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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Hairstyles for Runners

As a runner, I know how hard it is to find hair styles that work for working out. When I am running, I hate the feeling of my ponytail swooping…

As a runner, I know how hard it is to find hair styles that work for working out. When I am running, I hate the feeling of my ponytail swooping back and forth, I hate it when braids hit my back, and I cannot stand hair in my face! There are only a few hair styles I approve of when going on a run for those reasons. Here are my favs!

  1. Low pony: This is the easiest style of them all. Low ponies are better than high because they don’t swoosh around when you’re running. They’re quick to do, and to keep the flyaway hairs out of your face add in a headband.fullsizerender-61
  2. French braid: This one is my go-to running style. I love it because, like a low ponytail, it doesn’t swoosh around when you run, and the braid keeps the hair off of your forehead. Plus it is super cute!
  3. Mini Ponies: This last style is the most complicated, but that being said it is still very easy to do. It is great for ladies with long hair or lots of layers. Grab the section of hair at the top of your head into ponytail. Tie it with an elastic. Gather another section further down and secure it into an elastic, including the top section. Keep this going until you secure the final ponytail with a more durable band.

Having my hair secured while I run is essential for me to have a successful workout. Without having to worry about my hair falling out or getting in my face I am free to run as I please!

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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Christian Running Music

I would not consider myself a runner, but every once in a while I like to mix a good run into my workout routine. Whether you run one mile or…

I would not consider myself a runner, but every once in a while I like to mix a good run into my workout routine. Whether you run one mile or 25 miles a week, having a good running playlist is vital to keep those feet moving and those arms pumping. Lots of times, the good workout songs with great beats sometimes have really nasty lyrics, and who wants to fill their head with garbage while they are working up a sweat? Lift your spirits and feel encouraged by your music while working out by adding these Christian songs to your running playlist.

  1. Go Hard by Lecrae
  2. Jesus Freak by DC Talkhqdefault
  3. Wake by Hillsong
  4. My Lighthouse by Rend Collective
  5. Move by Toby Mac
  6. Messengers by Lecrae
  7. It’s On by Superchick
  8. Greater by MercyMe
  9. Praise Like Fireworks – Rend Collective
  10. Ain’t No Grave – David Crowder (cool down)

Now snatch up your headphones and hit the trail!

XOXO, Chels

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Running on the Beach 101

Are you going on a beach vacay this summer, or do you live by the beach? Running on the beach is a really awesome total body workout because the sand…

Are you going on a beach vacay this summer, or do you live by the beach? Running on the beach is a really awesome total body workout because the sand provides resistance that sculpts and tones your body. An added bonus, the ocean is just a few feet away for a post-run cool down! Here are a few beach-running tips.

  1. Pick your time wisely: Humidity and heat encompass warm weather areas, so it is best to run either early in the morning or in the evening around sunset. The sun will be less intense and it there will be cooler temps.Beach Run
  2. Know the tide: Low tide is early in the morning or in the evening, which means the sand will be harder and more even under your feet. This is easier on your joints and is better on your body. But, if you run in the middle of the day when the sand is more mushy it can be a good booty workout!
  3. Footwear: Running barefoot in the sand strengthens your feet and ankles. But, to keep your feet safe from sharp objects and shells it may be wise to wear shoes.

Start slow, take it easy, and work your way up to longer runs, just like you would with any other form of exercise. I cannot think of a more enjoyable way to exercise than a run on the beach!

XOXO, Chels

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Running Myths

Running is an incredible exercise, but many people claim it has its unwelcomed consequences.  From a body break-down to re-shaping your body in a negative way, many of these myths…

Running is an incredible exercise, but many people claim it has its unwelcomed consequences.  From a body break-down to re-shaping your body in a negative way, many of these myths keep people from soaking in all the amazing benefits running has to offer!  Let’s break down these myths once and for all and throw our tennis shoes on!Chelsea Crockett- run

  1. “Running will make you bulky.” Running is an extremely slimming exercise that burns body fat.  If you place a lot of pressure on your quads and do uphill running, then you risk the potential of having bigger thighs (the healthy way). 
  2. “I will start chaffing between my legs.” While this is very true for most people, it is an easy fix.  Try wearing leggings or spandex under running shorts to keep this from happening.      
  3. “You have to run every day to get better.” Running every day can be harsh on the body, especially if you are a newbie.  Switching up your routine (elliptical, bike, etc.) will improve your running as well!
  4. “Running is bad for your body and joints.” The only thing that comes from running is a healthy body.  Never push your body too far. 
  5. “Running is hard.” Running is one of the best stress relievers there is by releasing an abundance of endorphins to the brain.  You don’t have to be a long-distance or power runner to gain the benefits.  Going for a jog is very relaxing!

Who’s ready to go for a run with me?!

            Chelsea   

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Best Hairstyles for Runners

As a runner, I know how hard it is to find hair styles that work for working out. When I am running, I hate the feeling of my ponytail swooping…

As a runner, I know how hard it is to find hair styles that work for working out. When I am running, I hate the feeling of my ponytail swooping back and forth, I hate it when braids hit my back, and I cannot stand hair in my face! There are only a few hair styles I approve of when going on a run for those reasons. Here are my favs!

