I did it!!
It was the most beautiful day for a 10 mile run, and I finished the race in 1 hour and 50 minutes. Once upon a time, I never thought I could run for 10 minutes, let alone for almost 2 hours. It all begins by putting one foot in front of the other, and I have to say that I am pretty proud of myself.
What blows me away the most is how much food I can consume after running 10 miles. For someone who already has a healthy appetite (I eat just about every two hours, like clockwork), it seems impossible to be even hungrier than usual.
If you have recently started exercising you may notice you feel hungrier too, which might make you feel like you are fighting an uphill battle. You’re exercising to lose weight, but now your cravings feel stronger than ever…..what to do, what to do?
Tomorrow is the big day!!
No, I’m not getting married, but I have made the commitment to running in my first ever endurance race, the RailRunner 10 Miler. Benefits go towards the Chrysalis House, which is Kentucky’s oldest and largest licensed substance abuse treatment program for women. During my internship with UK Cooperative Extension, I had the opportunity to work with this program, which you can learn more about right here.
As a kid, I was never into sports. I was content reading a book or using my imagination for a creative project. I became more interested in health and wellness, however, and running was my activity of choice for a couple of reasons. First, it didn’t require a ton of fancy gear that cost my entire month’s pay. Second, it was an activity that I could figure out on my own, out of sight of uncomfortable stares.
It can take a while to build up confidence and self-esteem related to exercising, no matter which activity you choose to learn. However, since I made this commitment it has been amazing to experience the support of the running community. Everyone is encouraging of your effort, and they are quick to cheer you on in passing.
Exercise is important, we hear it all the time, but it is especially important for women’s health. A mix of aerobic and strength training exercises helps reduce the risk for chronic disease, such as heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and certain types of cancer. Exercise also gives you more energy, relieves stress, and helps you sleep better at night. Not to mention, strengthening your muscles actually helps you burn more calories and helps you control your weight, which is probably why most people begin an exercise program.
Examples of types of exercise include:
All it takes to prevent chronic disease is 30 minutes a day on most days of the week. But, before beginning an exercise regimen be sure to contact your healthcare provider, especially if you are:
Running isn’t for everyone, I understand, but there are tons of other ways to add some movement to your lifestyle. The greatest part about beginning an exercise routine in this day and age is the Internet. You can find SO MANY exercise videos for FREE that don’t even require gear……other than your self-motivation!!
Here's your challenge... get on YouTube and find a video that suits your preferences. If you have more questions and concerns about exercise, consult this FAQs page, provided by Women's Health Care Physicians. Also, before beginning a new workout regimen be sure to consult your physician!! Stay safe.
Let's get moving ladies!!