The winter is always a tough time to run; with the short days and cold weather, it’s hard to convince yourself to put on those extra layers and get out the door.
This fall has been one of the best that I can remember. With perfect crisp mornings leading to warmer afternoons and the beautiful colors of the fall foliage, I couldn’t help but want to get out for longer runs to take in the amazing season. I definitely was not the only one, either. Every weekend the streets have been filled with runners out for a casual jog or logging their miles for their upcoming races. There are those jogging in groups and others running solo, taking in the sounds of their surroundings, or plugged in to their phones listening to a great playlist or a thrilling story.
Marathon season is in full swing and many people are at the end of the road with their training. From here on out, the mental strength becomes more important than the physical. If you are training to run this fall or know someone who is, DON’T TELL ME YOU’RE AFRAID is worth a listen. It’s an inspiring story about how a young girl in Somalia uses running to help her through increasing political and economic turmoil, giving her the motivation and desire to make her country better.
Eating only clean food, doing yoga and meditating every day, walking a straight-and-now spiritual path ... it can all be a bit much, especially when we take ourselves too seriously. JP Sears has set out to change all that. He pokes fun at everything from essential oils to veganism to yoga selfies to having a spiritual guru. It's time to put the 'light' back in enLIGHTenment! Watch this video and laugh a little.
I live in a 1.5-mile radius of 12 different workout facilities. Whether they’re gym chains, yoga studios, or cycling studios, they could easily offer me the kind of workout I want, and I could walk to half of them if I needed to. But distance isn’t the issue. Making time to work out...
The morning after my first surf gym class, I woke up feeling like I’d done 1,001 sit ups. (Hello core!) It was challenging; it was a good practice in humility and patience. I reminded myself that our bodies take a while to learn new movements - even 25+ years of yoga practice didn’t mean I could effortlessly lift weights, do Pilates, and surf ... at the same time.
By now I’m sure you’ve heard: fat isn’t the horror we used to think it was. But you know what actually might be horrible for you? Fat-free food! Blech. The chemicals and processing required to create “fat-free” are proving to be bad for us. But then fat’s bad for us, too, right? Not exactly.
Fermented foods are more than just a trendy addition to your local farm-to-table restaurant menu. They're all about probiotics. Many experts on diet and nutrition are saying the same thing these days: a healthy body begins with a healthy gut. Fermented foods can improve your digestive health. Check out our Fermented Foods 101 to get started.
Part of me loves the idea of getting a perfectly nutritious meal in a bottle. It's easy, it's portable, it works for our go-go-go lifestyle. But what about community? What do we give up when we skip meals, drink our nutrition between meetings, push ourselves to work more and more? What about the nourishing ritual or pausing and preparing fresh food together?
I have listened to a few fast-paced thriller novels that have made me want to keep running so I can find out what happens, as well as comedies and light reading that keeps me moving without taking my full concentration away from my run. Either way, audiobooks have been a great motivator to get me to go that extra mile so I can finish listening to a chapter.