Posts Tagged ‘home fitness’

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I run for many reasons. First, running is a great cardiovascular sport. Second, it helps clear my mind, release stress, and when I’m finished, I’m usually more focused, relaxed, and ready to conquer the day at hand. Recently a friend asked, “What did you do to start running?”

When I started running, I could barely run 15 minutes before I was out of breath. I normally ran two to three times a week. I did this for about a month. Each time I ran, I set a goal of increasing my minutes on the treadmill anywhere from two to five minutes more than the last run.  As time went on, I begin to read websites such as Marathon Rookie and Runner’s World to learn more about the sport and improve my ability. As I begin to increase my speed and really commit to running, I decided to get my gait tested at a specialty running store. This is probably something you should do when you first start because the right person can really determine whether you need a neutral shoe for cushion versus a stability shoe for support. Buying and running in the wrong pair of shoes can cause serious injury to your feet, especially if you’re training for a half-marathon or marathon. In addition to wearing the right gear, I also found a running buddy. Running with others is fun, and it also challenges you, as well. (Accountability, anyone?)

How about you? Why do you run? If you’re not running, it’s never too late to start. We all start somewhere.

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My mind is frozen right now. It’s summer time, the kids are out of school, and it’s way too hot to play outside. On a day like today I would normally take them to the pool, but with a 6-year-old, 4-year-old, and 14 month old that is a challenge in itself. That is not going to happen. So what did I do to fit in exercise? (Remember I started my second round of P90X yesterday?!)

Well, I attempted to workout in the garage this morning. Normally my kids will chill long enough for me to “bring it” with Tony, but for some reason after the long holiday weekend they were way wound up. SO, I got through 20 minutes of Plyo, and since 10 this morning it has been a long Press Pause.

So my workout had to wait. Until now. I’m off to “bring it” in the peace and solitude of my garage while my wife puts the kids to bed. And yes, I’m starting Plyo all over again from start to finish! My health is important, so I make time for it. It is not always convenient, but I do it.

Are you making time for your fitness? How do you make it work with your family?