Training Tuesday: 3 ways to add more motivation and variety to your training
Sometimes it’s hard to stay motivated to keep training throughout a season. There are inevitably days when you’re just not ‘feeling it’. How many of us have missed a morning run to sleep a little longer? Or swapped our after-work training session for happy hour with friends? Mixing up your routine with some variety and adding new sources of inspiration to train can help boost your motivation.
Last week I shared five tips to combine training with a busy life. Today lets look at 3 ways to add more motivation and variety to your training:
Join a group or club
A lot of people find it easier to stay motivated when training with others, especially if you're all preparing for a common goal like a specific race or event. Joining a running club is a great way to add variety to your workouts, get expert tips, share inspiration, and make your training more social. If you’re someone who has trouble sticking to your exercise plan, you may find it easier if you’ve made a commitment to others to join them for regular training.
If you’re in the U.K., why not give SRC, the Sweatshop Running Community, a try? This popular, free running group offers members good company, regular runs, discounts and rewards. With a branch at every store, you’re sure to find one nearby.
Give back - run, walk, cycle or train for charity
Training for an event that raises funds for charity is a great way to boost your motivation and help you get more satisfaction out of your training. Raising money for every mile you’ll walk or run in an event increases your commitment, even when your energy flags.
Team in Training combines the benefits of a club with the satisfaction of raising money for The Leukemia and Lymphonma Society. Open to runners, walkers, cyclists, hikers and triathletes, you don’t have to have a local chapter near you - the coaching and mentoring are also offered online.
Sign up for a run / walk / ride at your local retailer
Too busy for a club? Add some variety to your routine with an occasional group run. Most local retailers host regular runs open to all. You’ll get to meet other runners and try out new routes. Many retailers even mix in themes, prizes and gear demos. If you’re in Seattle, San Diego, San Carlos, or Tempe, your local Road Runner Sports host monthly Thursday Adventure Runs sure to add a dose of fun and motivation to your schedule.
These tips aren’t just for runners but apply for walking, cycling and other types of exercise. So get out there, and find a group, charity fundraiser or retailer’s run near you!
In the Helsinki area? Sign up for the new Footbalance - Intersport Mikonkatu Running Club! Members of the club will be training together for the Helsinki City Run in May while raising funds for the Finnish charity Hope. Learn more and sign up from this page on our Finnish website.