As a working mom, it has been a challenge to keep up with a daily workout routine. But it is important to me to fit exercise in on a daily basis. Having a fitness routine has greatly impacted my life in a positive way.
My daily workout routine begins each day at 5:30 a.m. as I either get on the elliptical or the treadmill. My fitness goal is to go exercise for a full hour. I usually start out on the treadmill and run as long as possible. Some days are better than others and I can manage over five miles. Other mornings aren’t so great and I struggle to run a mile. During my daily workout routine if I exercise hard one day I try to go a little lighter the next day. For example, if I run 5 miles on Monday I might go on the elliptical the next day and go a little slower.
My overall fitness goal each week is to burn no less than 500 calories a day per workout and an overall goal of 3,000 calories a week. I don’t always make it, but I do try. I have a bit of arthritis in my right ankle and some other foot problems that can make it too painful and require a day of rest sometimes.
Since I run competitively, my other fitness goal is to run no less than 13.1 miles per week. I currently have been running 14 to 15 miles weekly in preparation for a half marathon. I am working on my pace in the attempt to get near where I was before I began having problems with my foot and was diagnosed with arthritis. It has been a journey, but I was recently able to shave a half minute per mile off my 5-mile runs.
Before my foot injury I was just less than 110 pounds. With the injury and some other health problems including food allergies I gained 28 pounds. I have found an orthopedic doctor to work with to continue an active lifestyle, but to learn where my limits are. I currently keep a food diary and eat about 1500-1600 calories a day to shed some of those pounds. Through the food diary I am also beginning to learn how to eat according to my food limitations which helps in my daily fitness routine because I now have more energy since I am eating better.
Through my daily workout routines, I have learned a lot about myself. By running I have gained mental strength that I never knew I had. There is something about preparing for a race, hitting the wall, and needing to overcome this in order to finish the race. There have been other times when I have prepared for a race and ran faster than I ever have and won a medal. Those times give you confidence that you can’t get anywhere else. This confidence then affects other things in life because I know I can reach my goals and be successful even when it feels like I may never make it. I am also happier knowing that I am taking time for myself and can keep up with my kids, which is extremely important to me.
Keeping up with a fitness routine is hard to do at times but it is well worth it. I have better self-esteem through the confidence I have gained as a runner and it gives me an opportunity to do something for myself. Granted I have to wake up at 5:30 a.m. to fit in a daily fitness routine, but I wouldn’t trade it in for anything.