When I first started on my fitness journey the first thing I did was start running regularly. I found that I was constantly in pain afterwards, at first I thought it was just because I was terribly out of shape. It took a month or so for me to realize that my shin splints and knee pain weren’t normal. First I tried Dr Scholls Active Series insoles and they seemed to help for a week or so before I was back to square one.I tried running in my Addidas, and I’ve ran in my Nikes and neither provided any relief. I kept having to take time off from running because of the excruciating pain that would radiate through my legs every time I put sole to pavement. I knew that if I wanted to accomplish my goal of running a 5k in the near future that I absolutely had to try to find a solution for this.
Does any of this sound familiar to you? If it does, take the time to go to a local footwear company of yours ASAP. I promise you won’t regret it. I went to the Asics store and had a stride analysis done. All this really entails is a store associate watching you walk barefoot to evaluate your foot fall. A lot of employees at running speciality stores are trained to do this. After having my analysis done I was told that I over pronate pretty severely. Pronation is a natural motion of the foot but depending on your foot arch you could over pronate or under pronate which can cause shin splints and joint pains.
Over pronation affects about 85% of people so don’t feel ashamed if you’re one of them. A proper pair of shoes can seriously change your running game. I highly recommend Asics. I’ve been a Nike girl for years and I’ll never go back after putting my Asics to the test, different things work for everyone though so figure out what’s best for you. If a new pair of shoes is not in your budget right now, at least try to get a stride analysis done and try some well structured insoles and compression socks. Please try to get running shoes that are properly suited for you as soon as possible though. A proper running shoe can greatly reduce your risk of injury and can even help improve your stride. No, good running shoes aren’t cheap. I was lucky enough to find my Asics on a clearance rack for $50 but usually you’ll be likely to spend $100+ for a pair of well structured running shoes. Cheap is not always good!
I hope this helps some of my fellow beginning runners out there, if you have anymore helpful tips or tricks drop them in the comments, sharing is caring!
Hey everyone! I just wanted to drop in and say Happy Holidays to everyone and give you a few pointers to help stick to your goals today.
- Get your fill of protein so you’ll be less tempted to fill up on sweets and other snacks.
- Stay hydrated! It can be easy to get caught up drinking all the wine and egg nog, but getting in your water for the day is always super important.
- Don’t let your few cheat meals over the holiday weekend turn into a week of eating horrible.
- Try to snack on healthy things between meals. Go for the carrots instead of the fudge.
Most importantly though, enjoy your time with your friends and family!
I don’t much believe in New Years resolutions to be 100% honest, but if a new year is what it takes for you to make a positive change in your life then that is totally cool with me. The real thing here though is, what’s it going to take for you to stick to that resolution? All of us gym goers have seen it, you go into the gym in the first weeks of January and you have to practically earn your right to the cardio equipment, am I right? As the weeks trickle by though, soon you start find that you’re once again sometimes the lone wolf trekking along on the treadmill. Are you going to be that lone wolf this year, or are you going to be back on your couch eating bon bons? I want you to take a minute and ask yourself “What’s it going to take for me to stick to my resolutions?” this doesn’t just have to apply to a diet or fitness regiment. What is it going to take for you to stick to the thing that the new year got you striving for?
I have some ongoing goals for myself that I’m already working on but that I’m hoping to actually accomplish this year. I’m going to just go ahead and lay them out for you.
- Run my first 5k.
- Reach 100 blog followers.
- Decrease my body fat percentage by 5% (I currently sit at about 23%).
- Become an ambassador for a clothing or supplement company.
- Reevaluate my career.
What are your guys goals or resolutions this New Year’s? How do you plan on sticking to those goals? I’ll keep you posted on my progress and I want to hear about yours as well!
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I’m 25 years old, and I’ve spent a majority of that 25 years playing video games on the couch, eating Taco Bell whenever I felt like it, and I’m pretty sure the word cardio wasn’t even in my vocabulary. So anyone who’s known me for a while is proboably asking “why is she doing this all of the sudden?”
The reason? I’m sick and tired of giving a shit what people think. My self confidence is so low that I’m in a constant fear of being judged. I’m tired of looking in the mirror and being unhappy with what I see. I want to do fun runs and be able to go hiking with my husband and dog without feeling like I’m going to die. I want to be able to help my husband move the furniture whenever we actually get our own home, and not just sit and whine that it’s all too heavy.
Don’t get me wrong, a huge lifestyle change has not been easy. I struggle with not eating every pastry that gets put in front of my face at work. I don’t know what I’m doing at the gym 95% of the time and a lot of days I want to give up. It’s all a learning process, and it’s pretty nerve wracking to start out. Will it be worth it? I’d like to think so.
If a change like this is something you’ve been thinking about, I urge you to take the leap. Stop just thinking about it and get up and do something. If you sign up for a gym, most of them offer a free personal training consultation, if you don’t know what you’re doing, TAKE THE CONSULTATION. Find a friend who will work out with you, who may or may not be just as lost as you are, it’ll help to have them there either way. Do whatever it takes to get where you want to be. I know it can be difficult, but go to the gym and pretend like no one else is there, and if you really just can’t get past that get some DVDs and workout in your living room, I can even suggest some good ones for you if you need me to! Whatever it is that’s putting you off from going after what you want, push it aside and just TRY.
I just wanted to take a second to quickly say Happy Thanksgiving to all my followers.
Today, I’m thankful that I finally found the strength and willpower within myself to work towards being a better and healthier me.
I’m also thankful for my supportive friends, family, husband and followers.
Also that I get to eat A LOT of food today 😉
What are you all thankful for?