As a working mom with two kids, ages two and four, I often find it tough to carve out time for running. But when I do, I find that I have more energy and enthusiasm for everything, including my kids. Here are some ways to squeeze more stress-relieving miles between family responsibilities.
Break up your runs. If you don’t have large blocks of time for exercise, run for 15 minutes in the morning and another 15 minutes at night. You’re still getting mostly the same health and calorie-burning benefits as running all the miles in one workout.
Find a gym with child care. This may sound like a pricey option, but I find it to be much cheaper than paying a babysitter to come to my house.And my kids get a playdate out of it.
Bring the kids along. Invest in a jogging stroller—you can find great deals for used ones on Craigslist. If your kids are too big for a stroller, run on a bike path so they can ride, scoot or skate next to you. You could also take them to the playground and run around the perimeter of the play area, or run laps at your local high school track while the kids play on the field.
Get creative. Try to work out a child-care swap with another parent. Or run during your kid’s soccer practice, rather than dropping him or her off, going home for a short time and then heading out to pick him or her up.
Stick to a routine. Whether you want torun in the morning while everyone is still sleeping or during evening TV time, consistency is key. You’ll be more likely to stick to a set schedule, and the family will get used to your routine and respect your alone time. Article from Asics Running Shoe! The shoe of choice for TEAM DIRTY RED!