My dear friends, welcome to the 100 FOR 100 Movement – running 100 km to save 100 animals. When you sign up for the challenge, you set out on a quest to get in great shape while helping the helpless at the same time.
Many people dread going out for a run or a brisk walk. They will make up any excuse in the book about how they don’t have time to do so or how they are too tired or how it’s too cold/hot/rainy/dry/(insert additional excuse here).
So how do you motivate yourself to get out and run?
1. First, make sure you just get out the door.
Even if you don’t feel like going out for a long run or walk, commit to going out for even 5 minutes. We can all find 5 minutes in the day! The surprising thing happens when you just get out the door though – you will likely continue walking or running for longer than just 5 minutes if you know that you’re supposed to do 20 minutes that day (as part of your 100 FOR 100 challenge 🙂 ). It is often hard for us to stop doing something we already started – this is called the Zeigarnik Effect.
2. Find something to be grateful for during your walk.
The feeling of gratitude lifts our spirits and makes us more likely to stick with the plan. The video I shared with you is what I found incredibly inspiring during my run this morning. It’s only the beginning of September and we already have a ton of snow and temperatures are below freezing. Instead of dreading my frozen fingers, toes, face and buttocks, I decided to marvel at the beauty of the landscape I was running next to.
What will YOU be grateful for next time you go out for a run/walk?
Remember, if you have not yet signed up for the 100 FOR 100 challenge, go to https://100for100.me/sign-up/
Let’s do this!!
Founder of the 100 FOR 100 Movement – running 100 km to save 100 animals
If you have any questions, please ask away!
Thank you! 🙂
~The Mad Swede
Thanks Zensnowshoer! Tomorrow will be a 3 hour zen snow run for me in beautiful Bragg Creek (Kananaskis Country). I can feel how envious you are as you’re reading this. 😄