Run Mommy Run: Creating A Running Schedule And Sticking To It
It’s easy to dream of being in shape. It’s harder to achieve it. As a full-time parent (an often unforgiving job in itself) sometimes scheduling the time to hit the gym or local park can seem like an insurmountable obstacle. Keeping to that schedule is another story entirely. It can often feel like you’re back to square one if you miss a couple of sessions due to life circumstances, getting on the treadmill can feel harder than ever.
In reality though, there’s no need to fear, as there are multiple quick and easy steps you can take to ensure you stick to your exercise schedule. Cardiovascular exercise has been proven to wield a plethora of amazing benefits for your body, soul and mind, and training these can arguably help you become a better parent.
In any case, there’s no reason as to why you should endure mental anguish every time you consider getting back in shape, so this handy three-step guide is here to help you gain fresh perspective and fall in love with fitness again.
Use running apps to track your progress
Running apps can be a boon when it comes to keeping and scheduling your exercise. In order to make the most of these, keeping to a solid schedule is a must, but you needn’t embark on a hellish journey and push yourself to the limit every time you go. ‘Couch 2 5k’ is a running program that has gained immense popularity in recent years thanks to its ability to lure even the most novice runners out onto the road. Beginning with an interval of a few minutes walking and then less time running, Couch 2 5k shows you the benefits of interval training as a novice. In just 90 days, it plans to have you running 5k in under 28 minutes (around 3 miles.) The workouts can get difficult, especially when you advance a stage, but for the most part it’s as beginner friendly a running program as can be imagined!
Buy exercise equipment for your home
Why travel to the gym? Bringing exercise equipment into your home might be all you need to cut that gym commute time that eats away at your schedule. Purchasing a treadmill or other equipment means you’ll be much more likely to stick to your schedule in your free time. Plus sometimes an upfront investment in a new hobby will encourage you to spend time with what you invested in to justify the cost. Not to mention that worrying about your gym attractiveness will be a thing of the past!
Do HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training)
Athletes, weightlifters and average gym-goers alike are all reaping the benefits of High-Intensity Interval Training. This works in very much the same way as Couch 2 5k can help someone get off the couch, but it’s a little more intensive.
HIIT workout combines a minute or two of maximal effort in your cardio discipline, whether that be rowing, running or swimming, combined with a ‘cool off period’ of another few minutes. This is repeated until a full workout is performed, and you can cater this to your liking. Why is this superior?
Well, HIIT is an easier, more natural way to train as you spend less time in the fog of a painful workout and more time resting. This is why weightlifters make use of it, as it’s a good way to stay in shape without having to replace the calories a long endurance cardiovascular session might burn up.
New research states that HIIT could actually be more beneficial for you and get you in shape quicker than regular endurance training.
Keep these methods in mind, using one or all of them, and you’ll be much likelier to overcome that initial workout mountain that sometimes scares us away. Good luck!