Running a mental game – 5 tips to get over the hump

Many people are intimidated by the thought of running. We see those tiny waif-like beings floating in midair, making it look effortless, but when we chug along we feel like we might die if we take another step. But I promise, if you stick with it, it will reward you with steady progress and a sense of accomplishment that can’t be beat.

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5 Techniques to Reduce Stress at Work

We’re all guilty of allowing ourselves to be sucked into the stress of the job. Deadlines, pressure, competing demands – it really takes a toll on our mental state and our health. The sheer amount of energy it takes to switch gears from one topic, one meeting, one email to another is enormous. Use these 5 simple techniques to bring yourself back to center… Read More

Spring Has Sprung! Five ways to get back in the swing!

Winter is drawing to a close. It’s now time to breathe new life into your workouts…

It’s around this time of year that we start to feel that little twinge of hope; “Is it over?!” For those of us who really take advantage of Winter and enjoy sports and activities that make good use of the cold and snow, this could be a slightly sad time. For those of us that just cannot wait for it to be done, it’s an ecstatic time. Whichever category you fall in, the change in seasons, for most of the country, is always welcome – just to keep things different.

But, Spring brings a reinvigorating feeling that has to do with more than just the weather. It’s a time to shake things up. So, here are five ideas to get you moving and changing: Read More

Don’t be afraid to set a healthy example! Here’s how…

Inspired by my daughter’s Valentine’s Day party at school, I decided to make a treat for all to enjoy… One that didn’t include sugar. Some have looked at me like I have three heads when I tell them my almost 2 year-old has never had a cookie, candy or piece of cake (yes, even on her birthday- she had the Runner’s World Long Run Cake minus the agave syrup). And please don’t think I’m judging those who allow their kids to have these things in moderation! I simply believe that she doesn’t know any better, so why start. Read More

3 Mix and Match Rainy Day Workouts

Sometimes the weather just tests our motivation to the extreme. How do we ensure we get our workouts in even when the deck is stacked against us? Here at FitSimple, we’re (of course) big advocates of the at-home workout. Here are 3 workouts from our FitSimple Five Minutes Fix series that include mix and match moves to get you through a whole rainy week if need be. Read More

5 tips to keep you pushing through the tough workouts…

When workouts get tough, every bone in our body tells us to quit. Here are five steps to help you get through…

Our bodies are capable of 100 times more than we think. Look at what women are able to accomplish through childbirth; things they’ve never even come close to experiencing before. Our muscles and systems are well equipped to handle a great deal more than we’ve ever put them through. So what holds us back? Our mind. Working out may be more mental than physical. So, what can we do? Read More

5 Recovery MUSTS! Here’s what you need to know…

Rest and recovery are essential pieces of any training plan. In order to get the most benefit out of recovery, you must take an active approach… it’s not just about sitting around (well, some of the time it is!)

Our logic… muscles hurt, you rest them. But, your bones, ligaments and tendons, your structure, takes longer to recover than your muscles – they get less blood flow, and that’s where we end up with overtraining injuries. Also, your other systems need repair – your mind and your body are trying to work together congruently. Read More