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.


Running Resources

PaceBuilders® Training System – A complete, end to end, custom training program for runners. Get unlimited ‘customized’ training plans with unlimited modifications that match your lifestyle and running goals. PLUS, get access to video training sessions and unlimited support so you can blast through your running goals.

Customized Training Plans For Any Race Or Distance – 100% handwritten custom training plans written around your unique situation. Don’t settle for generic training plans found in books, magazines, or online. Our training plans take your history, your goals, your fitness profile and your lifestyle into consideration. Includes free access to Final Surge, where you can view and log your workouts anywhere you have access to a web browser, or use the mobile app.

Runner’s Toolkit – Get access to 30 days of free coaching tips by email and get your #1 running question personally answered by me, just for signing up. Plus get free access to our private Facebook community where other RunBuzz community members gather for support, camaraderie and general shenanigans.

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Steve is the founder and head running coach of Steve is host of the RunBuzz podcast and founder of PaceBuilders, a complete online training program for runners. Steve is a RRCA / USA Track and Field Certified Running Coach and resides in Lewis Center, Ohio.