Getting our fit on: Summer is coming.

It is tough to talk about summer being right around the corner when it’s 50 and raining. Hold the phone, it’s raining in SoCal.

Don’t everyone go and freak out at once.

But seriously we are just a few short months away from bathing suit weather and it’s time to get our butts in gear.

During the winter months it’s easy to get out of a normal workout routine. It’s cold and that makes it tough to get out of bed in the morning. Another excuse? It gets dark early so by the time we get home we just want to chill. It can be demotivating right? No more excuses. We just sprang forward and we have a lot more daylight to get our sweat on.

Training

While I run year round getting fit and tone for summer is a whole notha ballgame. My body is USED to running. Therefore it is efficient at it and not much change comes from it. The same would go for someone who is on the elliptical year-round. At first that person will see change and then once his/her bod gets used to it the dreaded “plateau” arrives. BOOOO.

To get fit and tone for summer I have to mix things up. I incorporate strength training that can be done anywhere (think use of own bodyweight: push ups, dips, squats, lunges) and step up my cross training. I once posted about my love affair with my medicine ball and how I work towards a strong core.

These two key workouts remain a constant in my life. Not only do they help prevent injury but they keep me feeling strong.

Ladies, do you feel intimidated by strength training? Maybe you just don’t know where to start. No need to panic. Start slow and ask questions. Workout with a partner. Make like me and tear out workouts from a magazine and try it at home before busting a move at the gym.

If you are a runner get out of your comfort zone and try a new cardio workout. Try spin, the moving stairs or the rowing machine. Sign up for a class. Shake it at Zumba or Hip Hop or get limber and strong at an Xtend Barre or Pure Barre class. Do something different. Make your body work.It will feel SO GOOD!

One thing I do not focus on is the number on the scale. When I focus on staying healthy and feeling fit everything else falls into place. This is JUST ME. It may not work for everyone. One thing in my life that is for certain is a low number on the scale does NOT define my health. 

Eats

With constant training comes the need to replenish my body. Saying hydrated and refueling my muscles is key. When I first really started running I kept track of my calories via the Nutrition Data website. It helped me to determine how many calories I needed and if I was staying on track. As time went on I got better at eating clean (very few processed foods), feeling satisfied and seeing results. The better I eat the better I feel. The better I feel the better my runs are. The better I feel the stronger my workouts are. The better I feel the happier I am!

Remember the post on Fruits and Veggies?

They remain the center of every meal I eat. I can build breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks around them. I compliment them with lean protein (I eat a lot of fish) and whole grains. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be hard. Making a shopping list and preparing meals in advance saves time. If I can do it you can do too. If you have a slow cooker bust it out! It is amazing what you can create and have ready without doing a whole lot. Just don’t ever starve yourself. If you are hungry, EAT.

I have been told how important it is to drink water for my entire life. Not kidding. When I was a kid I would ask for juice and my Dad would say “Drink water. It will quench your thirst.”  Dads are ALWAYS right. Well almost always 🙂 When we exercise we sweat. Replenishing and rehydrating has to happen. If you have a hard time drinking water (for me it needs to be ice-cold) there are ways to make it easier. I keep Nuun in my purse and in my desk drawer in my office. Not only am I getting much needed water that tastes GOOD I am replacing electrolytes. Hello, bonus. In no way am I saying run out and by Nuun, but if you have a hard time drinking water find a way to make it easier. Remember that fruits and veggies are also a great source of H2O!

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As I have mentioned March is National Nutrition Month. If you haven’t already check out the website and get cracking on a healthier you.

Ok peeps, I am headed to Road Runner Sports with my bro and sis-in-law so they can have their gait analyzed and get fitted for new sneaks. So excited to get to run with two of my favorite people. Who wants to take bets on whether or not I walk out with something?

Del Monte Fresh is hosting a pretty sweet shoe giveaway on FB. Deets coming later today. Yes today. Gasp. Two posts in one day while still dealing with home repairs. I know, CRAY.

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16 thoughts on “Getting our fit on: Summer is coming.

  1. Great post and great tips- thanks for sharing! I would agree that people can kind of get into a trap of, “I run, so I can eat whatever I want and stay fit”, but it doesn’t really work like that! Nutrition and strength training is so important in keeping a strong healthy running or not running, but fit body- love it:)

  2. Love my slow cooker! How nice is it to walk in from a long day and have dinner ready and waiting for you?!

    So fun to get to run with your bro and SIL..I’m the only runner in my fam and always wish someone else would take it up, too.

    Can’t wait to see what you bought at RRS 😉

  3. Love trying new classes, which is hard to do when training. I just need five more hours in each day.

    I love water but have to drink it room at temperature. Them I can gulp it faster!

  4. You have abs (or core) of steel! I think it’s great that you mentioned the nutrition aspect of getting fit… even with the best exercises, if we aren’t fueling correctly, the results will not be as awesome.
    Thanks for this informative post!

    1. Yes yes yes! When I have an off day (or weekend, it happens!) if makes all exercise that much more difficult. Eating right makes a world of difference! That doesn’t mean that I don’t treat myself but I am very aware of what I put into my bod 🙂 Hope you are having a great day!

  5. I guess we both picked up shoes today, huh? I couldn’t help picking up a $40 pair of Brooks Pure Cadence – though if I like them, paying full price for another pair will hurt.

    To artichokes and tomatoes I’d like to add asparagus and eggplant. Oh, and any bitter green!

    1. Yes, I scored a pretty sweet deal on a pair of Gel Excels. We will see how they wear. I love the Brook Pure line of shoes- they are so light and great for shorter distance…tempos…what not. lol

  6. I am really getting to the point in my running where I need to evaluate my diet. This post reconfirms my need to do just that. I know that when my body is fueled well I feel stronger and more important I have more endurance and, If I can look just a smidge like you Ms. Haute Running Mama then all would be well in the world! 🙂 Thank you for some great tips.

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