READER REPORT:

Running's a hard habit to break

ANTHONY DE VILLIERS
Last updated 05:00 25/01/2014
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MAGNETIC: The run itself develops a life of its own, explains Anthony de Villiers.

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Cutting the early morning ice is understandable if your motivation is fitness training or an upcoming event. Numerous indeed are the runners whose shoes fit this category.

There is another being though whose motive is self-applied discipline, that sees value in denying oneself that extra hour in bed. It is the determination to be the driver of one's own destiny - a sort of inoculation against the many existential discomforts you will experience on any given day, a recognition that voluntarily developed resilience is transferable to a host of life's other demanding experiences.

Of course there are also proven physiological benefits to running such as increased endorphin levels, weight control and cardio-respiratory fitness. These support and validate the activity of the daily run. The run develops a life of its own (what we unimaginatively used to call habit) and demands to be fed.

Runners, surfers, gymnasts, meditators, anyone who submits to daily acts of self-discipline will attest to the fact that once established the activity is magnetic.

Comfortable as the duvet may be, a greater affection prompts the abandonment of the cosy nook. 

On the same curve look for character traits such as self-knowledge, endurance, patience, humour. It's comforting to know that good habits are difficult to break.


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