Ways to Get Motivated About Running

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Let's be honest, running should be simple and straightforward, but all too often we discourage ourselves with nonsensical excuses. Getting motivated is easily the hardest part about running, which is why you're going to need these handy tips. Do all the things in this gallery, and you'll be back out and running in no time.

One thing that always gets people up and moving is music. Almost everyone likes to listen to some tunes while they workout, so why not use that as a motivational tool? While you're sitting on the couch debating what to do that afternoon, make a playlist of all the songs that really pump you up. If you vow to only listen to this playlist when you're running, you'll probably head out the door just so you can listen to it. If you're not sure what to put on that playlist, here are a few suggestions:

  • "D.A.N.C.E." - Justice
  • "War" - Mos Def
  • "Sabotage" - Beastie Boys
  • "Immigrant Song" - Led Zeppelin
  • "Testify" - Rage Against the Machine
  • "Lose Yourself" - Eminem
  • "Stronger" - Kanye West and Daft Punk