A Mental Trick to Make a Running Workout Less Daunting

Chunking your workout will make it so much less daunting.

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Sometimes, exercise is more of a mental challenge than a physical one. We’ve all felt reluctant at times to put on our sneakers and start jogging—and keep jogging.

One of the best running tips for endurance training is to break down your task into checkpoints. Instead of viewing a five-mile run (or even just a five-minute run) as a major hurdle you need to come, focus on just that first mile (or minute). Once you’ve completed that first checkpoint, focus on the next one.

This exercise tip works for strength training as well. Don’t intimidate yourself by thinking about a full set of 10 deadlifts or 20 crunches. Take it one rep at a time. The repeated sense of accomplishment will keep you going, and focusing on each individual rep can help you use better form. (If your form needs work, here’s the proper way to do lunges, squats, and push ups.)

Time to jump that mental hurdle and get moving! If you like the idea of chunking your workouts and having checkpoints, you may want to try interval training, which means exercising at a high intensity for short bursts of time. Here’s an interval cardio workout for beginners to get you started.