Health

  • A Beginners Guide To Running: 4 Key Tips Every New Runner Should Know

    Beginners Guide To Running

    Running is a great way to get in shape, improve health, and feel great. If running is not something you’ve tried before it is important to start off slow in order to avoid injury and risk losing interest. Maintaining regular running workouts can result in weight loss, better health, increased energy, and the joy of a new sport.

    Here’s a quick beginners guide to running:

    Get A Great Pair of Running Shoes

    The clothes you wear while running are not nearly as important as having the right running shoes. As long as the running attire is weather-appropriate, runners should wear what is most comfortable. However, when it comes to running, do not pull out an old pair of sneakers to wear on the run. Having a well-fitted and comfortable running shoe will reduce the chances of injury. Consider going to a running specialty store to get fitted for the right shoe.

    Stretch Before You Start Running

    Before heading out for a run, it is important to stretch. Stretching will keep muscles loose and help to avoid injury. Develop a stretching routine that will be completed before going out for a run. About ten minutes of stretching prior to a run is essential for reducing muscle-related injuries.

    Stretching the correct way for running is as important as stretching itself. Do not extend the stretch too quickly as injury can occur. Gently stretch and hold each stretch for about thirty seconds. Over time, the stretching routine will become easier and even more enjoyable!

    It is important not to push the workout to any extreme. Starting slow and building strength and endurance may take some time but will be worth the effort. By overexerting in the beginning, new runners run the risk of injury, overly sore muscles, and quickly losing interest. Expectations should be realistic in the beginning. The first few runs should not exceed one mile or fifteen minutes but if that takes too much effort, only do what you can.

    Keep Running

    Running a mile or so the first week should get easier as the second week approaches. Take a day or two off from running during each week, but replace the time with another exercise that is enjoyable. Taking too much time off from running or any other workout routine will make it harder to get back into it after the break.

    When the initial distance starts to get easier, it is time to add another five minutes to the run. Add time or distance in small increments to build up endurance. Run the new distance at least three times before increasing the running time. Some people may want to run the extended distance for up to two weeks before making the next adjustment.

    Set Goals To Stay Motivated

    Running can be extremely enjoyable and allow for time to take pleasure in the outdoors while improving one’s health and even losing weight. Set small goals that are achievable to keep motivation high. If a goal is to lose weight, keep in mind that muscle mass may increase so the scale may not reflect the health benefits achieved. Be aware of increased energy, better fitting clothes, and a sense of achievement.

    Some people experience a “runner’s high” and find running time to be peaceful and invigorating. Ensure you take extra precautions like proper stretching and wearing the right running shoes to decrease the chance of injury. You can also keep your motivation up by listening to health-based podcasts. Be sure to stick to the new running workout for at least three months to experience the real benefits of this healthy workout.

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    7. Nike Women’s Running Shoes
    8. Under Armour Women’s Surge 2 Running Shoe

  • The Importance of Using Planners To Maintain Your Health and Wellness

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    Keeping up with how well you’re taking care of yourself, needs to be tracked and monitored. To understand the effectiveness of your mental and physical health, you need to measure the activity. Planners are the perfect way for doing that so that you can keep yourself both mentally and physically healthy.

    Help Clarify and Focus On Your Goals

    Wellness doesn’t remain the top priority when we get busy and feel like we’re fine without taking a time out. Using a planner reminds you of the reason why you started monitoring your health. Wellness planners allow you to track your rest habits, daily nutrition, and workouts as a way to maintain your health. In addition, it lets you focus on your goals so that you don’t float amid various objectives. The best part about using planners is that you can always go back and remind yourself of the essential goals and why you want to remain healthy.

    Breakdown Milestones

    Planners will help you easily break down your bigger goals and into tiny milestones making them more manageable. You will be motivated when you reach these milestones, as it will be simple for you to track the critical changes that take place in your body. The best part about using a planner is because you look at it every day you will keep your goals at the forefront of your mind, which helps you make better decisions regarding your health.

    Keep Tabs On Your Progress

    One of the fundamental reasons why people keep a wellness planner or journal is to track their progress. When you record your mental and physical health, you know whether you’re progressing or not. Seeing how far you’ve come with how many times a week you meditated, ate well, and got a good night’s rest will keep you motivated, as they are signs of progress. It allows you to check if your current routine is having the desired effect or not. You’ll know if you need to switch up things and make a new routine. When you keep track of or jot down everything in a planner, it will make your job much more comfortable.

    Plan Future Routines

    Have you ever gone to a gym without a plan? Then you are doing the wrong thing if you want to achieve some health goals. If you have a busy schedule, then most likely, you will be distracted from planning your future routine in advance. However, when you maintain a planner and jot down everything for your next training day, it will make your practice more efficient, and also you will be free to do some other activities.

