Run, Mommy, Run

Just a mommy of two with a passion for running, health and fitness! I love sharing that passion with others as well as tips, advice, challenges and a little bit of humor.

Sarah is a winner of Top 25 Health & Wellness Moms - 2012

What's one tip you'd give to moms struggling to make time for physical activity?

Schedule it in and make it fun! Most busy moms don't have the free time to workout, they make the time. Just like any other activity, you need to make sure that you allow time for physical activity. By viewing workouts along the same lines as you view taking the kiddos to school, cooking meals, going to work, things you do because you have to do them, you'll be more likely to actually do it. Having a plan is one of the best ways to ensure that you get the time you need. Share your plans with family and friends to help with accountability. Never feel bad about taking that time either. Moms need time to stay active just like everyone else! A fit, healthy mom is a happy one...and as we all know, a happy mom makes a happy family. And always make your workouts fun. If you look forward to going on your run or going to class at the gym you'll find it's easier to make time to go.

What's your best advice for moms trying to get healthy?

Take it one day, one challenge at a time. Just as you wouldn't try and finish every item on your "to do" list all at once, you cannot try and check off every item on your "get healthy" list all at once. Make your first challenge a small one so that it easily accomplished. With each small change and small accomplishment you will move closer and closer to the ultimate goal of getting healthy, and you'll feel pride in completing each goal. Try not to get discouraged at setbacks. As with any big change, setbacks are natural. Learn from your mistakes and know that getting healthy isn't all or nothing, it's baby steps. Always remember that getting healthy truly is a lifestyle and not something you can end when you are done. There is no stopping point, but rather life-long changes that lead to a healthier you.

What motivates you to stay active while raising a family?

My family is what motivates me to stay active! I've always been an active person, but having two children has made me pay even more attention to my health. Not only do I want to be healthy for them, I want them to grow up understanding how important a healthy, active lifestyle is. I also want to be a good role model for them and have them see their mommy go after her dreams. They have seen first hand how hard I've worked and how pleased I've been with the outcome. At a young age they have already realized that hard work and dedication can get you where you want to go. I also think that it's crucial that we, myself, my husband, and our two children, stay active as a family. We play together, grow together, and enjoy each other while doing it.