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 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.
How much protein should you eat? As you probably already know, protein and how much of it you should be eating is hot topic in health and fitness world right now. (I mean it always has been and always will be, but right now, it really seems to be a very buzzworthy point of interest.) Everyone loves to tout the weight loss benefits of protein and everyone loves to tell us that we need to be eating more of it—to stay full and satiated so that we won't overeat and to build muscle so that our metabolism will stay boosted!
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!).
(Image: Instagram/heatherwaxman) Given the fact that I spend the majority of my time writing about health and fitness and running and exercise, you might think that after a few years, I'd be pretty sick of it all. But I'm not. That's why I chose this as a career. After I worked for a few years as a personal trainer, in the heart of it all, I knew that I wanted to take the new passion I had found and combine it with an old love—writing. So, that's what I did, and here I am. I'm not sick of it all. In fact, I'm only just getting started. But I have come to find that there are certain things that do tend to get on my nerves.