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

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 to Work Around Injuries

I have a tiny bit of “on-the-job” expertise with this one. Let me give you my injury resume (the fact that I even have one of these makes me a little sad):

6660_10100178492516381_7137860_n– When I was 16, I had back surgery to fix a herniated disc.
– My sophomore year of college, I had a horrific collision with an opposing goalie and tore my left PCL.
– My junior year, I had another collision with a goalie and broke my right leg.
– The summer before my senior year, I tore my right ACL.
– 6 months after I graduated from college, I tore a ligament in my left ankle.
– Because of my back and knee surgeries, I have the beginning of arthritis in those spots.
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