Overcoming Hurdles: Making Time to Run
When it comes to living up to my promise to add fitness back into my routine, I’m finding many hurdles along the way. And, I am not talking about the kind of hurdles one has to jump over on a track. No, my friend, these hurdles are the common barriers I have to overcome to make fitness a priority in my life. This is by no means an easy task.
- The biggest barrier of them all is –TIME. There never seems to be enough time in a day to get all the things I want accomplished. How am I ever going to find the time to fit in yet another activity? My guess is I’m not alone in this area. I barely get around to finishing my laundry on Sunday evenings! Some Monday mornings I’m left scrambling to find clean clothes to wear. But if I can’t find the time, I’m going to have to make the time. I’ve set an official appointment in my daily schedule. I’m a big fan of training calendar apps. My personal favorite is MYASICS. Not being much of an early riser, I fit my running into the evening hours. Let’s be honest, I don’t want to set myself up for failure. The Mayo Clinic advises, “Work with your nature, not against it. Plan physical activity for times of the day when you tend to feel more energetic — or at least not quite so lazy.”
- My next hurdle is trying to stick with running and not give into defeat so easily. Once I decide to do something and make it a priority –I’m all in! I jump on board and go full throttle, probably progressing more rapidly than I should. To quote the Mayo Clinic again, “Set realistic goals. Don't promise yourself you're going to work out for an hour every day, and then get down on yourself when you fall short. Stick with goals you can more easily achieve, such as exercising 20 minutes a day, three days a week for the first month.” I constantly need to remind myself to start off small and work my way up at a slow and steady pace.
With a routine time set and realistic goals outlined, I am confident my fitness routine and I will have a better chance this time around. I am determined to make it work. Did you hear me stomp my foot? “I can do it!” I tell myself. So far I am positive and motivated. We’ll see what next week brings.
What are some of your biggest hurdles when it comes to making time for fitness?
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