Military Workout: 6 Routines You Can Try at Home

military workoutAre you courageous enough to try a military workout? Even though I’ve run five half marathons and one marathon, these workouts are incredibly intense.  After looking at what some of the basic training routines require a person to do, it is no wonder the United States has the best military in the world.

The training is second to none.

Now, I haven’t tried these myself yet. Frankly, aside from the running, they’re pretty intimidating and I doubt I could get through even half of one session!  That said, it would be fun to give them a try.

I have 6 military workouts below that you can try at home. Here’s how it will work.  I’ll provide a portion of the workout below along with the resource article.  This way, if you like a particular military workout, you can check out where to get the full routine.

See if you have what it takes. Let’s go, plebe!

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How To Start Running: 5 Tips to Help You Get Going

Are you looking for a way to get in shape that’s light on the wallet?  Have you ever wanted to learn how to start running?

how to start runningMaybe you made a New Year’s resolution to run going into this year.  However, even though you went out and used your Nike or Under Armor gift card for a brand new pair of running shoes, they have only seen action once or twice at best.

Or maybe you were doing fine for a few weeks or months, but life happened and you got out of the running habit.  Now, you lost a lot of the progress you made.

Then again, maybe you ran for a long time in your high school or college days.  But, life got in the way and running fell by the wayside.

Do any of these scenarios sound like you?

If it does, that’s alright. I’m not writing this to pick on you.  But, I am writing this to call you out.

Are you going to learn how to start running or not?

Are you going to accomplish your goal and make running a habit or not?

The ultimate question is – are you going to change your life or not?

Yes, running can change your life. I know because it changed mine in a very positive way starting in July 2014 when I committed to training for my first half marathon.  Two and a half years later, I have completed the 2015 Philadelphia Marathon, 5 half marathons, and a few 10K and 5K races.  That along with hundreds of miles of training runs.

Running has increased my confidence and boosted my health. I have high blood pressure issues due to family history and weight – and running has helped lessen the dosage of my BP medication.

But, enough about me. This is about you.  How can we get you out there running and make it stick?

Here are five ways that helped me learn how to start running and stick with running for the long haul.

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Fitness Journey: How Jay Lost 50 Lbs. Running 10Ks

Do you get as excited as I do reading about a person’s fitness journey?  I enjoy watching the complete transformation of people on shows like The Biggest Loser.  I can appreciate the intense emotion and difficulty these individuals went through to achieve such a momentous personal feat.

fitness journeyHaving run a marathon, five half marathons, and several 10Ks and 5Ks, I understand the training and mindset it takes to power through when you want to give up.  So, I support anyone trying to craft their own fitness journey and change their lives for good.

Enter Jay Cunningham.  I had the pleasure of meeting Jay not too long ago on Twitter.  Social media really can be used for great things and connecting with awesome people like Jay is the best.

Jay is a guy who was overweight for a large part of his life.  However, one day, he decided enough was enough and committed to his own personal fitness journey.  He even started a blog about his experience called Jogger’s Journey, so be sure to check that out.

I asked Jay to share his story because I know it will hit home with so many people.  We are a country that is obsessed with looks and appearance.  Being overweight is a huge epidemic in America.

So, if I can help anybody by sharing the story of a great weight loss and fitness journey like Jay’s, then I am doing my job as a blogger.  Thank you, Jay, for being an inspiration to all of us.

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5 Health Tips for the Busy Mom Trying to Stay Fit

How many Moms out there neglect to take care of themselves? Usually, Mom is the last person Mom worries about.  She is always doing for all of us.  And, for the busy Mom trying to stay fit, you can almost forget any physical activity that doesn’t involve chasing a toddler.

busy mom trying to stay fitFor my wife, I know that she has the desire to workout and even makes attempts here and there. But, after caring for our young son all day, driving him to all of his activities, cleaning up after him, and making sure he doesn’t hurt himself, she is (rightfully) exhausted.  By then, getting off the couch feels like working out.

This is the case for both stay-at-home mothers and working mothers alike. There just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day.  Even if there was more time, I’m sure my son would figure out a way to stay up later.

