If you’re looking for an easy way to get some exercise, try running. It definitely worked for me. Over the years, I’ve tried to build swimming, cycling and gym habits, but they never lasted. In March I started running three times a week and I’ve have ran almost every week ever since.
- You can run almost anywhere and at any time. I like swimming, but the pool closes so early and besides first you have to go there. With running, you can just step outside and you’re ready to go.
- You do not need much gear. I like cycling, but sometimes my bicycle breaks and fixing it is no fun. Sneakers do not suddenly stop working.
- You can run alone. No need to arrange a group of people to be at the same place at the same time.
In other words, running is the perfect hobby for lazy opportunistic people! If you get an urge to get some exercise, there’s no excuse for not following the urge.
Admittedly, running itself is not that exciting. I’ve solved this by listening to podcasts - Beats, Rye & Types and Tyyppimuunnos (in Finnish) are some of my favorites. Sometimes the weather is bad, but so far I’ve always been glad that I went out. We will see what happens in the winter.
They say that regular exercise is good for your health. The only change I’ve noticed so far is that I now have a daily urge to get some exercise. Beware the addiction.