I have a love-hate relationship with running.
On the one hand it is a good way to work off weight, so that I can enjoy my red wine, ice cream and chocolates. I run regularly, three times per week, every second day, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, early mornings.
On the other hand I find it very difficult to get started. That first kilometre is the worst! Even though I stretch and warm-up before the time, to get started takes a lot of willpower. It’s the toughest part of the whole run.
After the first kilometre the blood starts flowing freely to your limbs, you start heating up, you are breathing better and things start becoming easier. The real magic starts for me around the three to four kilometre mark. This is when my endorphins kick in and your energy increases. You feel lighter. Your brain starts working on unpacking the day ahead. It is a place of joy. When you get home, your body feels great and your mindset has one hundred percent improved. You are ready for the day. And the lightness stays in your body for the rest of the day. You are ready to face any challenges.
I want to encourage you to find that activity that will bring you to the place where you can invite these little joy agents into your life as well. Endorphins are mighty little hormones! But remember you need to persevere through that first tough part—for me it is that first kilometre—to get to that place of joy!