How To Be Happy

Let me start off by saying that sitting down to write a blog post on how to be happy is a daunting task. And, by the way, what’s it doing on a fitness blog? Are you just going to tell me to feel comfortable in my own skin? No—we’ve all heard that before, and everyone knows that it’s one of the things it takes to be happy. But, in my opinion, that’s neither the only—nor, even, the most important—element.

Why did I decide to suddenly write about being happy? What do I know about it, anyway? I’m only 26 years old, but I’ve already had some serious ups and downs in my life (have you seen my injury resume? That was a low). I’ve experienced different kinds of happiness, in different situations, with different people. I realized today, sitting at work with deadlines looming, covered in hives (after an apparent allergic reaction to antibiotics that treated a staph infection…long story), and my boyfriend 6,000 miles away, that I’m happy. Continue reading

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5 Reasons You Should Train for a Race

Nothing is more frustrating to me than talking to people about getting in shape, or wanting to start exercising more, and as soon as I bring up the idea of training for a race, being met with a “no, I don’t think so… [and, insert waffling here].” Honestly, even if you don’t think you can do it, training for a race of any kind is an incredibly rewarding experience—even if the only thing you take away from it is being relieved at having finished. But you might surprise yourself. Continue reading

How Strength Training Helps You Get In Shape

I know I focus this blog on getting in shape, rather than losing weight. They’re not always the same thing, but they can absolutely be (it’s an all As are Bs, but not all Bs are As kind of situation). If you’re overweight, part of getting in shape means losing weight; it’s simple, the two go hand-in-hand. I’ve talked a lot about different weight training exercises, but I realized recently that if you don’t think lifting will help you, you ignore that information until you do—and many, many people toil under the misconception that lifting is something best done after slimming down.

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Beer After A Workout? It’s Good For You!

Beer drinking is a post-sport pastime, and it’s even become a selling point for many all-comer races. Tough Mudder? Sign up and get a beer immediately after crossing the finish line. Ever played any co-ed sport? A stop at the bar after the game is basically required team participation. And there has been a surge in participation in hashing clubs, which describe themselves as “drinkers with a running problem” (I am well acquainted with the hash, not as a participant, but as an innocent by-standing friend. Proof: make sure you never go in new shoes!). ->