Behavioural Activation - Going For a Run 🏃🏽♂️
Updated: Apr 29
Yesterday, I plucked up the courage to go for a run around my local park. I’d been trying to psych myself up to do so for the past two weeks, but kept running (ironically) into the same circle of self-doubting thoughts (feelings of self consciousness and a lack of belief in my own ability).
When it comes to fitness, I’m a big fan of weightlifting when I go to the gym. It’s the bread and butter of what I’ve learnt since I first started training. However, it’s the safe option and consequently I haven’t given myself enough opportunities to create a better relationship with cardio. As such, if I have to (say during a warm up) I’ll do the bare minimum 😂. However, not anymore!
I’m using this platform to declare the possibility that I’m inventing for myself – ill be making more of a conscious effort to keep running, starting with one evening a week.
In my future, I see the possibility of me to be able to run and raise money for @mind_charity.
Here are some tips I found helped me during my first run:
1. Find your pace. You’re not racing against anyone so don’t fall prey to the thought that you must outrun yourself (I had to remind myself the first few times!)
2. Carry a bottle of water. You’ll need to
the liquids you’ll lose & your body will thank you later!
3. Listen to your body. Take a break when you need to. If you’re starting to cramp, get tired or feel dizzy – take a few minutes to refocus your breathing.
4. Finally, my last tip would be to have fun with it. Find a playlist that makes you want to get up and move, and run to that. Pairing up a good selection of songs with your run will give you that extra push and make the whole experience an enjoyable one.