Ways to Motivate Yourself to Run

Types of Motivation



- Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to run.

- Try using an app to track your progress and send you automatic reminders.

- Consider investing in a treadmill, or maybe a gym membership, to make running easier in inclement weather.


- Sign up for a race to motivate you to stick to your running plan.

- Set a distance or weight-loss goal, and give yourself a deadline for achieving it.

- Make your goal to be able to run at a certain pace, like a 10-minute mile.


- Post a chart to track your progress so you can see how far you've come.

- Find a picture of someone fit, or even an old picture of yourself looking healthier, and post it where you'll see it often.

- Encourage yourself by reading motivational stories or quotes by others who have had success with running.


- Have a running partner who holds you accountable to sticking to your plan.

- Use social media for virtual accountability. Remind yourself that others will know if you don't post your run.

- Find a track club or other group to join to make your runs more social.


- Treat yourself to some new clothes to celebrate the new you.

- Promise yourself a reward, like a trip or spa treatment, once you achieve a certain goal.

- If your goal was to complete a race, buy yourself some cute running clothes for the event. Make sure to practice in them before the big day.

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