Chelsea Crockett

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8 Reasons to Start Running

Lately I have started to work out at a crossfit gym to keep in shape and stay slim. I love crossfit because it pushes my muscles and my mind, but…

Lately I have started to work out at a crossfit gym to keep in shape and stay slim. I love crossfit because it pushes my muscles and my mind, but I have to admit that my first love is running. I love being able to put my headphones in, lace up my shoes, and drown the world out for a while. Running is a great way to get/stay in shape and improve your health. Here are 8 reasons why you should start running regularly (even if it is not your favorite).

  1. Running is simple: It doesn’t require a lot of equipment, it is easy to get into, there is no gym required, and everyone knows how to do it!
  2. You can do it anywhere: It is such an accessible sport. You can run in the park, on the trail, on the treadmill, in your neighborhood, anywhere! I recommend that if you are running in a rural area that you take someone with you for safety reasons.
  3. You can do it any time: In the morning, in the evening, during your breaks from class, if you are on vacation, you can do it any time! If there is bad weather, you can even run indoors.
  4. Helps you lose weight: Running not only helps you lose weight, it helps you keep the weight off for good.
  5. Reduces stress: If you are feeling stressed, running helps you boost the endorphins, or feel-good neurotransmitters, in your brain.
  6. Strengthens your immune system: Running helps protect your body from illness by strengthening your immune defenses.
  7. Makes you glow: Sweating is one of the body’s best ways of cooling down and helps you release toxins from your pores and skin. The more miles you rack up, the more toxins you get rid of, and the clearer your skin will be.
  8. Gets you to eat healthier: Athletes know that you are only as good as your diet choices. To make the most of your workout, you need to eat right. Running forces you to really stop and think about what you are putting in your body.

Running too much can be bad for your body and can wear you out, so make sure you are listening to your body and not overdoing it.

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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How To Burn More Fat When You Run

Sometimes I feel like no matter how much I run, my stubborn fat just won’t go away! I recently started discovering a love for running and I am so excited…

Sometimes I feel like no matter how much I run, my stubborn fat just won’t go away! I recently started discovering a love for running and I am so excited to its impact on my health, but sometimes I feel like I’m not seeing results. If you cut out foods that are high in fat and incorporate these tips into your next run, you can kiss that belly fat goodbye!download

  1. Mix up your pace: Interval workouts are a surefire way to boost your metabolism. Instead of running at one set pace for your whole workout, alternate between running at a fast pace for about a minute and then running at a slow pace for 2 and a half minutes.
  2. Turn up the time: Just doing crunches wont trim your waist. You have to put the work and the time in! Every 5 minutes of running at a ten-minute mile pace burns about 45 calories, so think about that during your next run and it will motivate you to go just a bit longer!
  3. Kick up your knees: One way to strengthen your core is to do one minute intervals where you run with high knees. Concentrate on using your abs rather than your leg muscles and get those knees as high as you can!

I cannot wait to use these tips on my next run! I am so ready to kick belly fat to the curb.

XOXO, Chels

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What You Need to Know About Running Outside

Running outside is something I really enjoy. The scenery, the crazy amount of calories you can burn, and a super toned lower body are a few great results of running…

Running outside is something I really enjoy. The scenery, the crazy amount of calories you can burn, and a super toned lower body are a few great results of running outside. But, you have to be safe and be aware of the injuries that you could cause when not prepared. Here is how to play it safe and get the most out of your outdoor runs.

  1. Pick a popular route: If you are just starting out, ask friends for their favorite routes, or research popular running trails in your area. You definitely don’t want to get lost! Also, by picking a popular trail, you won’t be alone and there is safety in numbers. I recommend grabbing a friend to run with, just to play it safe.df8f28845831b2802677c1d74f52317b
  2. Start soft and slow: Running on a treadmill is not good for your joints or your muscles, so if you are used to running on a treadmill and you start running outside, it will probably take some time to adjust. Also, if you are a beginner runner in general, start with short distances and slowly work your way up. It is better for your joints to start off slow. Also, surfaces like a running track, grass, or a bike trail are easier on your joints.
  3. Its more complicated than just running: Your running regime shouldn’t just be hitting the trail and then being done. Stretch first, then when you start running start off slow to warm your muscles up, then towards the end of the run slow down to start and cool your muscles off. Then stretch again. This is essential in preventing injuries!

