I hate running!

I hate running!

June 05, 2018

In a typical developed country, 1 out 5 people runs or jogs.  That’s a lot of folks you may conclude!  The proportion of perfectly valid people not runners remains a staggering number.  Actually, the majority (more than 50%) of able people do not run. 

You must have discussed the “reasons why” you run oor why you don't many times.  The reasons why are plenty in both camps but it is intriguing to study what is hiding behind the “non-runners” responses.  We all know how good it is for you, so some strong justifications are in order.

I recently conducted a survey, asking non-runners why they did not run.

*1st question asked: are you a runner/jogger?

When the answer was YES.  The survey stopped.

*2nd question: why are YOU not running/jogging?

The answer were simply tallied with no follow-up questions.

 The list of answers:

  • My body is not made for running
  • I am too old for that
  • Running never felt right to me
  • I am too quickly out of breath
  • I just can’t
  • Running is too hard on my body
  • My knees are shot

And the two most common answers:

  • I have no time
  • I hate running

The results are in line with a blog post written by Iusedtohaterunning.com.

In 2013, Fauja Singh finished a 10K race in Hong-Kong in 1H32.  He was 101 years old.  Beyond mechanical abilities, running is like any other decisions, it must first be a committed thought.  Beyond the law of inertia covered in a previous blog, the very reason non-runners remain sedentary has not much to do with time, body curvatures or “being made for it”. 

People always end up avoiding what does not FEEL GOOD, even if they benefit from it.

It is in our DNA to look for "good feelings".  Even runners, confronted with tremendous adversity, we seek a comfort zone.  We may love to hurt temporary because we feel even better afterwards!  This is the reason FITLY feels so good when you wear it.  It is also in its DNA and you will FEEL it immediately.

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