Do you get caught up in the daily grind of life? Find yourself working too much, not doing what you love and feeling like crap? I have fallen into the same “American Dream” trap. Work harder so you can provide for your family and have more time to play in the long term. But, in the meantime you are killing yourself inside.
Not exercising enough, eating poorly and just not taking care of yourself. You know how it goes. Have you heard that quote about not sleeping enough being like smoking cigarettes? Or something like that.
Bottom line, many american’s struggle to take care of themselves when life gets busy.
Running has always been something that I enjoyed but never something I focused on. Never something I did regularly. Until this year that is.
I’ll be telling a quick story of why I think a short run each night has saved my life and then talk about a few tips and strategies to easily get started with your own easy jogging plan.
Spoiler alert – You don’t have to train for a marathon each night to see some results.
Here’s a quick health story about me.
My heart burn came back with a vengence this year. If you don’t know what GERDS is, take a look here. I’ve been diagnosed with this for about 10 years. It’s basically just really bad heart burn. It doesn’t allow you to focus, drains your energy and just makes you feel like poop. Did I use poop and crap within the first page already? Shit!
The first time GERDS happened, I was a big chewer. I actually chewed tobacco for quite some time. Half my life to be exact. I finally kicked the habitat when my first kid was born. Here’s a link to my story there.
Part of what got me to quit was heart burn. The doc said – you can take these pills and they should take care of the problem. Pills? Hey man, I wasn’t going to be stuck taking pills for the rest of my life.
Instead I just gave up tobacco and it went away. Now, 4 years later, GERDS is back and I don’t have tobacco to quit this time to solve the problem.
So, exercise is the first thing that comes to my mind. And with any activity, having the right gear can be critical. Running shoes are the key. Instead of going with the Brooks running shoes that killed my legs years ago, I went with a pair of Saucony shoes this time. What a difference for my joints. Saucony’s just fit my body.
There’s the first quick tip – Find a good pair of running shoes that fit your feet, legs and body.
My new long story short – I started running for a very short time each night putting the kids to bed. That’s right, I was that dad out there at 8, 9, 10 and even 11 pm jogging with the kids in the Bob Stroller.
It worked. My heart burn went away mostly with just 20 minutes or so of jogging each night. And I was able to get some extra outdoor time late in the evening.
This heart burn deal will always have the potential to pop up but I feel like it’s my body telling me to step up and take care of it. Running has allowed me to step up.
If you don’t have time to read that article, here are a few quick tips to get you going…..
6 Tips to Get Started Running for the Long-Term
- Get Comfortable Running Shoes that fit your feet and body
- Make it a Habitat by staying on a regular schedule. If you only have 15 minutes, 2 days a week -just start there. Slowly build up.
- Warm up? Nah, I’m not sure this one is critical. I usually start with a little walk but that’s about it. You probably don’t want to break into a sprint without warming up, but for most of us a nice brisk walk transitioning into a jog should be good.
- Set a Goal and Write it down. Did you know that thing about writing your goals down? You are something like 90% more likely to complete them.
- Grab a friend, partner or running Group for Accountability. It’s kind of like my chewing habitat. I had to tell everyone I knew I quit so they would help to hold me accountable.
- Stay Loose and Shake It! That’s right, shake it up good. I find that shaking my arms, head and other extremities just feels good while running. Instead of clenching and putting pressure on things. Stay Loose.
That’s it. Super simple. Good gear, habits, goals and accountability. This could probably apply to most things we do in life. Are you with me? Let’s do this.
How about the outdoor challenge? Another way to help get you out there more often.
Do you see a trend? Yeah, it is my goal to inspire you to get outdoors and get more active this year.