Running stole my heart years ago. The feeling of the wind running through my hair not only brings excitement but a sense of calmness. When I was around 6 or 7, I would run with my father, while also screaming at him for taking me the long way (which I thank him for now). He would trick me into running four miles, instead of one. But now, I could run for hours just to get away from responsibilities and stress. I do not think of running as a workout, rather it is part of my daily life.
It has taught me many lessons throughout my life. One is to stay tough throughout battles mentally and physically. Running is a very mental workout, as it is hard to see a steep hill and tell yourself that you can get up it, no matter how tired you are. You can convince yourself that you cannot run four miles, just because it is too far (probably why my dad never told me how long we were running). Physically, because no matter how tired you are, you can always make it to the end of a run (well you don’t really have a choice since you have to get back to where you started). Running has also taught me that there is always time for a workout. You can wake up at 5 am, put your sneakers on and go for a run. There are no excuses.
Throughout my years of running, I have found that I lose more weight while doing kettlebell or dumbbell workouts. It helps tone my body while keeping my muscles lean. Since I am not used to working out with weights, I usually watch youtube videos. They help me work out for a specific amount of time without getting bored or lost. Below are a couple videos that I watch to stay motivated:
30 Minute Full Body Dumbell Workout: this video is my new favorite! It goes by quickly and you won’t feel it while working out, but the next few days will be very difficult to walk and sit!
Fitness Blender: I am a big fan of fitness blender as well. You can filter your results when you look for a workout. You can choose what equipment you have, as well as the maximum time you would like to work out for.
Nothing will beat a good run in my book.