How to juggle running with motherhood
Motherhood is a workout in itself. From juggling endless jobs before the school run, to late-night feeds on not enough sleep, it's no surprise that finding time to go for a run can sometimes seem like an impossible task. Check out these top tips on building running into your busy routine...
1. Early bird
It’s so common to hear ladies say they’re more proactive if they’ve had a morning run. Why not start your day off on the right foot by getting your run done early. There’s no impact on family time, as the children will (hopefully) still be sleeping, and it’s a sure fire way to boost your motivation for the day.
2. Run with a buggy
Running with a buggy is a great way to tone up your whole body. Luckily, there are some amazing models out there that have been specially adapted to accommodate running. So lace-up your trainers and take your little one out for some fresh air. It’s a great way to enjoy the great outdoors together.
3. Find a running buddy/babysitter
Find a like-minded mum who has the same childcare issues as you and take it turns to babysit while the other one runs. You could do it on alternate days or make it an all-in-one morning arrangement. That way you both get to exercise, and can look forward to a cuppa and a chat while the kids play. Win win in our books!
4. Gym childcare
Some gyms offer crèche facilities bookable by the hour on an adhoc basis. Affordability is always a factor but, if feasible, it’s a great way of grabbing that well deserved hour just for you.
5. Bring the older ones along
When your children have outgrown their buggy why not encourage them to join you for a quick jog around the park. For little ones that don’t want to run themselves, simply bring their scooter or bike along. It’s a great chance to spend some quality time and keep active as a family.
6. Run to or from work, or during your lunch
Providing you live close enough (and have shower facilities available) this is a great way of incorporating exercise into your day. Sorting what you need to pack is important, but once you’ve done it a few times you’ll be a pro! Imagine getting home knowing you’ve already exercised, the rest of the evening is all yours and it hasn’t had an impact on family time.
However you decide to get your run in make sure you don’t stress over it. Our lives are manic enough without adding more worries. Choose a method that fits comfortably with your daily or weekly life and always remember 10 minutes is better than no minutes at all.