Why I started running – and how it has helped me make more time for everything else in my life
I started running this year after my 28th birthday. I was reaching the half-way point in my undergraduate degree, share-housing, working in hospitality, and severely unhealthy and unhappy.
So I decided to do something. I started with a morning routine, which consisted of 10 minutes of mediation, 10 minutes of writing (I used this time to plan my day), and 10 minutes of reading. This then evolved into a routine that included a run in the mornings before I started my day (let’s be honest, it was a slow shuffle in the beginning).
It was amazing! I began by using the C25k App, which was brilliant, and soon I was confidently running up to 6km at a time.
I realised that when I was running regularly, I was so much more productive during the day! I was scheduling more into my day, including 30-60 minutes of running, and I ended up having more time to get everything done! For some reason, running made me start using my time more productively. Since I needed to squeeze in the extra running time every day, I ended up prioritising the rest of my time better.
Using my time more wisely is just one of the major benefits that I’ve noticed from adding running into my daily life, and I notice it so much more when I’ve skipped a few days, or fallen behind on my running schedule. I will realise that not only have I missed a few days of running, but I’ve also been more slack in other areas of my life, like study or housework.
Isn’t it funny how such a small change can affect your life in such a huge way?
I’ll make sure to do a complete list of ALL of the benefits of running, and also my beginner running story, as well as some tips to get started ASAP!
Do you notice that you’re better with using your time when you’ve incorporated a fitness routine into your schedule? Do you feel more organised or prioritise your time better?