Spring into Action
Despite the load of snow that landed in Minneapolis a few days ago, spring is really here. (The more we say it, the closer it is to coming true, right?)
It seems like the second the temp reaches 40 degrees F, people come out of their cocoons and spring to life. The running paths around the city are buzzing with life as people get some fresh air. Use the sunshine and added energy to boost yourself into action. Summer is only a couple of months away, so you’ll be glad to have healthy habits in place by then.
I’ve never been much of a runner, but slowly over the past year, it’s a hobby I’ve worked at and developed. It’s convenient - you don’t need equipment, you can do it while traveling, you only need a pair of good shoes, and it can be social if you run with a buddy. I’ve discovered that there are little things I can put into place which keep me moving and motivated.
The simplest, yet most integral part of a good run is good music. I always need a good playlist curated with the right hits for my mood. Whether it’s upbeat indie, sing-along ballads, or club jams, I rely on a good tune for distraction. Music helps me keep my pace, track time and set goals (e.g. run a mile in two songs, etc.)
I use the app Map My Run for tracking. It uses GPS to calculate time, route, pace, mile splits and more. At the end of each exercise, it lets you add in notes to keep track of personal records.
I rely on my phone for music and the tracking, so I keep it safe from the elements in my Lifeproof case. I never have to worry if I get caught in a torrential downpour (because clearly that just happens to me all the time).
Definitely not necessary, but pretty cool, is my Nike Fuelband. I use it for time, goal-setting (it tracks your exercise in points), counts your steps and pace, and gives you a snapshot of your calories burned. Outside of a good run, during the day it acts as a constant reminder to get up and move around. Every step counts.
If you’re like me, I like to chat while exercising. Luckily I have a good friend who feels the same, so she and I make good running buddies. We use this time to catch up with one another and get in our workout in one fell swoop. It makes the time fly, and we both have a similar pace, so it’s a good fit. Try to find someone who matches your style and schedule, and who will keep you motivated too.
At the gym and in yoga class, I use my Bobble bottle. It’s cool because it has a built-in filter that purifies your water. No need for single-serve water bottles ever again.
Another added plus from being more active is that it actually makes you eat healthier. I’m less likely to snack on junk food after a run, because I’ve just put a lot of effort into exercising, and why would I want to regress? I recently discovered a local company called WholeMe which makes healthy, all-natural products. I’ve tried their granola (delicious for breakfast), and DateMe and WakeMe bars. Everything tasted fresh and flavorful. It’s not necessarily low-calorie, but it’s filling, and every ingredient is good for you with a ton of nutrients. Good if you’re paleo, gluten-free or even diabetic. Give it a try.
Use this spring to motivate you to be healthier. Nothing beats being healthy and fit, so implement some tools in your daily routine to create a happy lifestyle.