If your family growing up was anything like mine, the idea of doing something healthy or active in the time between Halloween and Valentine’s Day was a big no-no. Swiss Colony boxes showed up regularly with those processed cheese-like foods that lived in the fridge nearly year-round. Even though we lived in Arizona, I’m pretty sure my Mom thought I would get frostbite if I ventured outside. The closest I got to physical activity was volunteering through the National Honors Society to help man the water stations at a 5k for asthma or heart disease. That last one I still highly recommend, but I’ve since learned that if I want to avoid the Fall/Winter 20 (pounds) I need to figure out how to start some new healthy holiday traditions.
I’ve seen tons of lists on how to improve your running that mention removing your earbuds and actually taking in the sounds around you. Perhaps if I were a better person I could manage, but in all honesty if I’m not listening to the Norwegian operatic metal songs of my youth then I’m almost certainly playing a podcast while running.
I was a little late on getting on this train, but since I discovered them a couple of years ago I’ve been hooked. Not all shows are great for exercise entertainment (I’m looking at you, morning news) so I figured I’d introduce you to the ones that keep my attention the best when I’m logging miles.
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It’s the moooost wonderful tiiiime of the yeeeee–oh, wrong holiday. Halloween is one of my favorite times of year though. The weather is still pretty nice and tasty Fall foods are aplenty. It’s also the beginning of the non-stop food-based festivities that don’t really stop until Valentine’s Day. With that in mind, I put together a list of fun Halloween themed workouts to keep you active while enjoying the reason for the season (candy, duh). So pop in a scary movie to get your blood pumping or jam out to Monster Mash on repeat. These spooky workouts are perfect for getting your decidedly not-scary tush moving. 😉 Continue reading
I’m going to assume you don’t need me to remind you that you can usually lace up those sneakers and go on a run while on vacation if that’s your thing. I honestly have a hard time running routes I’ve never been on before, so I put together a list of workouts that I can do without packing my entire home gym. You might also notice that none of these workouts are terribly long, either. I’d prefer to spend my vacation time with my loved ones, so I try to get in a quick workout in the morning to feel like my best version of myself and then just not worry about it while I celebrate or play or relax. Continue reading
I often spend days at a time wading through PubMed science articles in my lab that are incredibly specific to my little niche of research. Occasionally, though, I use my baller search term skills to answer some of my own questions about topics near and dear to my heart, namely: health outcomes, fitness and athletic injuries, effects of diet on behavior and body weight, and a personal favorite of debunking false claims.
Here are my favorite peer-reviewed articles and reviews that I’ve enjoyed reading throughout the week. If you have any questions on these topics or others, I love doing research! Remember though, I’m just a researcher poking about the annals of scientific history, not a medical professional. 😉