Mom needs a break and she needs time for herself. She needs a chance to recharge.  We wouldn’t let our phones go uncharged for very long, so why let our wives, girlfriends, and mothers?

As a husband, it’s part of my job to make sure Anna gets what she needs. Do I fail at this?  Yes, constantly.  But, I think this post is just as important for the mothers out there as it is for us guys.

Relationships are give and take. And to avoid issues in yours, we all need to do a better job of making sure our significant others (a.k.a. the mothers of our children) get what they need.

With all that said, here are a few suggestions for the busy Mom trying to stay fit (and those of us who need to make sure they get that time).

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Financial and Physical Health: The Link Between Money and Fitness

Have you ever considered the connection between your money and fitness level?  Well, I decided to start this blog and called it Run The Money for the specific reason that I believe they are connected.  If you’re reading my posts, you are a person who wants to run their money and not let their money run them.  You want to be fiscally fit as well as physically fitI firmly believe that financial and physical health go hand in hand.

financial and physical healthThe relationship can certainly be in varying degrees from person to person.  However, the same mindset that comes with financial discipline can be attributed to a regimen of exercise and eating healthy.

So, with that said, I want to use two fundamental aspects of both financial health and physical health to illustrate this concept.  For financial health, we will use the basis of your financial life: the budget.  For physical health, we will use running because it’s one of the simplest and cheapest ways to work out.

How does running relate to budgeting?  I’m glad you asked.  Let’s explore the relationship now.

It takes discipline to master your financial and physical health.

We will start here. I eluded to it in the opening paragraph.  You need discipline in all areas of your life if you want to maintain a high degree of financial and physical health.

Consider our example of budgeting and running.  Staying on budget and saving money requires a similar mindset and disciplined lifestyle to keeping a running schedule.  The monetary sacrifice of budgeting and saving like the physical sacrifice of running will improve your overall mindset and self-satisfaction.

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Weight Loss Journey: How Steve Uses Accountability to Get Healthier

Don’t you love a good story about a person’s weight loss journey?

I know I do.  That’s why I asked Steve from My Family On A Budget to share his fitness / weight loss transformation story with us.

weight loss journeySteve, like many of us out there, had trouble losing weight.  Well, how can you blame the guy?  He’s a loving husband and a stay-at-home daddy to two beautiful girls.  The guy doesn’t exactly get a lot of time to focus on himself.

But, that’s how it is as we get older isn’t it?  We get married and raise children.  Our hopes and dreams for ourselves become hopes and dreams for those entrusted to our care — our spouses and children.

My wife will never let me live down how I ran a marathon one month after my son was born.  Setting my “new dad” move aside, I lost about 40 pounds between 2014 and 2015 with dieting and running.

However, like Steve, I gained a lot of it back.  Sure, I can blame my new dad duties, but the truth is I allowed myself to eat crap again.  I didn’t hold myself accountable and my wife was too busy being a new nursing mother to help me there.  Plus, I did kind of run a marathon when my son was a month old!

Anyway, check out the details of Steve’s weight loss journey.  I know I saw some parallels in my own personal weight loss journey and I’m sure some of Steve’s story will resonate with you.

Thank you, Steve, for sharing your story with us!

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Best Half Marathon Playlist

Do you have a playlist of songs that just pumps you up?

best half marathon playlist run the moneyYou know what I’m talking about.  Maybe you’re having a great day and the sun is out.  You put the windows down and crank it up as you drive along.

If you’re a runner or are working your way to becoming one, I consider a great playlist a must.  When the training runs get long, you need that little something that picks you up and gives you that extra push.

Sure, you will meet people that don’t listen to music when they run.  In fact, some races don’t allow the use of earbuds to even listen to your favorite playlist.  But, I’m not here to tell you that.

I’ve used the songs below to train for five half marathons and one marathon.  All of these songs (plus about 30 more) made it to my playlist for the 2015 Philadelphia Marathon.  And if there was ever a time I needed motivation, it was running for 5 hours that day!

The playlist of songs below are rather eclectic.  It spans my love for country music and 90’s rock.  Yes, I’m a bit nostalgic.

