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Video:Top Excuses for Not Running and How to Beat Them

with Jen D'Amore

It can be easy to make excuses for not running and fall out of your exercise routine. Here are tips for the top running excuses and how to beat them.See Transcript

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Transcript:Top Excuses for Not Running and How to Beat Them

Hi, I'm Jen D'Amore for about.com and this video is all about top excuses for not running, and how to beat them, using Christine Luff's tips from About.com's Running and Jogging site.

No Time or Too Tired Are Common Running Excuses

"I don't have time to run": Probably the most common excuse is a lack of time. But when you commit to a running program and make it a priority, you may start seeing more opportunities for running in your schedule.

Skipping one 30-minute TV show gives you time for a short run, and will benefit you more in the long run. Trade an hour of TV for running and you can enjoy an even longer run. If you can only find small amounts of time in your day, you can split your run up between the morning and the evening, or whenever it fits.

"I'm too tired to run": It is hard to get moving when you're feeling tired, but running gets your circulation going, and usually gives you energy once you pass the 10-minute mark. Make sure you get proper sleep and eat nutritious meals.

If you have low blood sugar, eat a snack or light meal at least an hour before running. If you still feel tired, check with your doctor about possible deficiencies.

Boredom or Lack of Motivation Can Be Running Excuses

"I get bored easily": It is possible to get into rut if you're running the same routes or you're running on the treadmill. Try mapping out new routes or sign up for local races to keep you focused on a goal, and possibly introduce you to a new route.

"I'm just not motivated to run": When a lack of motivation pops up, change is needed. If you're running alone, find a group to run with. Knowing others are counting on you keeps you accountable and more likely to show up. Groups usually also help each other to excel and progress, more than when running solo.

Running Excuses Involving Kids Are Common

"I'm busy with my kids.": It may be challenging to find time for yourself when you're busy caring for your family, but it's important to. Scheduling is key. Make running a priority, and let your support system know that it's important to you to have the time to run.

You can also squeeze in runs before kids sporting events or practices. If you're dropping them off anyway, why not take a few laps around the field?

"It's too cold (or hot) outside.": If it's too cold, bundle up in running layers. You can enjoy a run in the cold or rain if you dress properly. As for the heat, make sure you're well hydrated, avoid running during the hottest times of the day, and stay cool with light colored clothing, wet wristbands, and sun-protection. Be aware of the warning signs of heat exhaustion, and don't push yourself.

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