Getting In That First Run To Start The Trend

Getting In That First Run To Start The Trend

The first run is the hardest but the first step always is.

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It is the time of year where people are looking for a change in their life. Whether it can be exercising more or healthy options there are different activities that can be done to start the New Year on the right foot. There are different approaches to how you can have a healthier lifestyle whether it is spending more time outdoors or eating more vegetables but one of the best things to is finding a form of exercise that interests you and something you can look forward to.

Exercise does not have to be viewed as work or something you despise but something that can be fun. If you want to grab a few of your friends and go play a game of soccer or go hiking that can count as exercise. Finding time to be outdoors not only helps your health physically but also mentally. Some research has shown that being outside or being surrounded by the colors can be viewed as relaxing and as a form of destressing.

Maybe the past few months have gotten away from you or you have not spent as much time at the gym as you wanted. However, what matters is that you want to start a healthier lifestyle. The first step behind having a healthier lifestyle is to plan for it or have a positive mental attitude. It is important to get at least thirty minutes of exercise daily to maintain healthy habits. One of the most important parts of a healthy lifestyle is the mentality behind it. If you really want to be healthy you need to prepare and work towards your goal. It is also worth noting that you will not see results at first and it is ok. It can be understood that you want to shed the belly but it comes with time and dedication.

There is not one exercise that is better than the others or one exercise that will change you in the span of one day but there is an exercise that does not require weights and a gym membership: running. Most sports include running and running is a fundamental exercise that helps build up endurance and stamina for other sports as well. Now running may not be for everyone but running is a great way to burn calories and some good cardio to get in every now and then. An upside for running is that it is not only a common exercise but many people have had struggles when beginning to run.

Sometimes you may get tired easily or you do not think you can run as much. It is OK to have these struggles because it shows you want to make a difference. Studies have shown that running can help prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and even some cancers. Finding time to exercise will allow you to overcome the possibility of these struggles.

Now before you talk about how you want to run a half marathon or one day wants to compete in a mud run it is important to start from square one. Start small. Whether you are at the gym or you live in a neighborhood with sidewalks both places are ideal to start running. Take it lightly and start with a one-mile jog or you run to the gym before working out. FInding ways to incorporate running without realizing it benefits you and will help prepare you for potential marathons or 10ks. It will be tough at first and you will feel exhausted but the more time you spend running you won't get tired as easily and your endurance and stamina will increase. When starting to exercise the best thing, to begin with, is a light run or jog. Over time you can build up from this routine and running one mile will become easier for you.

However, before you can even begin running it is important to find the best type of shoes. One of the best ways to buy shoes is online on websites that have researched the best types of shoes or the shoes that people wear for their marathons. RunRepeat provides an in-depth look at prices of shoes for not only running but several other sports. The best place to begin is by finding the best shoe for you. That may not necessarily mean the most expensive but rather the one that provides the best arch or comfort. Remember this is going to become a running shoe and your comfort is a vital part of the successful run.

Getting on track for a healthy lifestyle can be a little tough. There are going to be struggles and obstacles but finding a place to start will allow you to grow and improve for the future. Taking it one step at a time not only will benefit you but allows you to gradually ease into your routine. So it's finally the new year and you want to change up your routine. Have you considered running? It might be tough at first but there are some pretty cool benefits from running. That first run can be life-changing.

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PSA: Keep Your Body-Negative Opinions Away From Little Girls This Summer

But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with.

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It's officially swimsuit season, y'all.

The temperature is rising, the sun is bright and shining, and a trip to the beach couldn't look more appealing than it does right now. This is the time of year that many of us have been rather impatiently waiting for. It's also the time of year that a lot of us feel our most self-conscious.

I could take the time to remind you that every body is a bikini body. I could type out how everyone is stunning in their own unique way and that no one should feel the need to conform to a certain standard of beauty to feel beautiful, male or female. I could sit here and tell you that the measurement of your waistline is not a reflection of your worth. I completely believe every single one of these things.

Hell, I've shared these exact thoughts more times than I can count. This time around, however, I'm not going to say all these things. Instead, I'm begging you to push your insecurities to the side and fake some confidence in yourself when you're in front of others.

Why?

Because our negative self-image is toxic and contagious and we're spreading this negative thinking on to others.

We're all guilty of this, we're with family or a friend and we make a nasty comment about some aspect of our appearance, not even giving a single thought to the impact our words have on the person with us. You might think that it shouldn't bother them- after all, we're not saying anything bad about them! We're just expressing our feelings about something we dislike about ourselves. While I agree that having conversations about our insecurities and feelings are important for our mental and emotional health, there is a proper and improper way of doing it. An open conversation can leave room for growth, acceptance, understanding, and healing. Making a rude or disheartening remark about yourself is destructive not only to yourself, but it will make the person you are saying these things around question their own self worth or body image by comparing themselves to you.

My little sister thinks she's "fat." She doesn't like how she looks. To use her own words, she thinks she's "too chubby" and that she "looks bad in everything."

She's 12 years old.

Do you want to know why she has this mindset? As her older sister, I failed in leading her by example. There were plenty of times when I was slightly younger, less sure of myself, and far more self-conscious than I am now, that I would look in the mirror and say that I looked too chubby, that my body didn't look good enough, that I wished I could change the size of my legs or stomach.

My little sister had to see the older sibling she looks up to, the big sis she thinks always looks beautiful, say awful and untrue things about herself because her own sense of body image was warped by media, puberty, and comparing herself to others.

My negativity rubbed off onto her and shaped how she looks at herself. I can just imagine her watching me fret over how I look thinking, "If she thinks she's too big, what does that make me?"

It makes me feel sick.

All of us are dealing with our own insecurities. It takes some of us longer than others to view ourselves in a positive, loving light. We're all working on ourselves every day, whether it be mentally, physically, or emotionally. But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with, our struggles and insecurities should not form into their own burdens.

Work on yourself in private. Speak kindly of yourself in front of others. Let your positivity, real or not, spread to others instead of the bad feelings we have a bad habit of letting loose.

The little girls of the world don't need your or my negative self-image this summer. Another kid doesn't need to feel worthless because we couldn't be a little more loving to ourselves and a lot more conscious of what we say out loud.

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If You've Ever Ran A Half-Marathon Then You've Probably Had These 18 Thoughts

There's so many thoughts during a half-marathon.

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Two weeks ago I ran my first ever half marathon. I've never run a race in my life before and I'm not really a runner so it was an interesting experience. Over the course of my training, I actually learned to enjoy running and I can say that I actually like it now.

This half marathon was really challenging but really rewarding. These are all the things that I was thinking about (there was probably a lot more, too) during those 13.1 miles.

1. "This is really easy but all these people are running way too fast."

2. "This is so much easier than a training run."

3. "Wow I already ran three miles."

4. "I need water."

5. *Casually sings Neon Moon by Brooks and Dunn

6. "I'm getting really hungry. I hope there's muffins at the end."

7. "Dang, this is easy. I feel like I could run for forever."

8. "Okay, so we went six miles so 13 minus six is seven. We have seven miles to go." 

9. "The sun is so hot."

10. "I could use some more water."

11. "Would my group judge me if I walked at mile eight?"

12. "Why am I running again?"

13. "I'm on mile 10 so in 10 minutes I'll be on mile 11. This will totally go by fast."

14. "I'm still on mile 10."

15. "I'm still... on... mile.... 10... now mile 11."

16. "This is the longest run of my life."

17. "Oh great, now my calf is cramping." 

18. *When the run is over* "Man, I feel like I could do another one!"

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