Finding time for running as a mom can be challenging, but what about when you’re a single mom? Today’s guest blogger Theresa Brawner, fitness instructor, gives useful tips on finding time for running as a single mother.
When was the last time you’ve taken some time for yourself? With all that running around and struggling to keep everything under control, who can even think about working out, even though you really should. Exercising allows you more than to just be in shape, it helps you stay healthy, boosts your metabolism and what’s maybe most important – that is the time you take for yourself. Running is great cardio and it also serves as a form of meditation, once you get through initial growing pains that come with it. If you think you can’t find time for running, we’re here to tell you – Yes you can, and here are a few tips on how to do it.
Rise with the Sun
If you’re a single working mom, then you’ve got your work cut out or you and it isn’t easy. However, that doesn’t mean that you should completely neglect who you are and lose yourself in to-do lists and chores. Getting up earlier than you usually do gives leeway for doing things on your own terms, without anyone or anything in the way.
Waking up with the sun is a great way to spend some time alone with your thoughts without rushing to do something else and this is where you can fit in your running routine. Be it around the house, in the park or someplace else, running in the morning is one of the best ways to jumpstart your day. Depending on how much time you spend on your running quest, you can organize and do other things when you return and then when the rest of the world wakes up, you’ll be primed and ready to take it on.
Ever Heard of Runch?
So maybe you were too tired and did get up quite as early as you expected this morning, so there was no time for running, what now? Well, you can always find a bit of time to get some exercise in your working hours, or to be more precise, during your lunchtime. If you’ve got an hour or hour and a half to eat, you can combine it with running and you get a runch.
Most of the time we don’t need 90 minutes to eat, so why not run for 45 and then leave the rest for hearty healthy meals? Having a runch is great to give you an active break from work and it also inspires you to eat well because you don’t want to throw all the spent calories to the wind. It’s a win-win situation really.
Write It Down
When you’re juggling all you have to do at home, at work and with your child, you better have a calendar and crazy planning skills. It’s no easy task doing what you do daily, but as long as you manage to cross off most things from your to-do list, you’re golden. Unfortunately, exercise is usually the one that gets pushed back whenever something pops up and you can easily spend weeks without getting any running into your day, simply because there are more important things.
Well, finding time for yourself is pretty important as well, so find some time for running in your calendar and when it comes, grab your sneakers and head out. Be prepared and take your running gear wherever you go, that way you can’t make any excuses. Treat your running time just like you would any other meeting or obligation – by showing up for your running session, you show up for yourself and that shows that while respecting everyone else, you find time to respect yourself too. – Theresa Brawner
Theresa Brawner is a 28-year-old fitness instructor from Boston, MA, who writes articles for www.diet.st. in her free time. When she isn’t helping new moms get back in shape, you can find her in the kitchen, working on new recipes.