    Record Important Health Factors

    Many health factors can be tracked easily by using a planner. There is plenty of information that others may mark as unnecessary, but in reality, it can significantly impact your results. You can record measures like your sleep, energy levels, what you eat, and your general mood each day. This makes planning is a single tool that helps you gather all the information which enables you to understand the needs of your body in a comprehensive way.

    Planners play a crucial role in one’s life and it’s the best route to go if you want to stay healthy, mind, body, and spirit.

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  • Health and Wellness Books I’m Looking Forward To In 2021

    Health and Wellness Books

    At the start of every year, I always look forward to new book releases, specifically health and wellness books. These are the books that will carry us through the year and beyond as they deep dive into how we can keep our minds, bodies, and spirits healthy.

    *This list is only but a few of the health and wellness books that will be coming out in the first quarter of the year. As the year progresses I will be adding even more titles to this list. Book descriptions are via Amazon.

    That Sounds Fun – Annie F. Downs

    Health and Wellness Books

    We know there are certain things we must have to survive–food, shelter, and safety to name a few. But there are also aspects of life that truly allow us to be joyful and fulfilled. For popular podcaster and bestselling author Annie F. Downs, fun is close to the top of that list. Few would argue that having fun doesn’t enrich our lives, but so much gets in the way of prioritizing it. Tough days, busyness, and feelings that are hard to talk about keep us from the fun that’s out there waiting to be found.

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    Cosmic Health – Jennifer Racioppi

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    There’s much more to astrology than weekly horoscopes, personality types, and predictions for the future. For astrologer and transformational coach Jennifer Racioppi and her clients, it is a guide to living in sync with the natural rhythms of the universe to achieve optimal health and astonishing success. Cosmic Health provides a groundbreaking cross-disciplinary approach to cultivating physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. By honoring your individuality, your role in the universe, nature, and the seasonality of life, you will be armed with the knowledge—and magic—you need to cultivate uncompromising health.

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    The Book of Light: Illuminate Your Life with Self-Love – Nia the Light

    In this inspiring, illustrated book, Nia explores a range of emotions, from pain to joy, insecurity to confidence, to help you find your own individuality and power. The journaling activities give free rein to your inner queen to document your experiences of self-love, your flaws, and life lessons. Nia shares her own path towards accepting her whole self – acne, stretch marks, and all!

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    A Rhythm of Prayer – Sarah Bessey

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    This book, curated by acclaimed author Sarah Bessey, celebrates and honors that prayerful tradition in a literary form. A companion for all who feel the immense joys and challenges of the journey of faith, this collection of prayers says it all aloud, giving readers permission to recognize the weight of all they carry. These writings also offer a broadened imagination of hope—of what can be restored and made new. Each prayer is an original piece of writing, with new essays by Sarah Bessey throughout.

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    Set Boundaries, Find Peace – Nedra Glover Tawwab

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    Licensed counselor, sought-after relationship expert, and one of the most influential therapists on Instagram Nedra Glover Tawwab demystifies this complex topic for today’s world. In a relatable and inclusive tone, Set Boundaries, Find Peace presents simple-yet-powerful ways to establish healthy boundaries in all aspects of life. Rooted in the latest research and best practices used in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), these techniques help us identify and express our needs clearly and without apology–and unravel a root problem behind codependency, power struggles, anxiety, depression, burnout, and more.

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    Your Time to Thrive: End Burnout, Increase Well-being, and Unlock Your Full Potential with the New Science of Microsteps – Marina Khidekel 

    This book is a Microstep bible. With chapters dedicated to sleep, nutrition, movement, focus and prioritization, communication and relationships, unplugging and recharging, creativity and inspiration, and purpose/meaning, Your Time to Thrive shares practical, usable, research-supported mini-habits that will yield huge benefits and empower people to truly thrive in all parts of their lives.

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    Every Body – Julia Rothman & Shaina Feinberg

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    Ever had a question about sex—whether out of curiosity, desire, or the sneaking suspicion you’re, somehow, different? Every Body will help you feel less alone. It’s a huge collection of anonymous stories, essays, artwork, and expert tell-alls on myriad subjects, all rolled into one. It’s the conversations most of us are too scared to start.

    The stories, essays, and interviews they’ve compiled touch on a wide array of topics, including first times, open relationships, body acceptance, accidental pregnancies, sex toys, pleasure, fear and trauma, sexual discovery, and more.

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    I’m So Effing Tired – Amy Shah, MD

    Does it feel like your life is too busy, your days are too short, and you’re feeling overworked, overstressed, and overtired? Chances are you’ve asked your doctor for help, only to be told that it’s because of your age, or your workload, or, worse, that it’s just “normal.”

