Let's face it: there are a lot of people out there who think running is the absolute worst. It can't just be me. Running is hard, especially if you don't enjoy it or it doesn't come naturally to you. If you need or want to incorporate more running into your routine, however, it might be more doable than you think. You just need these genius tricks that make running easier, even if you hate it, in order to get yourself in gear.
Running is good for a lot of things, fortunately (or unfortunately for those who hate it), so it's worth adding it in to your workout schedule. "Running is one of the best aerobic exercises for physical conditioning of your heart and lungs," Flywheel Sports master instructor Lacey Stone shares via an email exchange with Romper. "Many studies show the health benefits to be enormous, reducing the likelihood of everything from the common cold to cancer. Your stamina will increase and you'll lose weight — most beginners lose up to a pound a week."
As if that weren't enough motivation because, let's face it, for some it's not, running can help your emotional health too. "Running is a great cure for stress, negative emotions, and even depression," Stone adds. "You'll probably experience fewer headaches and have more energy, patience, and creativity. Studies show that healthy adults who exercise regularly are typically happier than those who don't."
If you desperately want to be a runner but just aren't sure how to get there, these tricks will help make things go a little bit more smoothly. But don't worry if you don't become a runner overnight... it's not a race!