How to get back into running in a mindful way

Do you want to get back into running after taking a long break? Check out our tips for a gradual and positive return to this accessible sport.

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Getting back to running after a long break can be a bit intimidating and overwhelming. Leave the past and your old results behind; ground yourself in the present moment for a gentle return that respects your body and mind.

The change of seasons is a great time to switch up your routine and get back into healthy lifestyle habits. There’s no time like the present to focus on your well-being and bring the joy of running back into your life!

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running: an accessible and minimalist sport

Running scores a lot of points for being easy to get into, and accessible for people at all fitness levels. This sport can be practiced alone or with friends, and can be adapted to every individual’s needs and preferences. You can safely run during the day or at night, and, with the right gear, you can also confidently set out on steeper trails or even snowy surfaces.

Equip yourself appropriately for a great experience
For a smooth return to running, be sure to have the basic gear required. Choose equipment based on how frequently you run and the type of surface you tread. Remember to consider factors like the weather so you’ll always have the right gear for the rain, cold, or heat!

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Realistic goals and positive progress

Take a deep breath and forget your past performances.  By acknowledging where you are right now, you’ll be able to rediscover the joy of running once more.

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safe and steady training

When it comes to running, many think that completing a marathon is the ultimate goal. Although this might be your long-term objective, it's certainly not a requirement. Here are some tips for getting back into training without any added pressure.

woman running
woman running

Taking care of your mental health with running

Getting active and regularly practicing a sport in a thoughtful way is beneficial for your mind and body, as well as your perception of yourself. It also provides a great sense of accomplishment. Right away, you’ll start seeing the benefits of running in your day-to-day life: more self-esteem, confidence in your abilities, and better concentration. You’ll even notice an openness and positivity towards the unexpected challenges that may pop up in your day-to-day life.

women running
woman running

Quality “me” time

Running is one of those rare moments where you can find peace of mind by tuning out all the noise around you and tuning in to your needs. It's becoming more and more difficult in this hectic world to get a few minutes to yourself, so take advantage of some pure "me" time. Your running sessions could very well become your sanctuary for introspection and connecting with your inner self.

Once your running routine has made a comeback into your healthy lifestyle, you can further develop your training with great complimentary activities like yoga. Discover other ways to move that improve your health and wellness!

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