    If so, you’re not alone. Women of all ages are suffering from an epidemic of fatigue and burnout. But exhaustion doesn’t have to be your new normal. Inspired by her personal wellness journey, integrative medical doctor Amy Shah has created this program so that you can regain your energy and reclaim your life.

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    The Gift of Self-Love: A Workbook to Help You Build Confidence, Recognize Your Worth, and Learn to Finally Love Yourself – Mary Jelkovsky 

    The Gift of Self-Love is an honest, heartfelt, and relatable book that will guide you on your journey to self-love, self-care, and body positivity. Author Mary Jelkovsky, better known on Instagram as @maryscupofteaa, shares her story of conquering her insecurities (after years of an eating disorder and intense, self-sabotaging work as a bikini fitness model) and finally learning to love herself exactly as she is. Written like a letter to a close friend, this self-improvement book provides practical advice and exercises that will help you finally give yourself the gift of self-love.

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    What Doesn’t Kill You – Tessa Miller


    Tessa Miller was an ambitious twentysomething writer in New York City when, on a random fall day, her stomach began to seize up. At first, she toughed it out through searing pain, taking sick days from work, unable to leave the bathroom or her bed. But when it became undeniable that something was seriously wrong, Miller gave in to family pressure and went to the hospital―beginning a yearslong nightmare of procedures, misdiagnoses, and life-threatening infections. Once she was finally correctly diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, Miller faced another battle: accepting that she will never get better.

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    Skin Care For Your Soul – Jude Chao


    The skincare journey. As much as we’d like it to, glowing, clear skin doesn’t happen overnight. But there is beauty in the process―not just the results. Author Jude Chao links skincare to self-care culture, giving readers a practical guide to developing their ideal skincare routine and using it to help manage stress, anxiety, and depression. The Korean skincare routine invites us to look at our skincare not only as a way to reduce lines and wrinkles or clear up breakouts but as a tool for developing our self-care habits.

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    You Don’t Owe Anyone – Caroline Garnet McGraw

    Inspired by the author’s viral essay “You Don’t Owe Anyone An Interaction,” this book invites us to make surprising choices that can help us get unstuck. Rather than offering more ways to effect change through sheer effort, these personal stories serve as a compassionate witness, a reflection of our own perfectionistic tendencies. They also are a wake-up call jolting us out of our martyr mentality and inspiring us to move in new, positive directions.

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    The Scandinavian Guide To Happiness – The Editors of Whalen Book Works


    There’s a reason Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, and The Netherlands consistently rank as the top 5 happiest countries on earth! Find out the secrets to their happiness and fulfillment in The Scandinavian Guide to Happiness, which shares centuries of Nordic wisdom. These basic principles will help you see how to have a happy life without buying anything, changing yourself, or making any other crazy drastic changes! Topics include Simplicity, Happiness, Health & Wellness, Relationships, Nature-Inspired Living, and more. Full of inspiring, encouraging ideas—and charming illustrations!—this thoughtful Scandinavian guide is sure to put a happy glow on your life.

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    Laziness Does Not Exist – Devon Price, Ph.D.

    Laziness Does Not Exist explores the psychological underpinnings of the “laziness lie,” including its origins from the Puritans and how it has continued to proliferate as digital work tools have blurred the boundaries between work and life.

    Dr. Price offers science-based reassurances that productivity does not determine a person’s worth and suggests that the solution to problems of overwork and stress lie in resisting the pressure to do more and instead learn to embrace doing enough.

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    Fitness for Every Body: Strong, Confident, and Empowered at Any Size – Meg Boggs

    In Fitness for Every Body, Meg shares her personal story and inspires you to celebrate your own body for all its capabilities. Featuring a dozen step-by-step, full-body workouts, this book is more than a workout guide or a training manual. It’s a reminder that you’re more than just your weight, that you are stronger than you believe, and that just because you might not be thin, doesn’t mean that you can’t be an athlete. Your body is capable of doing incredible things—you just have to let it.

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    Are there any health and wellness books being released this year that you’re looking forward to?

  • 10 Self-Care Tips To Help You Get Through Election Day Anxiety

    Election day anxiety is a real thing and it’s at an all-time high. Listen, I am stressed in ways I didn’t think possible and that’s saying something considering 2016. I’m trying to be calm about it but it’s really hard. And I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. People around me are on edge. Everything is at stake here and if it doesn’t go well who knows what that will mean for us.

    So how do we get through this day without driving ourselves mad? There are 10 things I plan on doing today and throughout the rest of the week if [redacted] is reelected.

    Stay Off Social Media

    As much as I love Twitter I’m shutting it down by 5pm and I suggest you do the same. As much as you may want to be on Twitter all day long keeping up to date I highly recommend that you don’t. Consuming too much that’s shared about the election, especially distressing videos won’t do anything to help your anxiety. Instead, pick a single trusted news source and sporadically keep yourself abreast that way but after a certain time turn it off completely.

