Simple Tips for a Successful Couch to 5K

Warm weather is here! So many of us want to move our bodies but just don't know where to start, what to do, or when to do it (hello little ones!). Let us help! As moms ourselves, we have learned that going, going, going, for our families can be a really good thing. But if we're not also taking care of ourselves, it quickly becomes draining, miserable, and unsustainable. Even worse, we can start to resent our kiddos and husbands as we role the script of a victim mentality in our heads. But really, it's up to us how we spend our time. This is GOOD news because if you're not taking care of yourself now, you have the power to do something about it! Your kids look up to you so much and are watching and learning from you. Let's show them what it looks like to live balanced and healthy lives with lots of movement, personal challenge, and growth. Isn't that what we want for them?! So throw that hair up into a bun, fill up a bottle with ice-cold water, grab your Zoe Terra and strap your kiddos in. It's time to move! Movement helps us feel like our best selves for our kiddos, so we’ve partnered with supermom, fitness guru Emily Watson to provide some easy jogging tips that will get you up to speed in no time:woman-running:
Hi there! I'm Emily (@emilybreeze) - a mom to FOUR littles under the age of FIVE so as you can imagine my time is spread thin. Most of us are juggling way more than we need to but too many times I see moms letting their self care routine fall through the cracks. I make it a priority to move every single day. Jogging with my kiddos in the Terra Double makes it all the easier. 
Simple tips to get your :peach: off the couch and running :woman-running::skin-tone-2:
  1. RUN with friends/family - accountability is everything. Text a friend and schedule a regular day and time to hit the road together! Not only is the accountability helpful, but having someone by your side will motivate you to show up in ways you might not if you're on your own.
  2. Follow a plan. An exercise plan acts as a 'roadmap' that clearly identifies the steps you need to take to reach your desired destination. Without a plan you will be relying on a lot of luck to get you where you want to be. When you are setting goals, make sure that they are realistic and achievable. Set small goals that work up to long term big goals.
  3. START slow (yes you can start with walking) and gradually add more distance and speed. I like to recommend 2-3 days before graduating to your next level. This builds endurance and confidence in yourself!!
  4. Stay CONSISTENT. Show up for yourself every day. Put in the work. It's not really about how motivated you are, how hard you work, or even what you are doing. It's all about showing up. So on the days where you reeeaaaally don't feel like it, or can find a million reasons why you shouldn't, do it anyway! Consistently showing up is how you get results!
  5. ADD strength training. Strength training has the potential to reduce your injury risk by correcting muscle imbalances and improving muscle activation, as well as increasing the efficiency of your running biomechanics which results in improved running performance! Building strength will help you run faster and longer!

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