Hi Hungry Friends! I'm back this week with something I haven't shared in a long, long time: a new strength workout. Specifically, a upper body and core strength workout! Part of the reason I haven't shared a strength workout in a long time is because I haven't done strength workouts consistently since ... well honestly, I can't even remember when! And by that I mean, I haven't been working with weights in the gym because while we were in NYC I chose to save money by not having a gym membership and focusing mainly on running workouts and bodyweight strength workouts that I was able to do at home without any equipment. Lower-body strength training (e.g., lunges, squats, etc.) was definitely a big focus for me during half-marathon training through the first half of this year, but with that, I definitely neglected my upper body strength. But now, our new apartment complex has it's own gym and you can bet your butt I've already taken advantage of it and I'm super pumped to get back to a true total body workout routine and some classic strength training workouts like the one I'm about to share here.
For a health and fitness blogger living in New York City, I’m a very slow adopter of new workouts, so it’s only fitting that it’s taken me this long to finally try Orangetheory Fitness: a group personal training workout class that promises to keep your body burning calories for up to 36 hours after the workout — or as they call it, “the afterburn.”
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 FitFluential on behalf of KIND. As usual, all thoughts and opinions are Hungry Runner original. Runners: our bodies endure an astonishing amount of fatigue and afflictions. Broken or lost toenails, chaffed skin, sore muscles and, unfortunately, sometimes even more serious injuries. Running is great (I know you don't need to be convinced of that), but even though it provides so many benefits (a healthier heart, a happier mind, stronger muscles, etc.) it's still a form of stress for our body too, which means if you run a lot taking extra care of your body (being KIND to it, if you will) is an essential ingredient for staying healthy and strong
This post is sponsored by goodness knows. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I am blessed. I'm blessed for many reasons, but one thing I'm especially grateful for and that I try my best not to take for granted is the fact that I get to live and work in New York City — also known as the greatest city in the world. In case you didn't already know, I'm originally from Long Island, New York. Ever since I learned about the city (probably from watching a movie like 13 Going on 30 or How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days) my sights were set on living in Manhattan one day. That dream became a reality in 2013 and I lived there for two years before transitioning to Brooklyn earlier this year. I still work in Manhattan, though, so I get to run, eat, play and relax in both boroughs on the regular. Despite the fact that, like most New Yorkers, I complain about this city quite often, deep down I still love everything about it and the amazing energy it gives off every single day. I've shared several different dining and workout suggestions here on Hungry Runner before, but today, with the help of goodness knows I'm creating a "Goodness Guide," a list of five of my favorite places for running, working out, eating and more in New York City.
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.
What are the best running apps? I get this question a lot, and it's not an easy one to answer because, as you probably know, there are many, many running apps to choose from. The good news is, even though I can't use all of them all of the time and I typically stick to one just for the sake of consistency (and my sanity), I have personally tried many, many of these different running apps and can at least help give you a better idea of which of the best running apps will actually be the best one for you