Run, Forrest! Run!

“That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run”. This quote just so happens to come from one of my favorite movies, Forrest Gump. His motivation to run was simply because he wanted to run, or maybe it went all the way back to when he was being chased by bullies and Jenny yelled out her very memorable line, “Run,  Forrest! Run!”.

Everyone’s motivation to run, or exercise, is different. Some people like it, some people despise it. Regardless of which person you are, there has to be a type of motivation out there for you to get your running shoes on and to get going.

For example, my motivation to exercise is to continuously live a better life, and stay on track to feel healthy and happy. For some people, this isn’t enough.

There are six types of motivation that can work for just about everyone, and they include   achievement, growth, power, social, fear, and incentive. However, if these seem too advanced for you, there are other ways to get motivated.

You can be motivated by your music playlist, your workout apparel, the cute guy/girl at the gym, the various fitness activities you can complete, the steam room/sauna after you’re finished, the clothes that will feel a lot bigger in a month, the number of miles you run… you get the point.

Motivation comes from within, and there can definitely be influencers that are impactful (like me, I hope). If you don’t think you can be motivated by yourself to work out, then you should definetly speak with someone that enjoys doing what you dread the most. There is a reason why some people love it, and all it takes is asking “why”.

So if you’re lacking motivation, try it out anyways, and one day, for no particular reason, just decide to go for a little run. See how far this technique takes you, and maybe you’ll pick up some motivation along the way!

The Power of Choice

We all have choices to make, whether its which outfit to wear to work the next morning, what plans to make with friends for the weekend, or which classes to take the following semester. Choices affect us in every way, shape or form – with some choices having a greater impact on our lives. Picking out an outfit for work will probably have less of an impact on our day than deciding on what to eat throughout the day.

Eating healthy is not a chore, nor should it be viewed as one. It is simply a choice, and an impactful one (if I may add). But eating healthy is hard, I can’t lie about that one. If I don’t have a set plan of the meals and snacks I want to have throughout my day, I’m more likely to either binge eat or treat myself to something I normally wouldn’t choose if I planned it.

Now, I’m not advocating against indulging in life’s treats and eating a burger or cupcake once in a while. Hell, go to an All-You-Can-Eat Sushi restaurant and stuff your face until you can feel your stomach about the burst (okay, maybe I’d advise against this one, but I’m only mentioning it because I’ve been there, done that).

I’m simply suggesting that planning your meals is the proper way to make choices about what food you are going to eat throughout your day. There are plenty of benefits that come with planning your meals and snacks before your day starts. Of course, most importantly, you will eat healthier  – because you will avoid the many unhealthy options thrown at you when you’re forced to buy food.

Planning your meals may be difficult if you’re a traveler or you’re planning a vacation. But bringing snacks with you like the RXBAR or Greek yogurt can help eliminate purchasing unhealthy snacks, and it will allow you to focus on choosing the right breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

Say to yourself before you start your day, – “OK – for breakfast I’m going to have an egg omelet, and for lunch I’ll have a salad with chicken/fish/tofu, and for dinner I’ll make sure to include some complex carbs & some more protein”. It is ultimately up to you to decide how you want to plan your meals, and if you need assistance – contact a nutritionist.

But to make life easier & more healthy, plan your meals & figure out some snacks in between! You will feel a whole lot better about your choices, and maybe even make some better ones in other aspects of your life!

Overtraining – Say What Now?

Recently, there’s no time to take pics at the gym because I’m too busy getting the grind on. Except, am I grinding a little bit too hard? Overtraining, as much as we all hate to see it, is very much a thing. Progress takes time and dedication, and you (or I) won’t see change in a day. Busting your ass at the gym for 3 hours a day isn’t as effective as you think. Overtraining can actually cause halted progress . According to Muscle Model champion and transformation trainer Micah LaCerte, “When you’re overtraining, your body is going in the opposite direction of growth, because your muscles are torn and all you’re doing is re-tearing them again“. Easy enough to understand, right? So, get your grind on – but take it easy sometimes too. Training is good for your body, but there are alternatives to consistently putting tremendous stress on your body – like implementing more low intensity exercises into your routine.