Summer is here. You want to get fit. But you are too busy. How can you get fit around your own schedule? A sport that’s cheap, where you don’t have to commit to a class at a set day, time and place. Have you thought about running? Here are my 7 reasons why I think running is the best exercise for busy mums.
7 reasons why running is the best exercise for busy mums
1. Fit running around your day
When worked I would run in the evenings. The kids were fed, on their way to bed, when King of the Mountains got back from the office, I was straight out the door.
On the days I didn’t work, I’d do the school-run-run. Run to school with the kids (they’d be on bikes and scooters), drop them off at school then continue with the run.
Now, I drop the kids off at school come home, pick up the dog and shoot out for a run. That’s the beauty of running you just simply slot it into your day.
Check out this brilliant article by Leanne Davis from Run Mummy Run on how to fit running into your busy day.
2. Running is a cheap(ish) sport
The only big investment is a good pair of trainers and a super rock solid sports bra.
It’s up to you how much you want to spend on the rest of the kit. I’m a big fan of Decathalon, and I hear Aldi does great running gear. But if you want to go all out, Sweaty Betty is fab, and the fashionistas’ favourite Lulu Lemon does running gear.
3. Running is great for your mind, body, and soul
I run for my sanity.
Running has got me through some tough times in my life – miscarriages, failed IVF, it’s kept me going when we went through rough patches with the adoption.
Running is great for reducing stress, it makes me feel happy. Running is my Prozac, running can:
- Release endorphins
- Give a sense of happiness and euphoria
- Boost self-esteem
- Increase energy levels
- Help with weigh loss
4. Got kids? Get them to join in
Pop the kids on their bikes, scooters or skateboards and they can come out too. They are great for moral! I’ve done this several times, me running with the dog and two kids in tow on bike and skateboard.
Got a baby? Check out this article on running buggies, pop baby in, strap him or her up and out you go!
5. Win some bling!
No one ever gave me a medal for finishing a spin class or crawling out of body pump.
There’s nothing like that feeling when you cross the finishing line and put on that medal!
6. Turn your running into me time
That’s what running has become for me. Time to get out of the house, breathe in some fresh city air, forget about cooking meals, chasing after kids, tidying the house.
7. Make new friends
Running can open up a whole new friendship circle.
Whether you decide to join a running club or a virtual running group. The Run Mummy Run Facebook group has over 40,000 running mummies who will cheer you through your running highs and lows.
Why not give running a go.
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