How To Establish Strong, Healthy Habits And Improve Your Running

RB2: How To Establish Strong, Healthy Habits And Improve Your Running


Show Notes:

In this episode, I share how you can establish strong, healthy habits that will improve your running and help you get your workouts in.

Habits can make or break your progress as a runner.  If you have great habits, you’ll most likely see great progress. Today, I share the process behind how habits are established and practical tips to help you make running as routine as brushing your teeth.

How To Establish “Good” Habits

Over and over again, science has proven that all habits go through 3 stages to become common practice.

In the book, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg, these three steps are covered in great detail.

The three stages of habit formation are:

Stage 1: Reminder (trigger to action)Stage 2: Routine  (the action)

Stage 3: Reward  (positive re-enforcement)

In the podcast, with each stage, I share actionable items that you can use to help you develop positive running habits.

I also provide several other tips that help re-enforce positive behaviors.

The Power of Accountability

Alcoholics Anonymous is a typical example of an addiction fighting organization, where they’ve found that members have incredible success in refraining from addictive behaviors when engaging in accountability.

Just like bad habits, the establishment of building a great running habit or living a healthier lifestyle is more successful when a person establishes accountability with others to help during both the habit forming and the maintenance stage.

In this episode, I  reemphasize how RunBuzz is creating a community around accountability and support.  One such accountability group is our MyFitnessPal runners weight loss group, which is a free for all runners trying to lose weight.  MyFitnessPal is a great resource to track your meals and exercise from a calorie perspective. After joining MyFitnessPal, search for the RunBuzz group and start your journey with others in the RunBuzz community, including myself, who are working together to lose weight.

RunBuzz also has a community on Facebook where you can virtually surround yourself with plenty of other running fanatics. You can gain access to our private group by subscribing to our 30 days of running tips in the sidebar to the right.

Additional Running Resources

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About the Author Steve Carmichael

Steve is a RRCA / USA Track and Field Certified Running Coach who has helped thousands of runners since 2010. He coaches online as well as locally in the Columbus, Ohio area. He is host of RunBuzz Running a top rated running podcast with 150+ episodes available for free on all major podcast apps. Steve resides in Lewis Center, Ohio with his wife, kids, and dog.

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