Tips To Start Running

If you’ve thought about adding running/jogging into your workout routine, but didn’t want to do anything wrong, get hurt, be unprepared, keep reading this for my tips to help you get started.

1. Warmup Inside

This is especially big when it starts to get colder outside. Warming up before you start your run get your body loose and ready to move. Do a quick 5-10 minute warmup to get your heartrate up.

2. Stretch after your warmup

You don’t want to stretch cold muscles. Warmup, get loose, then stretch out.

When I’m running, I’ll even go maybe 1/4 mile, then stop and stretch. Focus on your whole body, not just your legs.

3. Don’t worry about tracking

There’s a ton of nice apps, and watches that can track your run. But at thw very start, I would recommend not to do any of that.

Just go out and move. See how you feel. Then after a couple times out, start tracking to make sure you’re progressing.

4. Dress for the end of your run

You don’t want to over dress, then start over heating and want to ditch all your clothes. That’s why warming up before is big.

5. Shoes and Clothes

Make sure your shoes are in shape to run in. Check the heels, soles, and insoles. Running in bad shoes can quickly lead to blisters. And no on wants that.

Also, if you can, don’t run in cotton clothing (especially underwear). Chafing is not fun!!!

Dri fit clothing and moisture wicking socks are a big plus when running

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Bonus: JUST START

Seriously, just go out and move. Trust me, we are all bad at running at the start. The air hits your lungs. Being out of breath. Being out of shape….

But, just go out and start. The day 1 is the worst day. Every time out, you’ll get better.

When being selfish is ok

A quick story from someone that DM’d me on Instagram.

You can listen to episode 27: being selfish is ok

It may sound messed up to some and some may not understand, but she was telling me about how she has been taking her own time back. And being more selfish with who or what she gives her time too.

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The Pants That Fit

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I got a message a couple days ago. And i ask the things I always ask, “How was the week? Good? Bad? Great?”

And, she says that she’s having a good week. Workouts going well. Food is getting better. And she goes on to tell me that she had a NON SCALE VICTORY that she didn’t plan on having so soon.

The goal, that she was hoping to accomplish in October, was to fit into these pants that she had that didn’t fit.

She said, talking to a friend about vacation coming up, and she wanted to go try on these pants…

And… THEY FIT!

Now, I think that’s awesome. But, it is a risk she took. It could have gone a couple ways.

1. They fit! The hard work she’s been doing is being seen.

2. They don’t fit…

A) Gets discouraged by the effort of the last 2 months

B) Motivates her to go harder

But, they fit! And that’s a really big win. The confidence it builds. The reassurance of the process. The knowing that the hard work is paying off.

You may not always see it. The scale may tell you something different on different days. But, how you feel. How does your clothes fit you. They are big markers on your progress.

#NonScaleVictory

The Starting Point For Losing Weight

Listen to episode 24: The Starting Point For Losing Weight

We’re in a time of instant…. everything! And, diets, nutrition, results are advertised as no different.

You’ve seen them:

  • 7 Day Cleanse
  • 21 Day Diets
  • 9 Day Eat Only With Your Right Hand Diet

*I made one of them up*

But, no one wants to talk about the basics. About where you should actually start and focus on.

I get it. It’s not sexy. Its not going to sell books. It doesn’t have a fancy name.

Hear me out. I trust and believe, weightloss, getting to a healthy weight and body fat percentage, always comes down to the basics.

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Why YOU Should Be Doing Deadlifts

It’s the ultimate “Picking things up and putting them down” exercise.

Deadlifts are such a huge test of strength. It really comes down to, can you pick that heavy thing off the ground?

Some quick nerdy info on Deadlifts:

1. It’s called deadlift because you are picking up an object that’s dead on the ground with no momentum.

2. Deadlifts (when done properly!) work to strengthen your lower and upper back, glutes, hamstrings, core, forearms, shoulders.

3. Deadlifts (when done properly!) improve your posture. By having good deadlift form, it often translates to everyday living. And having a strong back and core definitely helps with posture.

Ok. So…. How should you properly do a Standard Barbell Deadlift??

1. Stand with your feet midway under the barbell

2. Bend over and grab the bar. Arms about shoulder-width apart.

3. Bend your knees until your shins touch the bar.

4. Lift your chest up and straighten your lower back

5. Stand up with the weight. Focusing on keeping you back straight (no crouching or bending) and arms straight (no curling or shrugging)

6. Hold for a second, then reverse the steps.

7. Congratulations!

We are not going to go down the rabbit hole of all the variations of Deadlifts. Instead, let’s focus on the WHY…

If we are focused on being fit for LIFE (That is the lifelong goal!), then how does deadlifting help with that??

Deadlifting means getting stronger. Getting stronger can mean carrying the groceries into the house, no problem (1 trip even).

Or, helping a friend move. Picking up a couch or dresser is definitely a Deadlift movement.

If you have kids, picking them up is technically a deadlift.

All the way to picking a pen or pencil off the ground.

ALL motions that simulate the process of doing a deadlift.

Or, picking up your friend lol

So, go out there and start adding Deadlifts to your workout (and everyday) routines. And if you need some help putting a workout routine together, you should check out the custom training plan on the 1LIFE1YOUFITNESS Training App.

I make sure everyone is doing some variation of deadlifts. It’ll be wrong not too!

Stop The Comparison Game

If you prefer to listen to the audio version, I talk about this on Episode 23 of the 1LIFE1YOU Podcast

Family. Friends. Coworkers. Celebrities. Strangers on the Internet. We live in this time where everything is accessible. Everything can be seen, read, and talked about anywhere in the world. And that’s really really cool.

But the gift and the curse (no jayz) is that, with all that accessibility to people’s lives and opinions, we tend to fall in the “Comparison Game”.

Looking at others. Comparing your faults to their perceived perfections. Comparing the timeline of someone else to where you are in life.

I see and hear it a lot. And, it’s not just about social media (though it plays a big part in this problem).

When something good happens to someone. Or someone is progressing in life faster than you. Or has more good things going on than you….

That’s all negative energy.

That’s all time you are wasting thinking about something you have NO control over. And you have to let that way of thinking go.

If it happens while you’re scrolling through social media, then close the app. Or unfollow the people that provoke those negative thoughts. You have the power.

If it happens in person, step away from that environment. Excuse yourself. Get away.

She gets it

Negative thoughts won’t just go away, but you have to start making yourself aware when it’s happening. Close the app. Unfollow the person. Walk away.

You can take it a step further and literally write down something positive about you. Right on the spot. Either with a pen and paper or in your note section on your phone.

It’s about realizing the trigger, but changing the reaction to it.

It happens to me. I’ll scroll Instagram and see this or that person in the same field as me doing amazing things, and I’ll start the Comparison Game. So, what I did was unfollowed everyone. And I’ll slowly rebuild it back to keep a positive energy for ME on MY timeline.

Comparing yourself to other is a nasty habit to have. You must know your trigger points and change the reactions to them. As soon as possible. Break the habit by building a new, positive one.