Running is by far one of the best total body workouts you can engage in. It has been known to prevent disease, relieve stress, boost your immune system, and of course, aid in weight loss.

Unfortunately, some of us just can’t get past the actual, well, movement of running. The idea of this arduous activity feeling too much like a chore outweighs all of those benefits you just read about.

This is why we’re here to help. Here are 5 ways you can learn to love running… maybe just a little.

Start Out Slow

In this case, slow and steady really does win the race. Often times when people start out running, they want the results of running as quickly as possible. But essentially, all that does is cause injury, either right away or in the long run. Not only that, but your workouts will be much shorter. Start off at a nice jog and eventually work your way up.

Make a Running Playlist

Music is one of the best motivators to workout. Make a playlist with any and every song that motivates you, and make sure to update it regularly!

Keep Track of Your Success

Fitness apps, such as myLiveLight, not only keep track of your progress for you, but they sync to your exercise equipment, such as a Yowza Daytona. Or, get a calendar and write down how far and how long you ran each day. Seeing your progress over time will keep you going and setting higher goals for yourself.

Enjoy Your “Me” Time

One of the things that keeps me going when I run is enjoying the time for myself. There’s nothing better than an hour of simply listening to music, clearing your head, and burning some calories while you’re at it. Running also releases endorphins that lift your mood, and above all, it’s a huge confidence booster. It’s a win-win all around.

…But Sometimes, Get a Workout Buddy

I say “sometimes” because I know from personal experience, sometimes we rely too much on that workout buddy. But if you have a friend who has similar goals to yours, see when your schedules coordinate to run together, either outside or on your at-home equipment. Just don’t choose the friend who’d influence you to go get pizza instead!

Running can be one of the most fulfilling aspects of your fitness life if you switch your attitude towards it a bit. Once you look at it for not only all of it’s health benefits, but as a little something you do for yourself, you’ll find yourself wondering how you ever lived without it.