    Go To Bed Early

    With daylight savings in effect and it’s pretty much pitch black at 4pm so why not just call it a night. There’s no rule that states you have to stay up until the wee hours of the morning to find out who the winner is, and with as much stress as this election is causing why would you. Watching the numbers crawl in will only make your anxiety worse, trust me I was an emotional mess in 2016, don’t do your mind and body the way I did mine – go to bed.

    Oh, and turn off your wifi so that you get no breaking news disruptions while you sleep. Which leads me to my next point…

    Meditate As Soon As You Wake Up

    The first thing I do in the morning after turning off my alarm is scrolling through Twitter to find out if the world is ending and it’s worth getting out of bed. Instead, on Wednesday morning I will meditate silently before I turn my wifi or television on. I want to lay in silence and enjoy the peace that my home brings me before I jump into the chaos of whatever the election results bring me. You should do the same. If you’ve never meditated before Headspace has you covered with some meditation basics. I assure you it’s not hard and you’ve done it many times before you just didn’t realize it.

    Now that I’m thinking about it you might want to set your phone so that your text messages don’t appear displayed on your front screen. Don’t allow yourself to see anything before you’re mentally prepared.

    Binge-Watch A Show Instead of Watching The Election Results

    Instead of watching those numbers come in choose a show on your watch list (I know you have one) and watch it. A series can have between 8-10 episodes. That’s more than enough to keep all of us busy starting around 4 or 5pm or pick 4 movies to watch, whatever floats your boat. Don’t have anything on you list? Popcorn and Tequila has a great list of shows to watch when you need a break. But the goal is to watch anything but those incoming poll numbers.

    Don’t Go Outside On Election Day (But If You Have To Stay Local)

    I have to get some food tomorrow cause I forgot over the weekend but I’m going to stay super close. I don’t like the market around the corner from me cause it’s ridiculously high, but they’re going to get my money because I will not go any farther than that. Cause let me tell you something, the actions of those deplorable [redacted] supporters over the weekend showed me that people are unstable and they will attack you without provocation.

    Don’t think because I live in New York City that I’m immune, no. There are communities here in all five boroughs that I wouldn’t deem safe as a Biden/Harris supporter or as a Black woman. That said, no matter where you are in the country if you have to go out be brief about it and get enough food to last you a few days.

    As a matter of fact, if [redacted] gets reelected again (Lord please don’t let these people be that stupid twice) I would even refrain from going outside the rest of the week unless you plan to protest. In which case, please be safe.

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    Clean Your Space

    When your space is a disaster your whole emotional well-being will be a disaster too. Turn on some music and use this time to give your place the deep clean it’s been begging you for. It’s colder now use this time to pull out your winter clothes and pack up your summer stuff. Donate anything you no longer want or anything that doesn’t fit. Rid your bathroom of products you purchased but you know you’re never going to use. Vacuum, clean windows, and dust your furniture. Leave no stone unturned.

    Download Music To A Playlist

    Speaking of music, make a playlist, and listen to it. The great thing about making playlists is that you can make them for whatever mood you’re in. According to Get Healthy Stay Healthy, listening to music has many benefits such as, improves mood, reduces stress, eases pain, and provides comfort among other things. As an alternative, there are a number of great health and wellness podcasts that you can give a listen to.

    Ask A Family Member Or Friend To Check On You

    Having someone to check on you is always a great thing. This can be in the form of asking about your well-being and/or someone telling you what the results were. I have a group chat that I live in. It’s my safe space that’s free from the outside world. Make a pact with your group chat members that you’ll keep the chat free of the results until a certain time and have one person share the results. This way you can have the support of those in it helping you get through it should the results not be in our favor.

    If He Wins Again Give Yourself Time To Heal

    This is so important. If this fucker wins again allow yourself time to grieve. There is no time limit on how long you have to be saddened by the news. Allow yourself to feel and go through all the emotions you’re feeling. You’re entitled to feel that way and no one has the right to tell you how long that process should take as the healing process is for you, and only YOU. You’ll emerge from your healing process when you’re good and goddamned ready.

    Call Your Therapist

    If he wins and your emotions are a wreck then I would absolutely recommend calling your therapist. Election day anxiety coupled with a (dreaded) reelection win would be enough for anyone to make an emergency appointment. Talking to a therapist is great because you are able to express things you can’t to your friends and family, especially if you’re the only one feeling the way you do. There is nothing wrong with allowing a professional to help you get through whatever hell we’re going to face.

    Now if he loses, pop champagne – and STILL call your therapist. Why? Because this election tore families apart and you may not be speaking to loved ones and you still have to work through not having those relationships in your life.

     In what ways are you planning on getting through your election day anxiety?