YOUR EXCUSES FOR AVOIDING RUNNING: OUR SOLUTIONS

“I can't, I'm washing my hair”: we've definitely heard that one before. What with all your daily activities, your professional and personal life, your preconceptions and concerns, you can always find a good excuse for leaving your running shoes in the cupboard. We have now set ourselves the challenge of overcoming all your anti-jogging excuses! For every problem has a solution...

1. JOGGING IS BORING

This is probably the most common excuse for not going running. We aren't going to lie: if you always follow the same root, at the same time, with no goals, jogging is not the most enjoyable activity… However, there are a number of ways of making it more fun, such as:

       - setting yourself an achievable goal (running to gran's house, for a drink, without stopping)

       - getting a free coach to spur you on

       - running in a group, perhaps with your Decathlon store? (to share your jogging nightmares)

       - changing route regularly and even visiting a town while running (just as good as a pub crawl)

       - listening to your favourite playlist or podcasts while running

       - changing your habits (running in the morning is cool too).

 

2. WORK, FAMILY, SOCIAL LIFE: NO TIME TO RUN…

This is really not an excuse when you think that 30 minutes represents just 2% of your day. If you run for 30 minutes 3 times a week, that's less than 1% of your week. Even with sleep, overtime, driving your kids to their sports activities and having dinner with friends, you must have 1% of your time to devote to jogging every week, no? Once you know the benefits, it's really a no brainer!

 

3. DOING SPORT ALONE IS REALLY NOT FOR ME

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We get it! No sport is ever as much fun as a football match with your mates or a game of tennis with the family. But running can also be a chance to meet up and share some good times: find out whether there are any running groups in your town or visit your local Decathlon store - many of them organise group jogging sessions. #joggertogether

 

4. I CAN'T, I RUN OUT OF BREATH

Of course! Jogging is THE best sport for improving your endurance. Even if getting started is tough (red face and all that), as you gradually increase the length of your run, at a gentle pace where you can still hold a conversation without getting too breathless, breathing will become easier.

 

5. RUNNING IS TOO HARD AND I AM HOPELESS AT SPORT

Running is not as easy as it seems: it's not merely a question of putting one foot in front of the other and accelerating. Breathing, stitches, muscle ache, diet, training: terms and concepts that are sometimes complicated. How do you get started and make progress? You aren't hopeless; you have enormous capacity for progress! Our tips are there to support you as you get started and progress, along with the free Decathlon coaching application, with training plans tailored to all levels. Just follow the guide!

6. IT'S RAINING/WINDY/TOO HOT/TOO COLD…

Ah, it's so easy to blame the weather… However, with the right equipment, nothing need prevent you from running: a windproof jacket, a base layer, gloves, hat, breathable fabric… There is a technical solution for every day and every weather condition!

 

7. I LOOK RIDICULOUS WHEN I'M RUNNING

With the right look and gear, this is no excuse for avoiding running. You will just need to work on your running posture, starting by staying upright to let the air flow into your lungs. And don't forget to smile - an instant way to look better (even when you are having a rough jogging day)!

 

8. I AM ALREADY TIRED

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Perhaps you mean mental fatigue, which is normal after a day's work. But trust us, running is a chance to clear your mind. After a day sitting at the computer or on the phone, it will do you a lot of good! OK, you will feel physically tired, but you will sleep a lot better (thanks to those famous endorphins).

 

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Running 30 minutes or 1 hour may seem like an unattainable goal, but we have good news for you: it is usually just a question of willpower and progression.
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