Stuff You Should Read

Best reads in health, fitness and wellness on the web this week

the best reads in health and wellnessHappy Friday, friends! How was your week? Have you finished your Christmas baking/shopping/decorating? Are all your Starbucks-holiday-drink-consuming, Christmas-movie-watching, annual-holiday-traditions activities well underway?  If they are, I hope you’re taking a moment to truly enjoy the season and not get caught up in the stress of “needing to to do it all.”

But speaking of needing to do it all, my Erin Condren customized planner arrived yesterday, and the type-A in me is SO EXCITED to start planning out my entire 2016 with customized stickers, a budget book, notes, colourful markers, and tabs. (more…)

{Friday Favourites} Best reads of the week in health, fitness and wellness

the best reads in health and wellnessHappy Friday, y’all!

How was your week? I’m almost recovered from the marathon and Thanksgiving food binge on Sunday. I had about two days of soreness and hobbling after the race before I felt normal again, though I’m clearly not quite recovered yet as I went for an easy 15-minute run yesterday and bailed on the sidewalk. Probably not the best idea to go for my post-marathon recovery run in the morning in the dark on uneven pavement. Other than a scraped elbow and torn glove I’m fine, and happy that I didn’t also tear my Lululemon running jacket.

I’m actually surprised I feel as good as I do after last weekend, which gives me hope for my upcoming marathon training plan. I’m going to go back to focusing on strength training for about a month until I start to ramp it up again for the Phoenix Marathon in February. (more…)

{Friday Favourites} The best reads in fitness, health and wellness

best-reads-teaserHappy Friday, friends! What are you up to this weekend?

With the Finlayson Arm 25K out of the way, I now have my sights on training for the Goodlife Fitness Victoria Half Marathon coming up on Thanksgiving Weekend. Which won’t actually involve much training since I ran almost 30 km last weekend. I figure I’ll do a 16 km this weekend, 20 km next weekend, 12 km the following weekend then race! My primary goal for this race is not to run a PR, but to create a good calorie deficit so I can handle a possible double turkey dinner feast that day, haha! Also, it’s one of my most favourite races (the first one I ever ran almost seven years ago now!) and I hate to miss out on it. It’s become my Thanksgiving weekend tradition!

I’m also running because Ange from Cowgirl Runs is coming to Victoria to race and will be staying with me for the weekend! I’m so excited to finally meet her IRL.

I don’t have a ton of best reads in fitness, health and wellness for you this week unfortunately as I didn’t have that much spare time to read awesome things on the internet, but I DO have a cool announcement and a documentary you absolutely need to watch. (more…)

Stuff you should read Saturday: Crazy fitness gurus, why I love/hate the fitness industry and the greatest bachelor party of all time

sysrsGood morning, friends. I hope you’re all having a lazy Saturday morning in bed like me with a mug of vanilla-flavoured coffee and a fluffy dog curled up at your feet. I’ve had a very rough week this week, and as much as I’d love to pour my heart out on the blog, I will refrain. Some things are best left for a moleskin journal, not a health and fitness blog.

Due to said rough week, I spent the night in last night and read (I just cracked open The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron), ate chocolate, relaxed in a bath and gave myself a french manicure. I also decided to book myself into my favourite spa for the afternoon today. I needed something nice to look forward to — I also really need a pedicure, because it’s almost sandal season and my runner’s feet are looking pretty mangled.

I was feeling slightly more optimistic this morning until I heard about the earthquake in Nepal. My heart sunk again. Sending thoughts and prayers to the beautiful people in that country.

If you have some time to catch up on internet reads this morning, here are some of my favourite posts and articles from this week: (more…)

Stuff You Should Read Saturday: Common weight-loss mistakes, best supplement brands, and why you need to find someone who ‘gets’ you

sysrsHappy Saturday, Friends! I’m currently at my desk (aka actually still in bed because I live in a bachelor suite and don’t have a desk) working on some nutrition and strength plans (aka also reading blogs and scrolling Pinterest for mandala/lotus flower tattoo ideas) and drinking coffee (with Baileys… just kidding. I can’t have cream. Sad face.) before I head out for a 10 km run this morning around Elk Lake with my run buddy Debbie. If you’re also just starting your day and like to read stuff on teh internets, here’s a collection of good reads from this week. (more…)

{Friday Favourites} Magazine features, standing desks and sunrise runs

Life In LeggingsHappy (Good) Friday, friends! I have a mishmash of things I wanted to share on the blog this week, so what better way than to participate in a Friday Favourites link-up? Today I’m linking up with Heather of Life in Leggings, because that would probably be the name of my blog (actually it would be Life in Lululemon) if I didn’t have a government job.