Running outside is way different than running and working about inside, so you have to approach it totally differently. I never thought I would like running, but I gave it a try and now it is a great way to relieve stress and stay healthy!

XOXO, Chels

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Running Food 101

Running is one of the best stress relievers, AND it is awesome cardio! In order to get the most out of your run and be successful, you need to give…

Running is one of the best stress relievers, AND it is awesome cardio! In order to get the most out of your run and be successful, you need to give your body the right fuel. Here are a few fueling tips to help you optimize your runs and fuel your body the right way.

  1. Before your run: Before your run you need to eat foods that are filled with natural sugars that are easy to burn for energy. Bananas are one of these foods! Plus they are a great source of potassium AND are delicious.running 1
  2. During your run: If you are doing a long distance run, it is important to continually fuel your body so you do not run out of energy. Starbursts are great for this! They are easy to chew while running and pack a sugar punch.
  3. After your run: Eat some oats! Oats are rich in carbs and also packed with protein and fiber. Grab a bowl of oatmeal with almond milk and fruit for the perfect recovery snack!

Happy fueling!

XOXO, Chels

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Tips for Running in the Winter

Are you a cardio lover? I love to run. It clears the mind and pumps the heart. In the winter months it is more difficult to run and finding motivation…

Are you a cardio lover? I love to run. It clears the mind and pumps the heart. In the winter months it is more difficult to run and finding motivation to go out in the chilly air can be tough. I try not to let the cold slow me down and scare me away from running my heart out! Here are some tips on how to run in the cold weather.

Set a goal: Having a specific goal is the best motivation to keep going! A few of my friends are training for half marathons and courir-en-hiverthey have a schedule that they stick to each week and they say that it really keeps them motivated and accountable!

Dress it up: Cute running clothes always motivate me to get up and get outside to run. When you look your best you FEEL your best! Dress for weather about 15 to 20 degrees warmer than it actually is to allow your body heat to adjust. Wear layers that block the wind. Tight pants or leggings, loose fleece, ear warmers, gloves, these are all things you gotta wear!

Run with a bud: Running buddies are another great way to stay motivated to run when the weather is not ideal. Running with a friend is fun! Plus they push you to do better and go further.

Run When its warmer: Run at the times of day that are the warmest. Get that Vitamin D in and let the sunshine warm your face!

I hope that these tips have shown you that running in the winter doesn’t have to be miserable!

XOXO, Chels

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3 Ways to Run like a Pro

Running gives me such a release. It relieves my tension, my stress, and it sends my endorphins through the roof. I love learning tips and tricks on how to improve…

Running gives me such a release. It relieves my tension, my stress, and it sends my endorphins through the roof. I love learning tips and tricks on how to improve my form and my running techniques. Here are 3 ways to run like a pro!

 

  1. Learn proper form: It may not seem like a big deal, but having good form is uber important! If you run consistently with improper form, it can take a toll on your body and over time it can injure you. When you are running, keep your head stacked over your spine, relax your shoulders, and tighten that core.running-cheaper-than-therapy-square
  2. Fuel your body: running on an empty stomach is no bueno! You need the right amount of fuel, not too much that you cramp while you run, but not too little that you are running on empty. Eat a small protein packed snack about an hour before you run.
  3. Be consistent: When you don’t run for a while, you have to build back your endurance. If you want to stay fit, then you need to make sure that you are being consistent with your running. It is hard to get back in the saddle when you sit out for a while!

 

Lace up your shoes and hit the trails, ladies!

XOXO, Chels

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