When you hit the footpath for the first time, set an achievable goal. That might be walking and jogging a one-kilometre route, or doing an extra lap of the oval at your local park. An app like Couch to 5K Run Training or AAPTIV can help you reach those incremental targets.
Gallichio chose a training app and followed it for six months. He admits the main challenge was finding the time to get out before or after work. “To form a habit, I made running a priority in my schedule. I made sure that I ran each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday,” he says.
Some researchers have argued that it takes 21 days to form a new habit, but there are variables. If you have a busy week at work or family demands and it feels impossible to allocate time, you might be tempted to throw in the towel. The key is to accept these dips in momentum rather than giving up all together.
A realistic, positive outlook will help you to push forward through setbacks and make running part of your lifestyle, even if you don’t take to the track every day.