They say you need to hit “rock bottom” before you really feel motivated to change. I had been serious about running regularly with my New Years resolutions many years before, however, at approximately 11 months into the year, I had decided to seriously commit to running on a regular basis.
Going to school full time and work part time, I always felt that there was “never time” for exercise. I felt that if I dedicated time to exercise and reduce stress, I would be considered a “wimp” and not “hardcore” enough in terms of being a dedicated graduate student. However, hitting rock bottom helped me realize that everyone needs to let their stress go and spend time on themselves- it is a must. I had no way of releasing my stress and then ended up projecting it on others (which is a no-no).
With this realization, I have been running regularly (or incorporating some sort of cardio exercise) for about 6 weeks. This is probably the longest I have maintained in terms of a physical activity. I am especially proud of myself because I didn’t make any excuses for the weather (despite it being winter and rainy here). Although it didn’t start off as much (about 15 minutes three times a week), I have slowly increased this to 30 minutes three times a week. Going out for a run has been completely stress reducing. I can see why all the runners chase this endorphin-feel-good-high after running.
So, hopefully I will be able to continue this new dedication to running and endorphin chasing in the new year.
Readers, what made you decide to change your behaviour? Did you have to hit rock bottom too before you got serious about behaviour change? Have you started thinking about your new years resolutions?
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