“Getting excited about fitness is not something you are born with - it is a mindset you can create and foster,” explains Ms. Constantinides, Greek women's basketball legend and ACS Athens Athletics Director. “Signing-up for a race associated with a cause you care about, like the ACS Athens Virtual 3K Run/Walk, can be a great catalyst to motivate you to make the shift so that going out for a walk or run is something you look forward to doing.”
For those us that need some coaching on where to start, Coach Constantinides has these five tips:
Plan Your Route - Think about a place that makes you happy and is easy to get to and then consider a safe, clear path where you can walk or jog. This can be in your neighborhood, a trail near a local park or even a part of the city where you might enjoy seeing the shop windows - whatever makes you happy.
Stay Hydrated - Before you head outdoors, make sure you are hydrated to help your body work optimally. This is important even if you are walking. In fact, to feel your best, get and stay hydrated days before you plan to do your race so that your body has had the chance to feel restored and ready.
Get Your Gear - Comfortable walking or running shoes are a must, but you also want to think about what other gear will keep you comfortable, such as sunglasses or hat on a sunny day or a breathable jacket with a hood when it is chilly.
Motivate Yourself - Consider what will motivate you to continue when you are tired or bored and find a way to bring that with you. Whether it is a podcast, fun playlist or a friend, find ways to embed motivation into your outing.
Celebrate and Keep Up the Good Work - Now that you have gotten yourself motivated and out the door, celebrate your milestone. This could be the beginning of a habit that you can rely on for better health and a fun escape. To stay motivated, you can challenge your time or frequency or even sign up for another race. But for now, congratulate yourself for accomplishing something good for you and for the cause you supported.
** These tips are not intended to substitute medical advice. **
** Please consult with a physician prior to starting any fitness activity or routine.**