORREST RUNNNNNNN" LOL :)
    nice post bro !

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    1. 2 years ??? woaaah, you must post about this accomplishment!!!

      lol..am not sure about the girl but if you are in india a stray dog will always be there to make you run for your life :D

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  5. Thanks for your suggestions. Trying to start running for months, will do it now for sure.

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    1. good that you have this in mind that you'll start soon.

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  6. excellent pointers and you run .. Well done. I do too and at that moment that seems to be the only exercise i do , early morning is running time for me ..

    so any incidents during ur running times , I have had some awkwards moments here have a read http://mannbikram.wordpress.com/2011/01/08/my-running-experience/ You will love it for sure :)

    all the best bai ji .. and keep it up...

    Bikram's

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    1. we Punjabis, we know how to take good care of our health !

      good to know that you are totally into the running thing and take it seriously !

      will go through the post after publishing this post Veer ji !

      thank you for liking the post.

      regards
      rahul

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  7. A really inspiring write-up....I have started and fallen off the wagon so many times...started with walking...hopefully will graduate to running soon...:-)

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    1. that's the way to go Suchi. even i've too many hiccups initially when i started running but gradually improved with time.

      thanks for dropping by..

      regards
      rahul

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  8. Inspiring indeed.

    Good that you could overcome yourself.

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    1. yeah took a long time Anupama but managed to beat it!

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  9. really nice post Rahul. i have been planning for quite sometime now but i have become too lazy of late.

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    1. why this BUT deb...push yourself against the extremes .. small efforts today will definitely help you in long run with regards to your health!

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  10. Very motivating, I will try following the rule 21...:)

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    1. yes Saru...try and always hope for the best results .. a true and honest effort will always lead to the path of success !

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    2. This rule has helped me a lot, thank you!

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  11. Wow.. your dedication towards running is really commendable and you have really come a long way. Hats off. And lovely tips you have provided. Very detailed and very useful ones. I run and work out every evening though. But I agree, doing it in the morning is even better. :) A very inspirational post.

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    1. thank you Raj for the appreciation :-)

      evenings is still fine as long as you are on the track and walking/running..let that fresh air blow in & out of your lungs daily...

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  12. Wow Rahul really a very grt and healthy post...thanks for sharing and motivating other bloggers also for a healthy life style.

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    1. thank you Seema for liking the post !

      this is just 1% effort to create awareness of running for good health of the bloggers..i'll consider it worth it if it changes life just for a day even :-)

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  13. Great tips!..N yes you are right, the 21 day rule works..its worked for me :)

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    1. good to know Ana that the rul worked for you...i failed 3 times before reaching the final figure of 21 :P

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  14. A truly encouraging post! And I agree on the 21 day rule too. :)

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    1. thank you Harsha for liking the post !

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  15. This is wonderful Rahul. And that 21 catch, I never knew! Nice one!

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    1. i knew about the rule of 21 from school. we were told in school about this thing !

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