Does anyone else get sore hands when they use resistance bands? I can’t be the only one. Yes, some of them come with handles, but some of the ones I like the most just don’t have them. This is particularly true when I’m bringing them with me. The ones without handles pack so small that I can bring the equivalent to a complete gym with me in a space smaller than what I need for my phone.
Don’t Forget Exercise!
Running and dehydration pretty much go hand-in-hand during the summer months. As someone who has taken up running relatively recently and is facing her first summer with the sport, this is very new to me, though not unexpected. That said, as I’ve been researching, I’ve also discovered that the combination, while brutal, isn’t exactly what many of us assume it is, particularly when it comes to difficulty level.
Have you heard of the TikTok treadmill struts trend? If you liked the hot girl walk, then you’re likely going to enjoy this one too. They are both focused on activity through body positivity, self-love, and positive self-image. That said, while one takes you outside (which is great), this new trend lets you get your exercise no matter the weather outside. So, if your area is under a heat warning or buried in snow, you’ll still have this option to enjoy.
It isn’t really until you wreck your joints that you realize how absolutely important they truly are. The key is to take care of them early instead of waiting until the damage is already done.
I’m healed up from my injury and am ready to make running fun again. Since that’s my goal, I thought it’d be fun to share what I do to enjoy my new favorite sport. I’ve only been running for a few months, but I’m pretty sure each of these techniques would be just as helpful to seasoned runners as they are to newbies.
I was hoping that I wouldn’t have to write a blog about how I keep up running fitness while injured, but here I am. The good news is that the injury is a very minor one. Still, it’s enough to stop me from being able to run for a few days – maybe as long as a week – and I have come too far to want to sacrifice my progress to my injury. So, I dug into research and talked with my doctor (while I was there, I haven’t made dozens of appointments or anything). I have a plan.
What to eat before a run has become my latest obsession. Everyone seems to have a different opinion! What I’ve discovered is that there are some helpful tips that can guide your own final decision, but that when it all comes down to it, trial-and-error will end up being the last step.
Last week, Holly posted a few things on Facebook and Twitter about some of the best exercise motivation tips she’s seen online. Unlike me, Holly really struggles to do her workouts. I used to, but I’m really getting into it, which I’m happy about. I think the difference isn’t that I’m someone who loves exercising and that she’s someone who hates it. I think I’ve just found the right way to do it for me. I’ve found what drives me. Suddenly, it all switched on.
I am not a morning person, but I’ve still found that a 5am run is the time that works best for me. If you’d asked me a few years ago – heck, six months ago – if I’d be out there before the sun comes up and jogging down the sidewalk on my own, I’d have looked at you like you’d lost your mind. Never at any time in my life had I ever pictured myself as someone who would wake up that early, have a quick bite and sip of water and then start running. Now, I do it a few times a week! Even more surprising, I kind of love it!
So, it turns out that I didn’t know how to do a squat properly. It’s funny, because to me, it’s always seemed like the simplest exercise in terms of form (though not necessarily the easiest one to do!). I essentially thought of it as being upright while crouching down. Done and done. Nope! There’s more to it than that. It’s still not exactly complicated or anything, but there’s definitely a right and wrong way to do it.
Are you ready for my best first run tips now that I’ve been heading out for a couple of weeks? If you spotted my last blog, you’ll know that I’m trying to start running. I kept my promise to myself and, after doing my research, I got out there and started giving it a try. That said, there were a few recommendations that I took to heart when I began, and I’m grateful I did. So, in case you’re getting started too, I though I’d share them with you.
I’m going to start running for the first time, and I’m feeling very intimidated by my decision. I’ve been thinking about it for a while now. I love seeing people who are out for their daily run. They all look so fit and healthy…and unachievable.
So, plogging for exercise is becoming a thing. I hate to say “I told you so”, but I’ve been doing it for years, and I’ve got receipts. I blogged about having just heard about it and giving it a try in May 2019. So, as any logical person would then conclude: the entire world has finally caught on to my wisdom and everyone wants to be like me. Okay, seriously, I’m just kidding of course! I’m just glad that the world is finally catching on to this great habit, mainly thanks to TikTok.
Until very recently, I had no idea that it was possible for a woman to build strength without bulk. I can admit that I have avoided working with weights – or I’ve used lighter weights or fewer reps than was likely appropriate for me – because I didn’t want to get big. After all, I love to bake and I love to eat, my goal for a long time has been getting smaller, not larger!
I am fighting the good fight this year and am planning my ways to stay active during the holidays right from the start. Holly and I have already decided to switch our weight goal from loss to maintenance until the new year. No reason to torture ourselves on a hopeless goal of shedding pounds when we only end up being wracked with guilt from failure every year. Holly blogged about that last week in her post about planning to avoid holiday weight gain.
It’s not even slightly shocking to me to hear that hormones play a role in physical activity and that estrogen and exercise are linked. As a woman, the link between various hormones and our lifestyles can often be more than obvious. They influence every part of the way our bodies function.
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