Monday, February 28, 2011

Exercise: Getting Unstuck

Me after a good run in 2008
I ran for 30 minutes today. The reason I'm celebrating is because this is the first time I run successfully in a while. I know all about circumstances of life, the real reasons not to get out there and sweat. What I've learned is that I have to get around those mountains while establishing healthy habits for myself. Here are some common circumstances and the way to get around them:

Circumstance #1: I know all the benefits from working out, I just don't have motivation to get out there and start. 
Solution: Trick yourself to get out there: have your gym clothes ready to go. Ask a friend to meet you in the park. Write it down on a calendar and watch the numbers multiply.

Circumstance #2: I have two kids and no babysitter. 
Solution: Wake up before everyone and workout while dad is at home. If you are single, take advantage of babysitting in the gym or ask a friend girl to keep your kids for an hour. 

Circumstance #3: I want to run a marathon but I usually give up after running for 30 seconds.
Solution: Set small goals for yourself and build from there.

Circumstance #4: I don't have money to sign up for a gym membership. 
Solution: Take advantage of the good weather and workout in the park or walk in your neighborhood. Even walking in the mall counts. If you are local, the fitness challenge Healthy Haywood is an amazing deal. For only $10 you have access to 16 local businesses such as gyms, dance studios and even a roller skating rink. For more information, click here
My friend Tina & I ran together in '09

Finding support systems can also provide positive encouragement when it comes to exercise. I'm accountable to my husband and by keep telling you what I'm doing here on the blog, I'm further encouraged to keep striving for better health. 
I want you to know that my goal is to run three 5Ks by the end of July. Come back for updates on training and for those finish line photos. Have a healthy week!

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