When you're tentative about your motivation to get out the door for a run, it often helps to read (possibly out loud) the following list of benefits you receive after running:

  • Your attitude is better after every run.
  • Stress is released, often completely dissolved.
  • Natural body chemicals called endorphins relax the body, reducing or eliminating muscle aches and pains.
  • Your spirit is engaged, leaving you with feelings of accomplishment, confidence and strength.
  • Body and mind are connected, giving you the confidence that comes with being a more "complete" person.
  • Your right brain is engaged, energizing your creative and imaginative resources.
  • You're learning connections to hidden inner resources which kick in whenever you're under stress. 

What benefits do you focus on when you need some motivation to get out there? 

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