Hi! My name is Katie. You can read more about me here, but first, read below to find out what Hungry Runner is all about and how it can help you!
What Hungry Runner Is All About
When I first started Hungry Runner 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 personally 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 — and one of my main focuses here will be to teach beginner runner’s how to get started and all of the things I wish I’d known when I first started running, because if I remember correctly, and I know I do, it was QUITE tough!
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 said, I do want to take one quick second to point out the importance of strength training as part of a truly healthy and balanced workout routine. Women especially need to include weight bearing exercises within their fitness routine in order to maintain bone density and prevent osteoporosis. For the best results, weight bearing exercises should be incorporated into your fitness routine two to three times per week. This includes activities such as running, weight lifting, resistance training and bodyweight exercises.
Also, if you’re new to running, but think you’d like to give it a try, check out my ultimate guide to running for beginners!
Healthy Eating Habits
Based on my own experience, I recommend focusing 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 percent 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 nutrient-dense, whole foods for the majority of the time, it will positively affect 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 and nutrition 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 different foods. 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. Learning basic nutrition, how to read food labels and checking ingredient lists for the packaged foods that I buy are all things that have helped me greatly on my own journey to forming smart, healthy eating habits.
See Also: Hungry Runner’s Healthy Eating Guidelines.
When I started Hungry Runner, weight loss was a goal of mine. Weight loss is a totally respectable goal, but after nearly five years of experimenting with diets, experimenting with different workouts, struggling with my body image, and also writing and learning about health and fitness (both as a reporter and a personal trainer), my number one piece of advice would be to shift your focus elsewhere.
Your weight is this futile thing and life is too short to count calories or pass up your favorite dessert. If you want to get healthy and fit and feel strong, that’s GREAT! But I would highly recommend that you leave the number on the scale out of it.
Instead of thinking about “losing weight” focus more on 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 😉