Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.

The power of exercise cannot be underestimated.

Jogging, running, cycling and any physical activity are a great way to instantly boost your mood, maintain a healthy body and stay in shape.

The trouble is it all seems so hard.

If you don’t do something to keep fit on a regular basis you can suffer changes in your mood and psychology as a result, which in turn can affect your performance.

Starting small with a walk around the block (as Jim Rohn would suggest) can be enough to ignite the desire to do more, or to at least make more of an effort in future to be active.

The key to changing your habits and being more physical is to start ridiculously small – I take this inspiration from Leo Babauta who recommends starting so small you are compelled to carry on.

So if you want to start running- set your goal to run for 30 seconds. That’s it.

Once you have got ready to run and left the house and the 30 seconds are up, you will obviously carry on and may well get a good 5 or 10 minute or longer run.

Had you planned to run 15 minutes every day you would have perceived it as a chore – but by planning to run for 30 seconds you overcome the inertia or procrastination and get a great feeling of accomplishment as of course you achieved more than you set out to do.

Sounds silly? you bet.

Does it work? you bet.

Running, walking and any other type of activity that gets you away from computer screens, ringing telephones, bills, stresses and strains and normal life is a great boost toward your well-being and happiness each day.

Think about how you could incorporate physical activity into your daily life – no matter how small.