The point of these two definitions is to point out two connections: fitness and health are inextricably linked, and health encompasses both physical AND mental qualities. If you’re trying to be fit, do it in a healthy way.That means both your physical actions and the way you treat yourself. A healthy lifestyle isn’t only about eating well or regular activity, it’s also about being kind to yourself and feeling good about yourself.
Far too often I see the idea that skinny=healthy=happy (which can be but is certainly not always true). Instead how about the idea that healthy=consideration for both physical and mental state=happy?
For my senior week I’m going to Intervarsity’s Chapter Camp. It’s an incredible week of scripture study, lots of kayaking (I love kayaking!), running around the lake, walking, hiking, frisbee golf (frolf?), climbing, obstacle courses and more with David and a bunch of my friends. I have very limited internet access while I’m away so I won’t be able to respond to messages. BUT! I made and queued up 6 new, fantastic posts for throughout this week including a compilation of my favorite healthy cupcake recipes, a new BBQ Monday recipe, a new 3 level workout (Tone in 10!), and Greek Yogurt Banana Bread!
I might be able to get on my facebook page from my phone though so if you’d like to say hi stop by there! :)
This plan focused especially on your legs but you absolutely should try to engage as many muscle groups as possible! Many of these moves also work your abs and especially with the lunges and squats you can combine them with weights for an upper body workout too! This is designed to work with your current cardio schedule so do whatever cardio you like best.
Remember, the most important thing is to listen to your body so if you need more rest days take them! Especially in the beginning if you need more recovery days between workouts (particularly if your cardio is leg intensive like running) do what’s best for your own body.
For more equipment free, do anywhere workout plans go here! :)
I recently was faced the common runners problem of bursitis only because of my knee surgeries it was a severe case and I had to stop running to allow it to heal. After some time off and a lot of stretching/yoga I had to start over completely- before the injury I had spent all of this year working up to running an hour and after the injury I started over at 1 mile and had to postpone on my plans to run a half marathon later this summer.
I wanted to write a post about this because I am still running. I took time off, took care of my injury and my body, but I didn’t give up. We all face obstacles whether they’re injuries, finals, special events, travel or just stress and know that it’s OKAY to be upset, disappointed or frustrated at your situation. What truly matters is having the confidence in yourself and perseverance to keep moving towards your goals. If starting over or taking a few steps back is what will get you to your goal in the long run then do it and be proud that despite what you’ve faced you’re continuing! Perhaps the most important thing I have learned in creating a healthy lifestyle is that just in working towards your goals, just in putting the effort in every day, you are already a success and therefore you can be successful. Don’t let setbacks, obstacles or delays keep you from the success you ultimately deserve.
This week’s BBQ Monday recipe! I’m sorry it’s up late, I had a final yesterday but the year is ending and I’m so excited for a summer of cooking, outdoor fitness and awesome new posts!
This is one of my favorite recipes. It’s perfect for a picnic or BBQ with friends as a healthy alternative to pasta or potato salad! All the herbs from the roasted veggies give it lots of flavor along with the fresh lime juice! For a whole grain alternative try replacing the couscous with quinoa or farro! :)
Up next week: Tropical Shrimp Salad with Avocado & Mango!
A healthy lifestyle, to me, means giving your body everything it deserves. It means living in a way that is good for your physical health- nutrition & fitness- and emotional health. These 6 tips help on all counts! They burn calories in healthy ways that are sustainable and on top of that are great ways to give yourself some “you” time to collect yourself, focus and unwind. The idea is to pick however many of these you want daily to make small lifestyle changes that, in the long run, make a big difference! (Remember, 1 pound= 3500 calories burned so doing just one of these each day burns nearly an extra pound per month!)
For more nutrition & fitness tips and ideas go here! :)
Staying healthy during finals is a challenge in itself. With the long hours, stressful studying, and limited food options, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be put on the back burner. Honestly though, maintaining healthy habits can be one of the biggest assets to getting through finals successfully because treating your body right gives you energy, keeps you focused and lets you do your best work! I hope this guide helps with staying healthy during finals and above all else don’t skip out on SLEEP!
Here’s some of my favorite study snacks to give you some ideas:
Almonds, pea chips, yogurt parfaits, Greek yogurt smoothies, soy lattes, oranges, turkey & hummus sandwiches, popcorn & Parmesan, apples, cottage cheese and avocado & sprout sandwiches!
For more ways to stay healthy in college go here! :)