  1. Low pony: This is the easiest style of them all. Low ponies are better than high because they don’t swoosh around when you’re running. They’re quick to do, and to keep the flyaway hairs out of your face add in a headband.hair
  2. French braid: This one is my go-to running style. I love it because, like a low ponytail, it doesn’t swoosh around when you run, and the braid keeps the hair off of your neck and off of your forehead. Plus it is super cute!
  3. Mini Ponies: This last style is the most complicated, but that being said it is still very easy to do. It is great for ladies with long hair or lots of layers. Grab the section of hair at the top of your head into ponytail. Tie it with an elastic. Gather another section further down and secure it into an elastic, including the top section. Keep this going until you secure the final ponytail with a more durable band.

Having my hair secured while I run is essential for me to have a successful workout. Without having to worry about my hair falling out or getting in my face I am free to run as I please!

XOXO, Chels

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Pros & Cons of Running

Running is an amazing exercise. Of course, I’m not always pumped to go on a run, but when I do, I feel refreshed and in shape! Some of my friends…

Running is an amazing exercise. Of course, I’m not always pumped to go on a run, but when I do, I feel refreshed and in shape! Some of my friends are very passionate runners and run miles on miles every single day. But then again, some doctors and adults think running can have more negative effects than positive on your body. I did some research, and here’s what I came up with.Chelsea Crockett - Benefits of Running

Let’s start with the cons. Running is an exercise that opens up a higher possibility to injury. It’s hard on your joints and can hurt your knees, shins, feet, etc. Running is obviously a more stressful, intense form of cardio exercise. If you run on a daily basis, you have to know what you’re doing. Keeping hydrated and listening to your body are two of the most important running pointers! If you overdo it, your muscles and joints could have some long-term damage.

Now onto the pros. One of my favorite things about running is feeling like I accomplished something after I finish. Exercising in general gives off endorphins that make you happy. Running also builds muscles and improves your stamina, which is always good when it comes to exercise. Stress levels decrease and you get a feeling of accomplishment. It’s an individual sport, so you set your goals and only you can accomplish them!

You decide for yourself. Do the pros outweigh the cons? In my opinion, running is an awesome exercise :)!

-Chelsea

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Longer Workouts vs. Shorter Workouts

Ah the epic battle of working out. When life gets busy, it’s easy to put working out at the bottom of the list. Many people think that if they don’t…

Ah the epic battle of working out. When life gets busy, it’s easy to put working out at the bottom of the list. Many people think that if they don’t have a solid hour to set aside for a good workout, then it’s completely pointless. FALSE! While long workouts are certainly beneficial, they are not always necessary. Sometimes, you can get a greater fat burn in a quick 30 minute workout! “How” you may ask? Keep on reading…..Chelsea Crockett- HIIT

While doing the same workout over and over may be healthy for you, eventually, you will stop seeing results. If you want a toned body, you’ve got to try new workouts and change up your routine. Long workouts are great, especially for cardio. For the greatest results, boost your heart rate up by walking for 3 minutes and running for 5. That 3 minutes will give you a nice little rest, while the 5 minute run will force your heart rate to go up faster than a standard jog… burning more calories. For on-the-go days, a quick work out can give you the same results. The only catch? You’ve got to give it your all! Look up HIIT circuits (high intensity interval training). This is a mix between body weight training and cardio. On these days you can choose between arms, legs, abs, or a full body workout. If done properly, you can burn a crazy amount of calories! You also get the benefit of after-burn (burning calories once you’re done working out).     

All in all, it’s important to incorporate both into your weekly workouts. Keep your body on top of its game by switching things up!    

XOXO,

            Chelsea

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How to Improve Your Endurance

I am always looking for ways to improve my endurance, which is low long/far your body can go without tiring. When you are running, having good endurance is vital because…

I am always looking for ways to improve my endurance, which is low long/far your body can go without tiring. When you are running, having good endurance is vital because it keeps you going for longer distances and allows you to stop less. Here are a few ways to help you improve your endurance so you can become the best runner you can be!

  1. Run outside: When you are running on the treadmill and you get tired it is easy to just stop and hop off. When you are running outside, you have to make it home somehow. If you walk, it takes you twice as long to get home, so you are motivated to keep running in order to make it home faster!running-feet
  2. Run with a goal in mind: When you run, have a specific distance in mind. When I am running I keep track of my distance so I can see how close I am to my goal. It is such an awesome feeling when I am close to the end of my run and I can see the end in sight.
  3. Run with a bud: Having a running buddy is always a good idea! They motivate you to actually get out and run, and they also help you improve your running time by pushing you to run faster!

Now, get up, go run, and improve your time!

