On Your Mark...
Get set, GO….go run, go walk, go bike, go lift. just go! Moving and staying physically active has become my new lifestyle, especially running. Running has become more than just a hobby. It is my sanity, my therapy, my joy in my still young journey as a wife and mother. In fact running and HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts are my new normal. Waking up for 5 a.m. breastfeeding is now getting up for 5 a.m. 5- mile runs. My pre-gaming on Friday nights is often in preparation for long runs on Saturday mornings.
It wasn’t always like this. I was a very inconsistent exerciser until about two years ago when a few things helped me alter and maintain a workout schedule. The desire to lose the baby weight and control my then diagnosed high blood pressure (after having my second child). Specifically, what started my journey was to start and maintain a consistent workout schedule as well as shed a few pounds before my son’s first birthday. Here are a few suggestions of ways to get you started.
Set a goal. Any goal, small or big. My goal after getting the “ok” to workout postpartum after having my son was to run a 5k under 30 minutes. After nursing the baby I’d go for a run back in time for the next “mommy” duty. I also would bring my workout clothes to work, change into them after work and go straight to the gym or run before picking up the babies. That goal helped me train and run my post baby 5k in 28 minutes.
Set a schedule. Write it down and stick to it no matter what. Sure things will unexpectedly come up in your busy, hectic day. Life happens. But when you have a plan and/or schedule, finding time to get active is easier rather than just winging it.
Try new activities. Experiment and find what you like and what works for you (you did it in college, you can do it now).
Find a tribe. Find a group that you can join, or a buddy you can work out with. Two running groups I have found locally and have chapters nationally are Black Girls Run and Moms Run This Town. www.blackgirlsrun.com www.momsrunthistown.com
Challenge yourself. Sign up for a race longer than you have ever run, swam, or biked. Lift heavier. Get up a little earlier than usual to hit the gym. My most recent challenge was to complete my first half marathon in less than 2 hours. I did it!
Mamas, I know it’s extra hard for us to find that motivation when a good, uninterrupted night of Netflix is calling us, but in time, your mind and body will crave that nourishment consistently. So just GO!
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