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It’s A Long Summer Run Ahead

Getting out and about and exercising during the summer months is so rewarding. We get nicer weather to make the most of, longer days to utilise and, generally, everybody tends to feel a lot happier about themselves. It’s a one-way ticket to success if you start your workout regime at this time of the year, but few people tend to see that. They stick with the idea that starting off at the gym and getting fit and healthy in January is the way to go. Who wants to push their body to the limits in the cold when you’ve got the option of embracing nature and the outdoors when the temperature starts to rise?

Make The Most Of The Weather

We get summer for a few months each year. There are places all around the world that are lucky enough to have it almost all year round, but for the majority of us, we are stuck with the seasons. And who can begrudge that? It offers variety to our training regime and ensures that we are not bored on a day to day basis.

We see different things when we are out running and it gives s the chance to get creative with our routes. Stick to the same thing every single day and you’ll soon begrudge the reason that you’re running and grow complacent and bored with what you’re doing. While the weather is fair and you can get the most out of your days, try and extend your running path a little further each time. Most marathons and training events happen over the summer, so entering yourself for one at the start of summer to complete at the end is a perfect goal to aim for.

Remember To Fuel Your Body

It’s easy to forget just how much more water your body needs when it’s warmer than it does compared to in the colder months. It’s also easy to forget that you need to switch up your foods to cater for the fact that your body will naturally burn more calories in warmer weather.

If you are looking to run for weight loss rather than fitness, then supplement with something like Royal 21 Queen and ensure that you are eating a balanced diet, but if it’s solely for fitness than you need to really make sure that you are taking care of your body in the way it needs to be taken care of. Eating the right food for your body is like fuelling a car; if you are running on gas, it’s silly to put diesel into it. It won’t work.

It’s sort of the same with what you eat before a big run. If you are eating a lot of the wrong foods, your body won’t work in the way that you want it to. You need complex carbohydrates to give you a slow release of energy throughout. Make sure that you have drank plenty before you set off if you are averse to carrying water around with you. Think about the treats that you can have after your run – the healthy eating binge doesn’t have to last forever!

Take Note Of Your Statistics

If you have a smartwatch such as a FitBit, it’s easy to keep a track of how many calories you are burning, what your pulse rate is like throughout your run and how far you have travelled. It’s a good idea to take a note of these statistics and have them on file. There are a few reasons for this.

The first is that it’s a good motivation for you to see how far you’ve come from the start of the summer to the end. It’s a great feeling to look down and see that you’ve burned X amount of calories as well as running X amount of distance.

The second is to be able to gauge how many calories you are burning over a period of time to be able to fuel yourself effectively.

The third is to notice any anomalies in what you are doing and bring them to attention. If you have noticed that your heart rate is deviating from the norm after you have reached a plateau, or are noticing that you’re not running somewhere as fast as you were and reaching your destination in a time that reflects the amount of work that you’ve put into your training, it may be time to seek the help of a professional.

Even if it’s just a false alarm, it’s still a good idea to get checked over to ensure that you are doing everything right and there’s not something  happening within your body. This can be harder to pick up on in colder months as your body has to constantly adapt to the temperature outside and takes longer to warm up. Use the summer months as your motivation to finding out the cause of a problem, if there are any.

Get Social, Pick A Buddy!

The immense thing about running in the summer is that you will actually have people who are willing to do it with you. Whether they’re novices or advanced in their field, running with a partner in tow can do wonders for your motivation – and theirs. Remember to take it at a pace that suits the both of you, or pair up with other people who are on their level if they are uncertain that they’ll be able to keep up at all.

We all had to start somewhere, and it bodes well to humble yourself and remember that when trying to introduce other people to a sport that you may well be a whizz at. It takes a certain amount of dedication, a pinch of time and a whole lot of luck and talent to be really good at something, so nurture the person who decides to take this step and support them on their journey. If they don’t like it, don’t worry – it’s summer, and you are totally free to do what you want!

Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

5 Simple Ways to Get Your Beach Body

We all want to look fabulous in our bikinis and swim costumes, but how do we do it? Sometimes it can be hard to maintain a rigorous diet, especially if you have a busy schedule to work around. No more confusion, because here are just a few simple tips on how to get that sexy body for this summer.

Walk Instead of Driving

Not only is it good for you physically, but the mental benefits are fantastic too. A few moments of fresh air is great for the brain and helps you to clear your head. It gives you a chance to think things through like ‘what holiday do I want this year?’ Or ‘where do I see myself in 10 years?’. If you’re walking with someone, it’s even better. This gives you time to socialize, instead of having the pressure of driving to ruin it. So next time you need to pop down to the corner shop, think about walking instead.

