I run to relieve stress

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Answered by: Peggy, An Expert in the Women and Running Category
As a stay at home mom of twins, I longed for some time alone. My stress was out of control and I never felt happy. I had often heard exercise would help relieve stress, so I joined a boot camp class. For the next 8 weeks I woke up at 4:30 am to endure push ups, crunches, sit-ups, lunges and a run. I had see people run before and thought they look so peaceful and happy. After a few times of running I felt in love. I felt more energized and more focused. I actually had fun with my kids again. I wanted to play and teach them.

So you may be wondering, How do I start running to relieve stess? My first suggestion would be to invest some money. Like any hobby or sport you can choose to invest a little or a lot. I personally choose to spend a little. I spent about $60 and got a good pair of tennis shoes and sports bra. I don't see the point in spending a lot of money on something you dont know you will enjoy or stick with. Regardless how much money you choose to spend, defiently spend it on tennis shoes and a sports bra. They will become your best friend.

Next find a schedule that is good for you. Not what is good for your friend or your sister or your mom. What will work best for you. This is very important because is the schedule doesn't work you will not enjoy it or stick with it. You don't want to give yourself another chore. (Us moms have enough chores!) If possible pick out 3 days a week that you could get in a 30 minute run. If that is not possibe try for 2 days a week. You need to at least run 2 days a week to see progress.

When starting out running increase your time weekly until you have achieved your goal, then work on your time. Time will come, but you need to establish a good pace first. For example: try Week 1: run for 1 minute, walk for 3 minutes. Continue for 30 mintues. Week 2: run for 2 minutes, walk for 2 minutes. Continue for 30 minutes. Week: 3 run for 3 minutes, walk for 1 minute. Continue for 30 minutes. If you can't increase your time weekly, try bi-weekly. Just dont quit. I suggest writing on a calendar your times and distance so you can see progress. Also, write notes to yourself and hang them on your mirror that say I run to relieve stress, or I run for myself. You will need motivation to keep going.

I hope this helps you get in a rountine of running. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I throughly enjoy my running time and love to see my progress. I run to relieve stress. I run to enjoy myself. I run because I didn't like what I use to be. Running made me feel human again. Running made me feel accomplish and needing and awesome. I feel like as mothers sometimes we get so stressed about caring for others we forget to care for ourselves. Stick with it and achieve your goals. No matter what your goal is, stick to it and you will see greatness in yourself.

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