WE HAVE BESS TODAY….WAHOO!!! This girl knows what she is talking about when it comes to fitness and health! You will love her blog as she blogs about her workouts, eats, coolest dog ever, great recipes, life and fashion!!
Hey Hey Hungry Runner Girl readers!! My name is Bess and I blog at Bess Be Fit. I am SO EXCITED to be guest posting for Janae today…I check her blog multiple times a day and love it! As we all know she is just so cute and funny and inspiring! She also makes me crave Froyo 24/7. It’s cool though. (Janae speaking, “I secretly own Yogurtland and I am using subliminal messaging through the blog to make you go there more often)
Today I just want to touch on EXERCISE. I know a lot of people in the blog world are runners or yogis. Lots do Body Pump (I want to try so bad!). All of those are amazing ways to get in your exercise and stay healthy and in shape.
An important aspect of exercise, for me at least, is to keep it fun. I personally get bored easily with the same routine over and over. I go through phases where I’m totally into running or I’m totally not. I also don’t believe that every day you exercise it has to be super intense…it doesn’t. Your body doesn’t need super intense exercise every day to get into good shape. In fact, it can hinder your progress if you don’t give your body proper rest. After 4 years of getting beat up in college soccer, I know how to listen to my body and give it a rest when it needs it!
Rest is also so important because it allows your body not only to recuperate but also for the muscles you work to GROW! After a rest day you can feel ready to get back into your workouts full force instead of slacking if you are tired or burnt out. Sometimes I even take 2 or 3 rest days if my body needs it. I like to do “active rest” where I will just go on walks with my dog, Maverick. That way I am still moving but not putting my body through strenuous exercise. I have a couple of lingering/nagging injuries from soccer so I don’t want to make them any worse! This is the best way to manage them. It’s about finding what is best for YOUR body and I know I LOVE going on walks and its good to get out and move around. Maverick likes it too!
I encourage you to find new ways to exercise if you are feeling like you are in a rut or bored. Use a different exercise machine at the gym or do interval workouts on a cardio machine to keep it interesting. If you don’t have access to a gym or don’t feel like going, there are many different websites that have workouts you can watch and follow along. I personally like the Tone It Up workouts (www.toneitup.com) because the workouts are fun and the girls are super motivating. Also, for those people who have OnDemand on their TV’s, there is an exercise channel with tons of exercise videos ready that you can use. I also LOVE my Nike Training Club app on my iPhone. It is a free application and has so many challenging workouts. You can also pick up one of your favorite magazines (Shape, Oxygen, Women’s Health, etc) and do any of the workouts that they put in there or on their websites.
Go out and move! Find fun things to do that will keep your attention and will motivate you to continue to exercise and stay healthy. Because, after all, that’s what its all about…being HEALTHY and HAPPY!
I’m off for a bike ride!!!
What is your favorite place to find new exercises to do? Websites/Magazines/DVDs??