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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How to Make Running Easier

If you follow me on any social media whatsoever, you know that I love to run. Actually, I love to exercise in general! But running is my absolute fav. I…

If you follow me on any social media whatsoever, you know that I love to run. Actually, I love to exercise in general! But running is my absolute fav. I love how I can put in my headphones and just have some “me” time while pounding the pavement. For some people, running can be a method of torture. When your gym teacher tells you that you will have to run the mile soon, you die a little inside. Have no fear! There are a few easy ways to make running easier and maybe even enjoyable!images (18)

Make it fun: If you aren’t having fun, then you are totally going to have zero motivation to do it. Bring your best
friend or your dog along! Explore new running routes. Wear cute workout clothes! That one always motivates me ;). Listen to your favorite book on tape or songs while you run.

Slow it down: There is no reason that you have to start off your running routine with a 7 minute mile or 500 meter dash! Take it slow and steady. You should feel like you’re breathing faster than you would if you were just walking, but not huffing and puffing so badly that your lungs are burning. Let your pace feel natural!

Make time for it: in order for your body to get used to running and other cardio activities, you have to be consistent. Try to stick to a weekly running schedule! This will keep you on track and make sure that you are training your body the way it needs to be trained.

Running isn’t so bad once you get used to it! Try these tips and tell me how it goes.

XOXO, Chels

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Beginner Tips for Runners

Hey everyone! Running is a perfect exercise to get fit and stay fit.  Most teens like to stay active, feel healthy, and be in shape.  Most sports, whether it be…

Hey everyone!

Running is a perfect exercise to get fit and stay fit.  Most teens like to stay active, feel healthy, and be in shape.  Most sports, whether it be basketball, soccer, etc., require some running in order to be a good player.  Other sports, such as cross country, track, etc., require almost only running.  Here are some helpful tips that you can use when training for your season or for simply getting into shape!Chelsea Crockett - Running Article

First off, being hydrated is a necessity for almost everything.  Whenever you go for a run, make sure you have water by your side.  Especially after your run, be sure to drink lots of water to replenish any nutrients you may’ve used up during your exercise.  H2O should start to become your “best friend” while trainingJ.

Second, purchase a pair of good running shoes.  Having good arch support and cushion in your shoes is much needed for any runner.  You can make sure you purchase the right pair of shoes by getting fitted at a local running/sports store.

Lastly, always have a buddy to run with.  You and your friend should run where there are lots of people so you’re never alone.  You want to avoid high traffic areas.  Safety should be your #1 concern when it comes to running!  Before and after your run, be sure to stretch out your muscles to keep from getting any injuries.  Oh yeah….I almost forgot…to help your run go quickly, put on your headphones and listen to your favorite music!  Before you know it, your workout is over!

Good luck!

-Chels

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Vacation Workout!

Ah vacation!  It’s the perfect time to relax, eat large amounts of food, lie in the sun for hours, and become the definition of a “beach bum”.  Even though you’re…

Ah vacation!  It’s the perfect time to relax, eat large amounts of food, lie in the sun for hours, and become the definition of a “beach bum”.  Even though you’re taking a break from real life, this doesn’t mean you should take a break from your mind and body.  Of course, this is all part of the fun, but it’s important to get up and moving during your vacation!  Check out a few simple ways to exercise while on vacation!Chelsea Crockett- hiking

  • Jog or walk the beach in the morning! The beautiful scenery will keep you wanting more, while each step in the sand works your calf muscles. Plus, if you get sweaty just jump into the water!
  • If you’re near the mountains, go for a hike or a long bike ride!
  • Try picking up a new sport like surfing, paddle boarding, or kayaking.
  • Who said you shouldn’t exercise your mind on vacation?! Try putting your phone away and reading a book or playing a game of Sudoku.
  • Find the nearest water park or amusement park! You won’t even realize how much you’re walking!
  • Hit your hotel or resort gym. Try out all of their fancy workout equipment!

Next time you take a vacation, challenge yourself to be as active as possible.  You’ll come back from vacation feeling refreshed!

Love,

Chelsea

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Make Working Out Easier!

Hi Insiders, Working out can be a drag.  It’s not typically someone’s favorite thing to do.  Some don’t realize this, but getting yourself to the gym is actually the biggest…

Hi Insiders,

Working out can be a drag.  It’s not typically someone’s favorite thing to do.  Some don’t realize this, but getting yourself to the gym is actually the biggest struggle!  Once there, you’ll be pushed to get on that treadmill and GO!  Here are a few simple tips to make your trip to the gym a lot easier.

  1. Bring a buddy!  Having someone to workout with is actually a huge motivator.  You may not even realize that you’re pushing each other to do better.  Plus, you’ll have someone to talk to.  You won’t even realize it, the time will fly by!
  2. Be sure to prep your body.  Drink plenty of water and stretch.  It’ll make your workout easier since you’ll be loose and hydrated.Chelsea Crockett- gym
  3. Make a killer playlist!  Music makes any workout 10x easier.  It drowns out the sound of yourself breathing, which can actually make you more tired.
  4. Don’t overwork your body.  If you haven’t worked out in a while, don’t try to be too ambitious.
  5. Change it up!  Running on a treadmill every workout can get extremely tedious.  Try doing other cardio workouts and have a different day for arms, legs, and abs.
  6. Reward yourself!  Set a goal each month and once that goal is reached go out to dinner or buy yourself a new outfit.  Little gestures like these will keep you going!

Get Active!

-Chelsea

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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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