But, these songs work.  They are great running songs.  I share them here because I used them and I believe that you can benefit from adding these songs to your playlist.  When the training runs get long, you need a pick me up.

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5 Key Takeaways from my first Half Marathon

Have you ever had the desire to prove something?

Maybe it was to yourself. Maybe it was to your friends or family.  Maybe it was to that coach or teacher who made you doubt your own abilities.

lessons from my first half marathonWhoever made you (or makes you) feel that way, their words stick with you. They creep in at unexpected times and you may even put yourself back in that situation where they told you that you were less than.

I am very introspective, so I find myself reevaluating past experiences a lot. Sometimes it’s healthy and sometime it’s not.

Well, in July 2014, I was in a read need to have a personal win. I was forced to go back to work after our real estate business had a tough winter.  I went from the high of leaving my job to the low of having to beg to return.

My wife suggested that I train for a half marathon as it would give me a goal to shoot for. I am the type of person that needs to look forward to things and needs to work toward something.  So, being a former runner as well, this was right up my alley.

I made the goal to run a half marathon by November, but I wanted to challenge myself to actually complete the full distance while running and walking beforehand. My wife even decided to join me.

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Growth Mindset: 3 Ways Running Provides Mental Toughness

Do you ever wonder how the world’s elite athletes do it?

They make it look so easy. Tom Brady executes a perfectly thrown ball for a touchdown.  Usain Bolt outruns the field yet again.  Clayton Kershaw throws a pitch with pinpoint accuracy on the black for strike 3.  Phil Mickelson sinks an unlikely 30-foot putt.

What’s the secret? Well, if you ask Darren Hardy of Success Magazine, it’s about the grind:

It’s the hours in the gym that you don’t see.

It’s the thousands of balls they hit on the practice green that is not filmed.

It is the hundreds of gigs they perform in small seedy clubs for no pay.

It is the thousands of calls they make that DON’T result in a sale.

It’s the years of two-a-days in the hot sun and grinding it out in the minor leagues and doing meetings where no one shows up.

All those moments, despite the boredom and the mundaneness, they keep GRINDING!

Do yourself a favor and read the full article.  It’s worth it and incredibly motivating.

You need to consider this when you start running. It’s not about race day.  It’s about your growth as a runner.  That growth is key and it comes first with a mindset of growth.  You see, it wasn’t until I started training for my first half marathon that I began to harness the mental toughness to do another half marathon and even fathom I could finish a marathon.

In my experience, the mental toughness that produces a growth mindset is inevitably drawn from the 3 key areas I discuss below. These are important to remember as you embark on any worthwhile endeavor.  You should keep them in mind as you begin your training.

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Run Your First Marathon: 4 Tips to Get Started

“It’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

I know you’ve heard this cliché, often attributed to life or some repetitive task.  It’s one of those things that is said so often that it loses the meaning behind its original intent.

run your first marathonRun your first marathon, however, and you certainly learn that whoever said it originally was probably a runner.  A marathon is bleeping hard.  There is no way around it.  The race itself is hard and the training is demanding.

For me, I trained while my wife was pregnant with our first child back in 2015.  I ran the 2015 Philadelphia Marathon in November of that year.  She was and wasn’t my biggest fan.  Anna always supported my running efforts, but being tired after an 18 or 20 mile training run while she nurses a newborn all night wasn’t exactly earning me brownie points.  So, yeah, don’t do that.

On top of that, training runs can get tedious, but they are so crucial.  As you probably recall from running half marathons and 10Ks, the building of endurance is absolutely vital.  Without the proper training runs, you will not make it.  I also found that the half marathons I ran as I was training for the full were much quicker.  I ran my first sub-2 hour half marathon at the 2015 Trenton Half.  What an incredible feeling!

Furthermore, keeping your body healthy during the process is key.  Cross-training is vital for recovery and strength.  That is something I regret not doing more of.  However, I did go to physical therapy each week for my shin splints.  That team kept me out there.  I had a doctor work on my legs, did exercises and afterwards, and did those same movements a few times during the week.  Stretching is so key, let me tell you.

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