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Moving to Run

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I enjoy running and I run 5 to 6 times a week. I wake up early, tie my shoelaces, go out and enjoy the crisp morning air wearing my running shoes, shorts and a lightweight long sleeves for a jog. I go around the neighborhood as early travelers pass me by in cars. This has been my routine day in and day out.

My friends often ask me how I can do it. They seem to have a difficulty battling it out with their alarm clocks to get them up and about early for a jog. Same with their exercise or fitness goals wherein other things come up like dinner dates, meetings and the like which makes them move their plans of exercising or going out for an evening run.

It happens to everyone including me. Where you can't seem to find time to be consistent with your fitness goals. We fall prey to giving this up to make way for other things that come up. One thing I've learned is that consistency is key. Making it a part of your lifestyle and committing to it would make a ton of difference. Second is having the will power to stay on course. To start getting into the habit, set aside 20 or 30 minutes of your time each day. Preferably have it the same time each day so you will have that mindset that, for example, 6AM is blocked off already as I need to jog or exercise during that time. With that it would be easier to plan out your day.

Making consistent work-out plans helped me stay in shape and has made a positive impact on my life. I wasn't at all good in jogging when I started out. I started out slow. No matter how hard or difficult it was, I jogged consistently until I got better at it. If you just started and cannot run consistently, My advice is doing it in intervals. Run for 5 minutes then walk the next 5 minutes and repeat the cycle until the interval for walking gets shorter and you maintain running all throughout.

Running is and will continue to be a part of my daily life. There may be times I may not be up for it, feel sluggish, or simply not in the mood. Sometimes when the going gets tough, I may want to skip it altogether but then again, I remember why I started in the first place so I get up and do it all over again because I enjoy it.

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