Fit and Healthy- These are the two goals I am striving to maintain this year. Fit and healthy will lead to stronger and sustainable running. Ultimately, running is something that I want to continue doing well into my 50s and beyond! Prioritizing what works for my health will help me reach my goals as a runner.
5 Fit and Healthy Tips
- Yoga is a great way to improve balance, flexibility and strength! Run. Run, Run,-Why can’t I just run and run?! Over the years, I have come to realize, through minor injuries and set backs, that I must incorporate various fitness activities into my running routine. Yoga is something that I can do at home or at a studio.
- I recently had a chance to take a Yin Yoga Class at the Freeport Yoga Company I learned that this type of yoga promotes stimulation of the connective tissues or fascia in our bodies. As we age, it is important to maintain flexibility of the connective tissue by practicing deep stretches and staying hydrating!
2. Eat More Fish! This is a great protein to support health and recovery of muscles! Fish is a great source of Omega3s, vital to the health of runners! I recently read this article on the many benefits of eating more fish, which include improved joint health and anti-inflammatory properties!
- I have incorporated more fish into my weekly, monthly diet by taking advantage of this great seafood delivery service for more than two years now! Salmon, cod, and haddock are three of my faves! This company delivers conveniently, individually frozen fish to your door! In less than 30 minute I am able to prepare a meal with Omega3 rich fish! Try out SizzleFish today!!
3. Food Prep- Okay, this may seem simple and basic and it really is, but taking the time to prepare food from scratch can have huge benefits on your health! Cut out the prepackaged, processed junk and focus on just eating real food!
Tips for Food Prep! Freezer bags are your friend!!
- soak, cook and freeze various types of beans!
- Prepare, bake and freeze healthy muffins!
- Rice and quinoa also freeze well!
- Stock up on recipes for Overnight Oats for breakfast and Hearty Soups for lunch and supper!
- Capitalize on seasonal produce and roast fall veggies to toss in the fridge!
- One of my older posts on Meal Prep/Planning Found Here
4. Invest In Your Health-Get your Blood Work Analyzed! Twice this year, I gotten a thorough blood work analysis through Inside Tracker a company that helps athletes dig deeper into their health through analyzing a number of key biomarkers in their blood! The tests offer a more in-depth look at what our bodies need, as oppose to the basic, sometimes vague blood work done at a general practitioner’s office. I wrote about my previous blood work analysis here
- Optimizing nutritional needs based on results
- Adjusting workouts and training to better meet the needs of our bodies
- Takes the guess work out of what foods to eat and which supplements are necessary for our body’s best performance!
- The Inside Tracker Dashboard can guide you in setting goals for your health and training!
5. Mental Health– Just as important as physical health! This coming year, I am taking a “step back” each day/night from all the stresses of the day. It is important to incorporate ways to relax and de-stress! Remember to find time for quiet peace, clarity and reflection.
- Turn off the tv, cell phones and social media for some time each day
- Keep a written journal and write to unwind and reflect
- Celebrate the little things each day that bring you joy! Remember to just breathe and exhale!
Cheers to a Fit and Healthy New Year!! Find Ways to be your best self! -MaineGirl2RUNS
What are your fit and healthy tips? Would love to hear your tips!