Top Reasons Beginners Are Self Conscious And Why They Don’t Have To Worry

April 30th, 2011

When you’re first starting out in anything, you are, of course, self-conscious. Running is no different. People often say to me they’d prefer to go to the gym than be seen out. I always think: why? It doesn’t matter what other people think, does it? And besides, as someone who has been running for ages, I can tell you that most people don’t care or think anything strange when they see a beginner runner.
1) I run funny: so what? Even if you do, it’s better than not running. And the thing is, you’ll only improve by striding out into the open.
2) My lycra tights look funny: no, they don’t. Everyone wears them now, and there’s really no reason to worry.
3) I don’t know what to do with my arms: again, it’s irrelevant. Some of the greatest runners flail their arms around all over the place, so if it’s OK for them then it should be fine for you.
4) I don’t like running in the city because I can feel everyone staring at you: fair enough, if you go out in rush-hour then this may be the case (don’t do that, it’s dangerous!). So don’t go out in rush-hour. The very early mornings are always good, or, failing that, once you’ve finished your job at skins compression uk or wherever then why not go out running in the evening?
Whatever you do don’t let the threat of people seeing you run stop you from enjoying an enjoyable and extremely beneficial activity. The sooner you start, the sooner you can shake off those nerves!

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