Went for a 3.5 mile run this morning. It was cold yet beautiful! I was kind of off my game last week from spring break and some other important things going on, but I am happy to report I’ve reduced my running time to 9:30. Yay! That’s over a minute lower than my original running time!
On this wonderful run, I was thinking about why I fell off my running schedule and why others have a hard time exercising and it is: time. According to my PT book, time is the biggest preconceived barrier a person will have towards making a lifestyle change (of any kind really). When I decided I wanted to start running, I made two things.
- a weekly planner of my normal week (since I’m unemployed and in school, my weekly play-by-play is pretty predictable).
- a work out schedule (like I’ve posted before). this is just a mock up
|2/23||2.5 mi||Pilates||3 mi||Yoga||3 mi||Yoga||6 mi|
|3/2||2.5 mi||Pilates||3.5 mi||Yoga||3 mi||Yoga||7 mi|
|3/9||3 miles||Pilates||4 mi||Yoga||3.5 mi||Yoga||8 mi|
|3/16||3 miles||Pilates||4 mi||Yoga||3.5 mi||Yoga||9 mi|
Now, I know everyone likes to do their own thing, but I like checking things off. The check gives me satisfaction that I did what I set out to do that day.
Together, these two schedules have helped me time manage. I also use this technique in the off season- like when I had a job. Time management is essential to keeping yourself on track.
The other major factor in exercise is motivation- I think everyone struggles with this at some point or another. So.. Switch it up! Run somewhere new, try another exercise class! After a while, people reach a “plateau” effect. Workouts are boring and results are not as prominent as when you started.
Most importantly- have a support team! Find a group of people to start MyFitnessPal with you. Or get some people at work to run a 5k together! People have much better success in numbers.
Hope everyone has a great day!