Get Down to the Gym

Working out at the gym at least 4 times a week, for one hour, is a fantastic way to get into shape. Not only is it good for your body, but it’s great for your mental wellbeing. It gets your brain stimulated and pumped up for the day ahead! If you’re just starting, take it easy. Whether it’s doing cardio or muscles, keep it at a steady pace for the first few weeks. Even if you’re unable to go to the gym for the day, slot some time in to do some exercise at home. A portable sit-up bench from an online store, such as Sportzbits would do just the trick.

Eat Breakfast Every Day

Start your day off properly and enjoy a healthy breakfast. You know that myth about it being the most important meal of the day? Well, that’s true. Eating breakfast stops you from snacking, and it makes you less hungry, which means you eat smaller sized meals throughout the day.

Cut Back on Fatty Foods

We can all agree that’s it tempting to eat that chocolate bar over the healthier options, but at the end of the day, it may taste better, but it’s not helping us to lose weight. Also, instead of eating a takeaway, try experimenting with more healthy foods in the kitchen. Not only does it save you money, but it’s a fun, new hobby to get involved with. There are tons of blogs dedicated to healthy and unique dishes, for example, Sprouted Kitchen to get you on the right track.

Set Goals

Lastly, be realistic with yourself and set goals. Losing weight or toning your body won’t happen overnight. Buy a calendar or a diary to keep track of what you are doing to achieve your beach body and keep working towards it. You could even use websites such as, MyFitnessPal which keep track of your calories and help you to follow a particular diet. Have a fitness buddy too! You and your friend/partner could set goals together and work as a team.

Follow these steps, and you’ll be well on your way to looking good for this summer!

Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Love Your Body: How To Stay Motivated To Get In Shape

In the everlasting quest to get fit and achieve the bodies we’ve always dreamt of; it can be hard to motivate yourself to get out of bed or off the couch and go to the gym. Here are some tips on how to stay motivated to get in shape…

Get A Fitness Buddy

First of all, talk to your friends to see if there’s anyone who shares similar fitness aims to the ones that you have; and if so, it’s time to buddy up and start getting fit together! Whether it’s going for Saturday afternoon hikes together, attending yoga classes and then going to a juice bar afterward, or simply going on dog walks around the block together. Having a fitness buddy will make getting in shape a lot more fun for you; plus you’ll be able to spur each other on to do more and more.

Get Outside

Spring is finally here which means that you can take full advantage of the great outdoors to get healthy. There are plenty of things that you can do outside to get fit; ranging from getting off the train a stop early on your way home from work and walking for an extra ten minutes, to going to your local open air swimming pool and taking a dip in the cool water. Biking is also getting increasingly popular; if you’re lost on what equipment you should buy, look at this year’s best mountain bikes reviewed online to find the one that’s the best fit for you and your lifestyle. Make sure that you’re aware of what’s going on around you if you’re biking on the road; wear a helmet and don’t listen to music.

Raise Money For Charity

If you’re planning to run a marathon, but you’re worried you might give up halfway round; sign up to do it for charity and get your friends and family to sponsor you; and remember it doesn’t have to be a marathon, a 5K can work just as well! Make sure that you train properly, so your stamina is good, and that you have excellent quality running shoes along with clothes made of moisture wicking fabric; make it easier on yourself by having the right tools! Pick a cause that’s close to your heart to keep you motivated as you go around the course.

Find What You Love

Finally, if you hate whatever fitness exercises you’re doing, then it’s hard to motivate yourself. Not everyone learns to love the gym; doing weights or machines in the same room as a lot of other sweaty people simply isn’t for everyone. Likewise, not everyone will love running as it can feel depressingly solitary if you’re more of a sociable person. Make sure that you’ve found an exercise that suits you; whether that’s a twice-weekly Zumba class where you can dance to your heart’s content, or a yoga class where you can find spiritual as well as physical fulfillment, or even a regular hike that you can take with your dog. The best way to feel motivated is to love what you do.

Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Guest Post: Top 10 Weight Loss Exercises

Losing weight can be a difficult prospect. With so much information out there, it can be tough to find the right method. In this article, I’ll be talking about some fantastic weight loss exercises that you can do anywhere, anytime, and can help increase your metabolism so your body will burn off fat like butter.

There’s a common belief that only long distance or cardiovascular endurance type of exercises are good for weight loss. While you do lose weight while doing those exercises, they don’t increase your metabolism very much, because they don’t build much muscle mass. By doing some strength training, you will increase your muscle tone, and this will increase your metabolism. This can dramatically help you lose weight.

Squats

Squats are a great way to strengthen your upper legs, calves, stomach, and lower back. Stand with your feet about shoulder width apart. Take a deep breath in. Pull you arms back behind you, and begin to swing them forward as you squat down. Put the weight on the balls of your feet. Swing your arms so they tips of your fingers barely touch the floor. Inhale as you stand up. Repeat as many times as you can. At first, you’ll be able to do ten or twenty, but you’ll be able to increase over time.

