September is coming to a close and what a month it has been. September is a busy month for teachers with the start up of school. There seems to be endless meetings and names to learn. I’ve been working full time this week and some days I feel like I don’t have enough time to get my work done. Along with dealing with car insurance/buying a car + open houses/house showings and uncertainty with the new house – it has been a stressful month.
Despite everything, I actually had a good month for running. The longest break I took was three days and that was because of the car accident. I’ve managed to kick ass on all my runs, hitting paces I normally don’t hit or at least struggle with during half marathon training. There were some days that I barely had 30 minutes to run, but I tried my best to go out and do something, even if it was just a 3K run. It seemed to help me get through a difficult month and keep me on track for STWM next month.
Getting the blood moving and sweat flowing seems to help me stay positive and de-stress. This one school year, I would regularly attend a GoodLife BodyFlow class to work out but also have a bit of relaxation time. Something about doing some yoga moves and stretches just made me feel so much better after the hour class was up. When I go to GoodLife now, I regularly see some teacher friends there after school, but I also see some of the same people there after their days. Maybe everyone is there to simply work out and train, but I think many are there to de-stress a little through exercise.
One of the last papers I wrote for grad school was about healthy schools and how regular physical activity should somehow be incorporated into the day for both staff and students. That doesn’t mean you have to go out and run 5 miles or lift super heavy weights. What I discussed was simply getting up and moving. Going for a walk, stretching or maybe even a little bit of dancing might help your mood and get you through another busy day. That is honestly how I got started with this whole running thing. I was bored at home when I moved to Ottawa and decided to start running. I started running 1KM at a time and thought I would never run longer than 5K. Now running is a part of my life and I think really helps me manage my time and stay healthy and positive.
This post was written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own.