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Whether you’re a dad, mom, full-time student, business owner, or 9-5er, finding time to take care of your health can be tricky. It’s true – life can be demanding, soaking up every last waking second we have in the day. And with a hectic schedule, it’s easy to put running at the bottom of our to-do lists. But today I want to give you some tips to help you find balance between work, school, family, and health. Not only will making time to run ensure that you stay on track with your health goals, but will also improve your focus and attitude towards the day ahead.
1. Put Running First – Seriously. Start each day with a run. I know, some of you won’t like this suggestion. But starting your day with a regular exercise routine can improve the quality of your entire day. You’ve always heard that you should get off on the right foot, setting yourself up for success. Get to bed early, set your alarm, and get a running start on your day!
2. Lunch Runs – How long do you get for lunch break? 30, 45, 60 minutes? Take half of that time and run with it (I’m loving these idioms)! Taking a break from the monotony (or stress) of a job, and going for even a short run can reduce tension and improve your state of mind. If you work for yourself, then you really have no excuse; set aside a small chunk of time each afternoon to hit the pavement and clear your thoughts. You may be surprised at how much better you feel after a quick run.
3. Take the Family with You – Ever see those moms and dads pushing kids in strollers while running? They’re taking Tip 3 here, and not letting a crazy schedule interfere with their running agenda. Not only is this a great way to get your miles in, but it allows you to share your passion with the ones you love most. Plus, the kids love it! Check out the picture to the right of my friend Leetra’s kids. They traveled over 1,200 miles with their momma in 2013. You can read all about their adventures on her blog Running My Life.
But this tip isn’t just for kids – perhaps your spouse would like to run with you. If he/she is worried about not keeping up, go to a track and do laps together. This way everyone stays only a short distance apart.
4. Register for a Race – There’s nothing like signing up for a race to get you saying, “I gotta Run!” Also, when we’ve got a clear goal in mind, we’ll likely have a schedule to accompany it. It’s amazing how disciplined we can be when there’s a carrot in front of our noses. Sign up for a race, get a training schedule, and carve out time for your runs.
5. Make Running a Priority – Many of you won’t have a problem with this. But often times I hear people say that they just don’t have time to get their workouts in. As I mentioned before, I understand that life gets busy. But health should be number one on your agenda, above all else. Make running (or whatever exercise you do) just as important as eating, sleeping, or… brushing your teeth. When we look at health as not an option, but a necessity to live, then we will surely make time for it.
I hope that these tips will help you adjust your schedules, and think of even more ways to incorporate running into your daily lives. In fact, if you have some tips of your own, add them to this list by commenting below. I can’t wait to hear your suggestions!