Push ups

Push ups are another great way to increase your lean muscle mass. They work pretty much every muscle above the waist. Start in the push-up position, and then raise your backside so that you are in an upside down V. As you lower your midsection, sweep your chest and face forward, and then lift them up. Your legs and waist should be just above the floor, and chest and face should be pointed forward. Return to the V position and repeat. This is fairly difficult, so don’t expect to do more than a couple the first time. Just keep at it, and be prepared to be amazed at the changes in your upper body.

Sit up

Build good looking abs with sit ups. There are countless variations, so just choose one that you are familiar with. A common one, which works plenty of muscles, is called the mummy sit up. Lay down on your back, like you are getting ready to go to sleep. Then sit up without bending your legs, or lifting them off the floor. When you can do twenty-five of these, consider yourself to have stronger stomach muscles that pretty much anybody you meet.

Walking

Walking makes the best exercises list not because it is extraordinary but because you do it every day. It is extremely easy to stick to a workout plan when it includes walking because it’s something you do anyway. Simply making yourself walk more or further is much easier task than keeping that New Year’s resolution to go to the gym three times a week!

Planks

A plank is a variation of a push up and really works the core muscles. It includes pushing up off the ground as if you’re going to do a push up, but instead holding the pose for at least one minute. A repetition of ten to twenty planks per day will shed the pounds quicker than with 500 pushups a day! It is a good idea to start out slow as just one of these can really make a difference in your overall weight loss.

Dance

Dancing is an incredibly fun and easy way to shed pounds quickly. It also falls into the category of walking in that it is something that is easy to do when you are cleaning house or just lazing around on a Saturday morning. Remember it is always the things that are enjoyable that help you lose weight fast and that is because you are more likely to stick to the regimen if you aren’t bored or feel like you are punishing yourself.

Kettlebell Swings

Kettlebell Swings are a safe and effective exercise for most people. It’s a great full body workout that recruits several different muscle groups. Kettlebell swings not only improve muscle definition, but they’ll work on your cardiovascular endurance as well. If you have back pain, these are a great low impact exercise to improve endurance and strengthen the muscles of the back without a lot of risk for injury.

Strengthening Exercise

Strengthening exercise builds muscular strength and is a great complement to aerobic exercise. Lifting weights or utilizing resistance training machines are a great way to build muscle strength, but you can also successfully build muscle in the comfort of your own home by doing sit-ups, push-ups, leg lifts or taking a 2-5 pound weight with you when you go for a walk. Resistance bands can be purchased and used in the comfort of your home, as well.

Flexibility Training

Flexibility training is important because as we age, the full range of motion of our muscles and joints can decrease, and stretching can prevent this from happening. It’s easy to incorporate stretching into your exercise routine by stretching for at least 5-10 minutes before and after aerobic and strength-training exercise programs. And be sure you don’t overstretch, as this can injure your body.

Combo Workout Regimens

Combo workouts are quicker ways to lose weight. Doing the same workout every day can not only be boring but it can also prevent you from seeing true results. Once your body becomes conditioned to a workout it begins to slow down in way of progression due to muscle memory. But this is only one reason that combo workouts make such difference in your weight loss success.

These ten exercises should be enough to get you started. Don’t push yourself too hard, and add repetitions only when you feel comfortable. Give yourself a couple of months, and prepare to be amazed at how well these simple exercises will burn fat and dramatically change the way your body looks.

Kelly is the founder of RegularityFitness, where she and associates blog about the best fitness exercises, weight loss methods, diet, muscle building. That will help you get a good shape and healthy. You can also connect with Kelly on Twitter

Get Your Body in Shape by Summer

Now that we are finally closing the door on winter, we are starting to think about the summer months. After all, summer is when we can finally get our short sleeved tops and shorts out of the wardrobe again. And we tend to take our main holiday in the summer months! And this means we will have to get our beach body in check. But is it too late to be in shape by summer? A lot of people think that they won’t be able to get their dream shape by the time the sun arrives. But it can be a possibility, so don’t give up. Here are some ways you can get your body in shape by summer.

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Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Getting That Summer Body You Always Talk About

We all say the same thing every year. This is going to be the summer that counts, the summer that your body is ready for. But, it’s not as easy as that, is it? The mere distractions throughout the year narrow the gap between now and then, and eventually, winter is gone. Now, you’re left out of shape and feeling down for another year. But! For this year, it’s not too late. You can still do it. So, this post will be giving you some tips and advice to keep you motivated while getting that summer body.

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Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Summer is Here! 5 Ways To Keep Your Feet Protected

Summer is fully upon us, and now that the sun is shining just a little bit more, we’ll be getting outside on a regular basis. During this time, your feet are going to take a pounding. They’ll be dealing with copious amounts of walking and heat blaring down on them. It doesn’t seem like anything to worry about until you’re left with blisters and pain as the summer wears off. Here’s how to keep your feet protected this summer. 

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Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

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