The last month has been interesting to say the least. Being quarantined has thrown a wrench into all of our daily lives, and stress, isolation, and anxiety are increasingly common. Races are canceled. Fitness centers are closed. We cannot be closer than 6 feet away from other people. We’re living in a brand new world, and we’re all getting used to this new normal. Right now the days seem to blur together, and staying motivated to workout is harder than ever.
Establishing a running routine has been critical for me during this pandemic. Running has become my daily anchor that keeps me grounded. It’s the healthy thing that I get to look forward to each day. Running has helped me to clear my head, get some alone time, and has kept me feeling balanced – mentally and physically. Even though life is upside down right now, running is still there like a familiar old friend. I am currently following a training plan to prepare for the virtual Pittsburgh Half Marathon. Focusing on my training plan is helping me to stay motivated right now. I want to share a few tips to help you stay motivated as well.
Here are my top tips for staying active during COVID-19:
- Set a goal – Setting an goal that really excites you can be a great way to stay motivated. For me, the biggest way I stay motivated is training for races. I’ve been training for the Pittsburgh Half Marathon for a few months. Now that in-person races are either canceled or going virtual, I decided to run my half marathon virtually. Other goals could be working out a certain number of days per week consistently, running a certain distance for the first time, working out to feel healthy, or to help you manage the stress we’re all inevitably experiencing right now. Whatever it is, find the goal that lights you up and go after it!
- Make it a routine – Find a time of day that works best for you to get your workout in. Some people prefer to run first thing in the morning. I personally prefer to run in the evening. It’s the time that works with my schedule being a full time working mom. We all have different lives and schedules. Find the time that works best for you and stick to it. Make it a habit. When you make it part of your normal routine, it becomes much easier to get it done. Following a training plan can be a great way to make exercise part of your routine. Workouts are scheduled in advance and all you need to do is follow the plan! And if you need help with creating a training plan, we can help you out! Also, if you don’t stick to your routine exactly, be easy on yourself. Life happens. If you miss a workout, adjust and move on rather than getting discouraged or feeling like a failure.
- Find an accountability partner or fitness community – Even though you’ve identified a goal that lights you up and established a solid workout routine, it’s only natural that eventually you will hit a slump with your motivation. No one is motivated all the time. I have days where I am tired and have no desire to run. These are the times when it is really helpful to have someone who will be there to cheer you on and remind you of why you’re doing this in the first place. This could be a friend, a run coach, or an online community of like-minded people where you can draw inspiration and motivation. Surround yourself with others who are doing the things you aspire to do and will bring out the best in you, and it will be much easier to stay motivated.
Do you have a favorite way to stay active? Let us know by commenting below! Happy Running!