Friday, September 18, 2015

Fitness Friday

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If you don't know me personally, you might find it interesting to know that I actually graduated college with a degree in Dietetics. Yep! Dietetics major turned style blogger/marketing manager at a local magazine.
Who knew!

Before I delve in, let me just preface this post by saying that I am not a fitness or exercise expert. However, I do know the importance of physical fitness so I thought I would share my workout routine!

I am an extremely un-coordinated person. It's a point of embarrassment for me actually! Ha. Needless to say, I was never that involved in sports requiring coordination. Cross country is the only thing I ever really stuck with. It's ended up being such a beneficial thing for me going into my 20's. On bad days, running is my therapy. On good days, running is where my creative mind runs wild.

I run roughly 2.5 to 3 miles per day (working up my mileage as I get my stride back). It's not realistic to go out day one and run 3 miles. Start small and work your way up! If I could offer one bit of encouragement to those trying to get into a running routine, it would have to be:

"No matter how slow you go, you're lapping everyone on the couch."

If you're just starting out as a runner, I urge you to not get discouraged! I would say (roughly) the first two weeks are the hardest. After the first week you're excited to lose weight, get fit, or just maintain a healthy lifestyle. Maybe all of the above! By week two opening a beer, ordering a pizza and watching Netflix is such a temptation after a long day at work. Working past this is absolutely vital for getting into a routine (or getting back into a routine). I was in that boat this summer after recovering from injury after injury! Phew.

After I get back from my runs, I stretch out then do a round of push ups and crunches.
(Some may prefer to put on a quick 10 minute video to get this same type of post-workout in!)

Start out small with whatever number you're comfortable doing. Then add on about 5 rounds after a week or so until you're satisfied with the workout you're getting.

Before you know it, you'll feel your happiness in everyday life flow naturally. Even on the bad days!
Endorphins are a real thing, you guys!

Enjoy the gorgeous weather this weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by :) 

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