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How to Become a Runner… and Stay Committed to Your Goal!

Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.

Running is one of the best forms of exercise you can take. Nearly anyone, anywhere, can run. You don’t need much gear, any special equipment, or any special skill or training. (Though you might find your opinion on those matters changing the longer you consider yourself a runner!)

When it comes to “barriers of entry,” running has very few. It’s no wonder “running” frequently shows up in the top slot of popular exercise surveys.

But remaining a runner… that’s a different story. Burnout is common. Here are a few suggestions, runner-to-runner, on how to stay committed to a routine. I’ve been running for many years, and competed in three Ironman Triathletes in the last five years. These are a few of the tips I’ve found helpful along the way…

A Houston Sports Medicine Doctor’s Running Tips

  1. Become a morning runner. Getting exercise first thing can totally change your day. Also, if you prioritize running first, it won’t get pushed back to the end of the day (and eventually neglected when life gets too busy).
  2. Focus on your own goals. The running community can be an opinionated bunch. Some people will insist that certain paces, workout schedules, and distances are optimal. Really, though, if you’re already running, you’re probably exercising more than the average American. Don’t get bogged down by the opinions of others. Set your own goals, and remember why you wanted to start running in the first place. If your goals change, that’s fine. In fact, it’s to be expected. Be open to change.
  3. Think of running as medicine. Because it is! Would you not take a life-saving pill every day just because you’re “busy?” Of course not. Well, consider running in the same way. It’s a habit that can potentially extend your life by years when you consider all of the health benefits, from reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.

Below are a few blogs I’ve written specifically for runners and those who want to become runners. Whether you’re just getting started or training for an upcoming event, you may find some of these posts valuable:

Schedule With a Houston Sports Med Professional

To schedule an appointment with a sports medicine physician in downtown Houston, call Houston Institute for Sports Medicine and Orthopedics at (713) 756-5546. You can also schedule your appointment online.

Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.