Posts Tagged ‘health’

How to Start Running

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To some, running is not in their vocabulary. For others, it’s just a means to an end – losing those twenty extra pounds or fitting into that bridesmaid dress. And for many it is a way to escape the real world and get into a zone where nothing else matters. No matter what your reason is for not enjoying running, I am here to tell you there are ways to change your views of the strenuous exercise.

If you had asked me two years ago what my favorite workout activity was, it would’ve been the stairmaster hands down. I loved how sweaty I got without having to jog mindlessly on a treadmill watching a muted tv when I could have a book or magazine in front of me on the stairmaster.

Flash forward to July 2011, when I’m running six miles outside by myself. For some avid cross country runners this may seem like nothing, but for me it was one of the biggest accomplishments. Now how did I, an elliptical junkie who could barely run 20 minutes a few days a week, achieve this? Three easy steps:

1. Grab a Running Buddy!
Meeting Jackie was the best thing that could have happened to my exercise routine. She showed me that running went by a lot faster when you had someone to talk to throughout. Not only do we push each other to go further, but having our running date set each week motivates me to run on that date as well as other days in the week, not wanting to slow her down because I slacked off.

2. Download Upbeat Music
Everyone has different taste of music, but I can tell you what works for me. Before, I was listening to various upbeat music: Black Eyed Peas, Britney Spears, Kanye, All American Rejects – pretty much anything that made it into the Top 40 in the past 8 years. But when friends introduced me to house music, I realized what my workouts were missing. Avicii, Tiesto, Afrojack, Laidback Luke – they all have the most amazing beats behind their sets that make you want to keep moving. The easiest way to check out this style is to download Tiesto’s Club Life podcast on iTunes for free!

3. Reduce Alcohol Consumption
Alcohol can harm your workout plan in many ways. Not only does it quickly add up in calorie consumption, but it increases your appetite, causing you to consume more than you would on a regular occasion. The after effects of alcohol can include depression, sluggishness, and a gnarly hangover as well, causing your workout to be less stimulating than normal, or for it to be cancelled all together.

These are steps that worked for me – they are not necessarily going to work for everyone. But if you have the desire to add running into your routine, I would give it a try! Worst that happens is you get a couple runs in 🙂

Xoxo
Mitzy

How to Start Running

To some, running is not in their vocabulary. For others, it’s just a means to an end – losing those twenty extra pounds or fitting into that bridesmaid dress. And for many it is a way to escape the real world and get into a zone where nothing else matters. No matter what your reason is for not enjoying running, I am here to tell you there are ways to change your views of the strenuous exercise.

If you had asked me two years ago what my favorite workout activity was, it would’ve been the stairmaster hands down. I loved how sweaty I got without having to jog mindlessly on a treadmill watching a muted tv when I could have a book or magazine in front of me on the stairmaster.

Flash forward to July 2011, when I’m running six miles outside by myself. For some avid cross country runners this may seem like nothing, but for me it was one of the biggest accomplishments. Now how did I, an elliptical junkie who could barely run 20 minutes a few days a week, achieve this? Three easy steps:

1. Grab a Running Buddy!
Meeting Jackie was the best thing that could have happened to my exercise routine. She showed me that running went by a lot faster when you had someone to talk to throughout. Not only do we push each other to go further, but having our running date set each week motivates me to run on that date as well as other days in the week, not wanting to slow her down because I slacked off.

2. Download Upbeat Music
Everyone has different taste of music, but I can tell you what works for me. Before, I was listening to various upbeat music: Black Eyed Peas, Britney Spears, Kanye, All American Rejects – pretty much anything that made it into the Top 40 in the past 8 years. But when friends introduced me to house music, I realized what my workouts were missing. Avicii, Tiesto, Afrojack, Laidback Luke – they all have the most amazing beats behind their sets that make you want to keep moving. The easiest way to check out this style is to download Tiesto’s Club Life podcast on iTunes for free!

3. Reduce Alcohol Consumption
Alcohol can harm your workout plan in many ways. Not only does it quickly add up in calorie consumption, but it increases your appetite, causing you to consume more than you would on a regular occasion. The after effects of alcohol can include depression, sluggishness, and a gnarly hangover as well, causing your workout to be less stimulating than normal, or for it to be cancelled all together.

These are steps that worked for me – they are not necessarily going to work for everyone. But if you have the desire to add running into your routine, I would give it a try! Worst that happens is you get a couple runs in 🙂

Xoxo
Mitzy

Modern Day Nutritionista

Working at a restaurant, I see my fair share of good and bad meal choices. Ranging from a garden burger on a whole-wheat bun with a side of fruit to a big juicy steak with a side of scalloped potatoes, there are definitely a wide variety of preferences among customers.

Now I am not one to judge, but as a nutrition major, I have been taught to automatically calculate just how nutritious the food I see really is. However, I am definitely the wrong person to ask when it comes to making healthy choices, as I am fortunate enough to have inherited my father’s good metabolism and poor eating habits.

When I make the mistake of telling my customers that I am a nutrition major, the responses are automatic as well as predictable: “Oh no! Don’t judge me on what I’m eating!” “So what can I do to lose all this extra weight? “Does wine really help your heart? How?”

While I am grateful that these people are interested in health and nutrition, therefore fueling my future career, it does get tiring trying to give people healthy menu advice – especially at a restaurant that does not have very healthy options.

There are so many clichés and inside jokes among the nutrition girls (yes, girls – unfortunately it’s about a 9:1 girl: boy ratio in my classes, so its easy to generalize) when it comes to talking to non-nutrition majors about food. (Warning: this is the part where you get some hints on how to not make a nutritionist laugh at you).

My favorite cliché is the assumption that wheat bread is always the better choice over white bread – which is an easy one to make.

Unfortunately, regular wheat bread (the kind that is served at most restaurants) is not that much better for you than the former. When choosing wheat bread the key is to choose 100% whole wheat – other than that you may as well go with white.

The obesity epidemic in the United States has caused people to re-evaluate their eating habits, but not everyone is doing so effectively. There are so many suggestions to how the country can decrease the prevalence but so far things have only gotten worse. Some people think it is trans fats, some think it’s high fructose corn syrup, others think it’s carbohydrates.
In my opinion, people just need to stop eating so much food in general! Think back to the 1950’s when everyone was in such good shape. Same amount of food, but there was less television, only one theatre in the entire city, and people actually went outside!

I do realize this looks a little hypocritical as I am writing a blog (very modern-day of me) about being lazy. Even the word blog sounds lazy… But I do my part in attempting to prevent myself from becoming a statistic! I walk to and from school and work, walk to the grocery store with my reusable bag, and even get my friends to walk downtown to burn some extra calories.

Americans need to get off the computer, stop watching so much TiVo, and get outside! Adopt a puppy, take it out running; play Frisbee with your kids; walk to the grocery store down the street when all you need is milk. There are so many small alterations that can be made and all we are doing is sitting and complaining about how the high fructose corn syrup in soda is making us fat.

xoxo,
Mitz

Two Good Websites:
hungry-girl.com
mypyramid.gov

A Book to Check Out:
Eat This, Not That by David Zinczenko