This past fall while at a triathlon my husband and I got to help out with a short/beginner race, the open; as its referred to. It was chalk full of moms, dads, kids and spouses of serious athletes out to prove that they could do a Swim-Bike-Run too.
It was hands down one of the most wonderful and inspirational experiences I have yet to be a part of and I am so excited that race season is starting up all over again!
Now that spring is finally here and so is the new race season I feel like I have a lot to look forward to. Seeing that I'm currently about 6 months pregnant I will not be participating in any spring races but that doesn't mean I have to miss out on them!!!
Are you getting motivated to get out there and do something? Perhaps challenge yourself to a full race or get yourself started with an "Open"!?!?
Ok, so I'm a little late for the actual New Years celebrations but that doesn't mean I can't help you to make a fresh start!
I have a whole bunch of tools in my treasure chest and many of them are here just for that reason.
For starters, I've got some nifty calendars made up to help you set your goals. If you're a Facebook follower (please do!) you may have already seen them and hopefully even taken advantage of printing it out and filling it in! You better hurry up and get over there (to FB I mean) because the next calendar is going to roll out soon!!! February is around the corner... Yikes!
An even BIGGER tool I have can be found here: Stop Challenge Choose . As a personal health coach with Take Shape For Life (another fantastic and life changing program, ask me about it!) I have access to this totally kick butt 12 Week Challenge. The best part? Anyone can do it and it is FREE. Who doesn't want to kick start their health, receive daily motivational and inspirational emails and get their body moving in the right direction free of cost? (If you really think about it I'd say no one.) The whole Challenge is there to help you and you can go at YOUR pace. It's perfect really. I'm doing it and not only am I applying it to my health but I am also applying it to my business. After all, a less stressful more successful business will help me maintain a healthier body right? Yes, just agree because stress wrecks the body. (Jump in on one of my stress management classes and I'll tell you all about it.)
If you decide to sign up for the 12-Week Challenge, CONGRATULATIONS!!!! And be sure to click on the box that says "I Know/Have A Health Coach" be cause you do, Cortney Whitebay and I'll be there for you if you have any questions or concerns.
So, since I moved back to the beautiful Hudson Valley with my husband, daughter and two dogs I have been trying to get back into my hometown community. I started out by going for "nap runs" around the neighborhood, going to the park and rail trail with my family and I signed up to compete in a handful of races this spring... Which also helped me to hold myself to my own fitness goals.
The one thing I never could seem to get around to was volunteering. Well, this weekend I did it! I finally made it out to an event (with my husband) to volunteer. It was a fantastic experience. We went to the HIITs Triathlon up at Hunter. It was a beautiful scenic drive and race course. We even got a little hike in our selves!
We were happily stationed at the finish line where we clapped and cheered until our voices were nearly gone and our hands/wrists wanted nothing more than epsom salt. I also had the distinguished job of giving out participation metals and stripping timing chips. That may sound easy but you try to get a finisher to hold still long enough to do both without jogging past you, collapsing or threatening to hurl... Then we'll talk ;-)
Overall it was a fantastic experience and I can't wait to get out there again!
So I read an interesting article this week. It was more like a poll of health and fitness professionals. The question posed to these professionals was, "Fresh Food Prep Vs. Exercise: Is One More Important?" You might be interested to hear that some trainers would rather see their clients spending more time preparing their food. Why? you may ask: 1.) If you're cooking you're standing and moving around, not sitting while the microwave does the work. 2.) If you're preparing your food fresh you're probably making better food choices for you and your family. Better food choices = better functioning bodies = happy healthy people. 3.) Cooking can be a pretty good workout itself. I made some delicious Thai Mung Bean Pancakes this week and it calls for grated vegetables. I used a hand grater and got one heck of an arm workout! And have you ever hand whipped your whipped cream or homemade egg nog? Christmas is coming... I dare you to try it ;-)
The start to Thai pancakes! Grated kohlrabi, carrot, and chopped scallions. Let me know if you'd like the recipe!
When we are thirsty we tend to grab a tasty beverage and generally think we are doing well by our bodies. But what you may not realize is that what you drink can have profoundly different affects, some of which may be the complete opposite of what you are trying to achieve.
Hydration is what our bodies want when the sense or feeling of thirst is triggered. But how we respond to that feeling can be quite counterproductive. For example you reach for a can of cola or cup of coffee; which contain caffeine. Caffeine is a diuretic and will actually take fluid from your body, and cause you to make a large deposit it into a nonrefundable receptacle of your urgent choosing. Not quite what you wanted it for...
Sweet and/or sugary beverages can also prove to be problematic. Along with the fact that many of them are caffeinated, sugar beverages can also spike your blood sugar levels and sweet beverages (real sugar or not) may cause you to drink more than you intended due to their sweetness; thus injecting your with real or fake sugars/sweeteners and a host of other artificial products.
