What Hungry Runner is All About
When I first started the Hungry Runner blog on Tumblr, it was the beginning of a journey. I’m still on that journey. In fact, I always will be because health and fitness is a continually ongoing process. But over the course of 2012- in starting this blog, becoming a certified personal trainer, and running further and faster than I ever thought possible- I’ve learned a few extremely important things about health and fitness and they’ve become an integral part of Hungry Runner.
Running and Exercise
This is a blog about running, because running is what I love to do. My goal is to inspire you to lead a more active life. But that doesn’t mean you HAVE TO run. (Although, I’d argue that anyone who gives it a fair try would fall in love )
But the best way to start being more fit is to find an activity that you love to do. An activity that will keep you coming back for more. Something that feels less like a chore and more like something that you just can’t wait to do. If you love to swim, swim! If you love to play tennis, get out on the court and play! Being active is an important part of being healthy, but it shouldn’t have to feel forced. It just needs to be something that’s a consistent part of your day to day routine.
That being said. The benefits and importance of strength training should not be dismissed. Women especially need to include weight bearing exercises within their fitness routine in order to maintain bone density and prevent osteoporosis. Weight bearing exercises should be incorporated into your fitness routine 2-3 times per week and include activities such as running, weight lifting, resistance training, and bodyweight exercises.
Healthy Eating Habits
Focus on forming a healthy relationship with food, rather than worrying about counting calories or one specific type of diet. Everybody’s goals are different and nobody’s diet is going to be perfect 100% of the time. And that’s ok. You’re allowed to eat cupcakes and pizza and Pop Tarts sometimes if you want to. But if you place your focus on eating clean, nutrient-dense, whole foods for the majority of the time, it will positively effect your entire well being more than any other factor.
Also, read and learn. There’s no better way to positively influence your eating habits than to understand how the foods you eat might affect your body. There are SO many different studies about food out there, yet most have yet to prove one solid, definitive answer for many of the questions we have. And because we all have different genetics and body types, what works for one person may not work for another. Which is why I encourage you to read everything you can about nutrition and all of the different foods that there are. Use what you learn to make informed decisions for yourself. Use trial and error to find what works for you and your lifestyle.
And while there are still a lot of unanswered questions about food and weight loss, there is still basic nutrition. Learn basic nutrition. Know how to read food labels and ALWAYS read ingredient lists for the packaged foods that you buy.
See also: Hungry Runner’s Healthy Eating Guidelines.
To achieve weight loss you must create a daily caloric deficit by exercising and reducing the amount of calories you consume. (Learn more about that here.) When I started this blog, weight loss was a goal of mine. I was able to achieve that goal through lots of learning, hard work, and dedication. And what I learned along the way is that it’s OK to want to look slender and fit, but weight loss should be more about getting healthy, feeling strong, and learning to love your body no matter what size or weight you are. The number on the scale or the size of your jeans does not define your worth or who you are. Your health is the most important thing, and that includes having a positive body image. Thin does not necessarily equal healthy and it is not the end all be all. So, focus on your health. Focus on feeling fit and strong. Focus on loving your body.
At the end of the day, it’s all about finding the balance between what’s good for your body, and what’s good for your soul