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5 Tips for Motivation to Start Running

Set a Goal

Goal setting may sound like a boring task done with corporate HR consultants in airless hotel meeting rooms. But we're not talking about those kind of goals -- we're talking about goals to make your exercise program fun.

For example, why not choose a destination somewhere in the country and slowly but steadily rack up the miles until you get there. Say you live in Chicago and want to run to Key West. That's 1,241 miles. So, start keeping a record of every mile you run on the very first day you head out. Imagine how you'll feel when you realize you've covered the distance of about half the United States. It wouldn't hurt to reward yourself with an actual trip to your motivational mecca when you've achieved your goal, too.