Drinking sugary juices or sodas also introduce extremely large quantities of liquid calories, (which will turn into fat if your activity level isn't high enough to use them up). Not to mention that pesky blood sugar spike of craziness coupled with the disaster crash of all sugar induced motivation. It's kind of like sending your body on a roller coaster ride and I hazard a guess that if you partake in enough roller coaster rides you will feel ill.
So, be conscientious of what you drink to cure your thirst. Try to stick to water- with juices and other drinks in strict moderation. As always I encourage you to read the labels and see what is in your food/beverages and be ever mindful of the calorie and sugar content in your favorite drinks.
Lets face it, it can get pretty hot out there in the summer, even if you aren't in the arid desert and dehydration is no joke when you are out and about for your exercise session. Whether you are an avid exerciser or not it is important to drink plenty of fluid throughout the day (preferably water) to keep your inner cooling system flowing well.
Maintaining a state of proper hydration is an ongoing effort, just like eating regular meals, and making sure there is plenty of coolant in your car's air conditioning system. If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated and if that's in the heat of the day in the middle of nowhere close to a watering hole, you could find yourself in trouble. So, have a glass of water when you get up, before you leave for work and keep a bottle with you when you're at work or running errands.
Last time I spoke a little to doing what makes you happy when you set out to exercise. But there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. While I never want to diminish anyone's enthusiasm, I do want to caution those who might have a tendency to "over-do-it" in the beginning.
When starting most new things it is a necessary tightrope walk between maintaining enthusiasm and maintaining control. Have you ever heard a friend say, "I've tried and I just can't run!" or " Well, I can run for about a minute but that's it and I'm completely beat." It's a perfect example of stellar enthusiasm and a not so productive loss in control. For many individuals this happens because they have not been taught how to control their pace and they are literally going at it as fast and hard as they can. I give these friends an A+ for effort and a little tip for the future--- s.l.o.w. down and enjoy your journey!
A pretty good way to find your pace when you are not used to running is by taking the first day out as a walk. Not a comfortable stroll but a brisk walk. A walk that makes you re-think just how "easy" walking is. Walk for 20-30 minutes, break a sweat, go home and have a nourishing meal and plenty of water. If you feel a bit sore the next day, take another walk (you can go a bit easier on yourself). Do what you can in terms of duration (still aiming for 20-30min) and keep up the routine all week long allowing your self a day of rest every 2 or 3 days (if you are walking hard enough that you have some soreness). If you're not sore at all keep it going 6 days a week until you're in a good routine.
By starting out slow, giving your body time to heal and rejuvenate between exercise sessions you will set yourself up for success at a long term, feel good exercise routine.
So, there are lots of great ways to get started on your new exercise regimen. Keeping a positive frame of mind is one of them! So many of us think of exercising as "work" and I'm not going to lie to you- it is. BUT it doesn't have to feel like work. The little guy in this picture doesn't think it's work at all because to him its play!
So, if you are having a hard time wrapping your mind around getting out there to "work"; don't! Get out there and PLAY! Bring a friend to the gym or rail trail. Find a new mountain trail to hike or bike. Rent a canoe for the day. Or one of my personal favorites- stick the baby in a comfy carrier hike to a pond, bring a healthy picknick lunch and let her watch the fish swim, tadpoles wiggle and the ducks fly by.
You mean so much to me and today is the perfect day to say thank you for everything you have helped me to accomplish. So, thank you for pushing me to put my running shoes on during the days I just can't be bothered. Thank you for having the perfect name to pace my stride, especially when I'm feeling alone. Thank you for always being the one I race toward when I feel like giving up. Thank you for your joyous and approving smiles when you see me run through the finish line (even if I'm last). And thank you, dear daughter, for calling me Mommy.
You give me the motivation to begin, the strength to keep going and more joy I at the finish than I ever could have imagined. I love you. ~Mom
Spring is the perfect time of year to start making positive changes in our lives. The days are getting longer, the weather is nicer and we get to see the world around us come to life as the plants pop out of the earth and leaves open on the trees. With all this new energy around us and the sweet smell of spring flowers it is also the perfect time of year to get out of the house and start exercising more often! Even if you have a home gym it can be extremely motivating to get outside and soak up some sun; which has its own happy benefits! (Just be careful not get burned!)
If you are at all like me or the many people out there who find it difficult to get things going, the best way to get into a routine is to start small and preferably with a friend or two for added motivation. One of the biggest mistakes people make is to go all out on their first attempt at exercise and get burnt out or hurt before you even get the ball rolling. Walking 20-30 minutes a day is a fantastic way to start yourself out. As you start to feel better about simply taking the time out of your day to do that you can start walking faster and/or longer each week until you build up to a full session of brisk walking or jogging depending on your goals.
I like to register for local races to keep me motivated. They hold me accountable for my training and allow me to have a social element on race day! I love love love getting together with a giant group of people (almost ALL of which are strangers to me) and sharing the gift of health and camaraderie on race day. I don't ever expect to come in as #1 but it's a wonderful feeling to keep pushing myself and others towards new goals and hearing your fellow racers and spectators cheering all around you throughout the tough patches is so worth the time and effort I put in during my solo training sessions.
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