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Fabulous February: You time

One healthy habit you could adopt is to simply make time to do something for you every day.

Maybe that something is reclaiming a little more “you time” for a short run – maybe two miles of fartleks or a mile walk with your own thoughts. Inviting friends along can also count as “you time” if that’s something that energizes you. Getting outside for a run with friends is perfection to me, especially if I can grab a hot cup of coffee and some adult conversation afterwards.

After having kids, I found time to brush my teeth was too much some days so getting a massage or pedicure was out of the question. But doing something for yourself doesn’t have to be a big thing. Sometimes it’s just getting a 15 minute soak in the bathtub, tinkering in the garage, or painting your own toenails with a pretty new polish. Some retail therapy on Amazon that doesn’t include something for someone else or reading one chapter in a book can make all the difference in me being a grumpy pants and a pleasant person. It sure makes putting out the fires between two boys under the age of five easier to cope with.

Wherever you find your happy place, make sure the prime focus is benefiting you and make sure you take the time to fully embrace it. Be grateful for your life, your freedom, and the simple pleasures.

Me-time times three: Run Oregon bloggers Abby Meek, Kelly Barten, and Nikki Mueller on an 8-miler last fall.

Me-time times three: Run Oregon bloggers Abby Meek, Kelly Barten, and Nikki Mueller on an 8-miler last fall.

About Author

I'm the owner of Healthy Girl Fitness and I'm a personal trainer, certified AFAA group exercise instructor, and an RRCA certified running coach in SW Portland. I am also the mother of two young boys and am on the board at my youngest son's school. I led a relatively inactive life throughout my 20's until I discovered the world of fitness and running. I ran my first marathon in 2006 and haven't looked back since.

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