One really important thing I've learned about being healthy over the past 5 or 6 years, it's that it goes far beyond what you eat and exercising. It's about how you feel overall — physically and mentally — and diet and exercise are only a small piece of the healthy living puzzle. The other important thing that I've learned is that everyone is different: The healthy living habits that work best for me might not be the same for you. That's OK.
My sister, my dad and me on the Brooklyn Bridge last summer.
Today I'm sharing something unlike anything I've ever shared here on Hungry Runner before.
Today I'm sharing a story, or rather, inviting my dad to share his story, about what I feel is a truly incredible transformation. A journey that shows just how powerful eating well and exercising can really be. And also how healthy living doesn't have to be crazy complicated, the way it's sometimes made out to be.
One of the funny things about health and fitness — that I think we all forget too often — is that we are not alone. Yes, we all have different journeys and obstacles to overcome, but many times we all have similar struggles, too. I was reminded of this a few weeks ago when I was talking to my cousin. We share similar interests — nutrition, running, wellness, etc. — and were chatting about healthy eating habits.
This post is sponsored by goodnessknows. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. When we talk about health, inevitably the conversation focuses on exercise and eating right. There's nothing wrong with that, both things have a lot to do with our health, but these two topics so often monopolize the chatter that we forget about some of the other aspects that also play a roll, like stress management and relaxation, and our sleep habits, for example. So, since we're about to enter into what's undoubtedly one of the busiest and most hectic seasons of the year, I figured now is a great time to share my favorite relaxation and de-stressing techniques. My favorite ways to unwind, if you will
Right now, you might be thinking to yourself, WTF is wellness fatigue? Let me explain... Wellness fatigue happens as a result of constantly thinking about and tracking your health stats. Whether it be through simply keeping a daily log of what you eat or tracking a wide range of elements, like your daily steps, your sleep quality, your calorie intake, etc.
Drink more water. Try new exercises. Get enough sleep. Do more burpees. Do more planks. I've heard every single "fitness tip" in the book (and trust me, there are many more where those came from), and I'm sure you've heard your fair share of them too. While many of them are smart and effective and we should be implementing them into our lives, I was recently reminded that unless you first wrap your mind around one very important concept, "the most important fitness tip you'll ever learn," if you will, then all the rest are almost meaningless.
Do you ever feel totally scatter-brained? Like the world is moving a million miles a minute as you're desperately trying to keep up? Like you'll never find time for exercise. That's a little bit how I feel right now. I think that tends to happen a lot around this time of year. It seems my schedule grows busier and busier as the weather gets nicer and nicer. (Does this happen to you?) Anyway, I'm telling you this because even though I feel like I haven't had a moment to come up for air lately, I've still been making it a priority to find time for exercise (And now apparently blogging, too. Go me!).