I had two more articles published in a magazine this week!

Getting published in a print magazine with a byline was one of my goals for last year, and I was thrilled to not only write but also be featured in this article for IMPACT Magazine. My plan for 2015 was to really pick up my freelance-writing game, so I was more than happy to write these two pieces for Get Out There Magazine’s Annual Women’s Edition:

 

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Stuff you should read Saturday: Secret meth and other scary stuff in dietary supplements, does weight loss really matter and my first fitness magazine article!

sysrsHappy Saturday! I hope you’re either still cozy and warm in bed browsing through your social feeds on your tablet with a domesticated animal curled up at your feet or having coffee in your kitchen, getting caught up on all the latest on the Internets and enjoying a hearty breakfast. Or, you know, socializing with your loved ones. But then you wouldn’t be reading this awesome collection of articles, would you? Here are a few gems from this week:

Can you be overweight and healthy? – Chicago Tribune
A great piece by James Fell in the Chicago Tribune this morning. Though I tell my clients to ignore the scale for the most part and measure their progress by how much better they feel and move, it’s still important to consider actual health markers, such as cholesterol levels and blood pressure, to determine just how “healthy” you are. So can you have excess body fat and still be healthy?

“‘When you look at it from all angles,’ Katz said, ‘the conclusion you reach is that an excess of body fat is inevitably harmful.’ The problem, specifically with abdominal obesity, is that it infiltrates the organs. ‘Especially the liver, which interferes with insulin metabolism. Then the pancreas pours out extra insulin, and it creates a self-generating cascade that leads directly to diabetes and increased cardiac risk.’ He spoke of research showing an increased risk for most forms of cancer as well.”

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Stuff you should read Saturday – Mindfulness walking, humane meat and a 1980s aerobic dance video

sysrsHappy Saturday! This week is a round-up of posts that resonated with me and how I’m feeling this week, cool stuff I found around the Internets and awesome posts from my fellow Sweat Pink, Girls Gone Sporty, and FitFluential ambassadors; IDEA Inspired bloggers and Active Times contributors. If you have a blog or post you’d like to have featured, send me a link in the comment section below.

Fit & Fashionable Friday Link-Up – fitfulfocus.com
In case you missed it, on Friday the lovely Nicole of Fitfulfocus.com hosted a link-up for fitness and fashion related posts, so I had to join in and link-up my regular #FItFashion Friday feature. If you’re into fitness and fashion, you should check out all the other amazing posts featured on the link-up.

5 Things You Should Do Everyday – bretcontreras.com
If you’re not a regular exerciser, you should at least do these five moves everyday to help you stay mobile and healthy. I incorporate all of these moves into my clients’ workouts as well as my own. (more…)

Stuff you should read Saturday – Introversion, vegan kids and muscular babies

sysrsI thought I would start a new feature on the blog for your Saturday morning reading pleasure. This week is a round-up of posts that resonated with me and how I’m feeling this week, cool stuff I found around the Internets and awesome posts from my fellow Sweat Pink, Girls Gone Sporty, and FitFluential ambassadors; IDEA Inspired bloggers and Active Times contributors. If you have a blog or post you’d like to have featured, send me a link in the comment section below.

Understanding the Introvert Cycle: Why We Go From Irritable to Ever-Loving – Space2Live.net
As an introvert myself, discovering this blog was a relief — I’m not crazy because I like time to myself, I’m just an introvert. As I explained in this post, introversion is an innate temperament, not a choice. An introvert’s brain composition is actually different from an extrovert’s, who tends to have more dopamine (associated with movement, learning and attention) in their primary blood flow pathways in the brain and a shorter, less complex dominate pathway of blood flow than we do. This means that while our brains integrate complex intellectual and emotional information better, it requires more time to do so. We also get our energy from time alone as opposed to extroverts, who get it from being social with others. If you’re an introvert — or an extrovert living with an introvert — this post is very helpful.
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