Perfectly Posh Product Review

It seems like these days everyone is selling something.  From jamberry nail wraps, to LuLaRoe leggings without fail someone always seems to be finding something new to shove down your throat.  I try to be supportive of my friends who sell things like this, but honestly, I just find most of these items useless and I never want to fork out the cash that those products cost.

poshBut when someone approached me about the skin care line Perfectly Posh saying they were having an online selling party for the products, I was actually interested.  As you guys know, I love trying out different skin care products to review on this blog.  I’m always looking for good, inexpensive but quality products to use on myself!

Perfectly Posh is a U.S. based company that makes natural skin care products.   The company doesn’t use any fillers or “controversial ingredients” in their products.  This includes substances such as palm oil, which is derived in a sustainable method for all Posh Products.  Perfectly posh does no animal testing and a good majority of their products are vegan.

That was what really drew me to Perfectly Posh.  It seemed a lot like Lush but honestly was a little bit more affordable for my budget.  So I went ahead and grabbed a few products for myself to give them a try.  That’s why today I want to tell you about the products I tried and what I thought of them!


All Fall Down: Big Fat Yummy Hand Crème  

all fall downI actually got this as a free gift from the online party I was a part of, but as far as free gifts go, I really have enjoyed this hand Cream.  It’s made with apricot kernel oil, coconut oil, vitamin E, and aloe and smells like a pear and cranberry mix.  It smells very fall, and we all know that I love fall!  The smell does linger for awhile, so I definitely see that as a pro.

It comes in a 3 fl. oz. container, which seems small, but it’s just a hand cream so a little lasts for a long time.  It is a good moisturizer.  I haven’t used it on my hands in the really bad dry hands weather, so I can’t say how durable it is compared to other moisturizer I use when my hands are literally bleeding in winter, but for a spring time moisturizer, I do like it.

Personally, I’m not a fan of the name “Big Fat Yummy Hand Crème” it seems a bit excessive to me and not very appealing, but that aside, I do think they are good products.

The All Fall Down was a seasonal scent so it isn’t available online anymore, but there are plenty of other Hand Cremes that are available that would run you for $6.


Enchant Tress: Protective Hair Serum

enchantressI haven’t decided if I really like this product or not, it’s a hair serum that is supposed to protect your hair from heat treatment, like hair drying, and calm frizz.  Of course, it’s an oil based product being made from Kukui (my all time favorite) oil, jojoba oil, and argan oil to polish and tame hair.  You can use it on wet or dry hair to maintain frizz.

The thing I don’t like about it is the fact it is so heavily oiled.  Which, I should not have been surprised about, but has me wondering if it’s the right product for my hair type.  It just makes my hair look excessively greasy instead of polished and tamed.   Now, this might just be a coincidence of my hair type (which honestly I wouldn’t be able to tell you what type that is) since it makes my waves look oily.

Now with that being said, the product does tame frizz a little and I’m sure it’s protecting my hair from blow drying, which I do a lot.  So it works; it just doesn’t look great with my hair.

However, it smells AMAZING! I adore the tropical smell and I don’t think I will ever get tired of it!

The bottle is relatively small, about 1.95 oz. which had me really worried with my hair length (I have at least 24 inches worth of hair), but I was surprised at how little it took to cover my entire head.  That bottle will run you $19.00.


Cackle Spackle: Detoxifying Face Mask

cackle spackleCackle Spackle is a face mask that contains charcoal powder, volcanic ash, kaolin clay, and spearmint. It’s said to “detox” you, but the work detox is kind of a misleading term.  It doesn’t pull any toxins out of your body.  What it does do is deep-cleans your face and pulls out the dirt and grime from your pores, leaving you with a fresh, clean face. The spearmint and eucalyptus also helps to tone your skin.

I really like this face mask.  I’m not sure it if it really is any better than any other mask I’ve used from Lush, but it’s definitely better than some mud masks I’ve picked up at Ulta.  This doesn’t cause my skin to break out at all and it leaves my face feeling very fresh and clean.

The spearmint can cause the skin to tingle and slightly “burn” especially on dry skin areas, so I wouldn’t suggest this if you have chronic dry skin.  However, if you have normal to oily skin, this should work just fine for you.

I use it about once a week and really enjoy it.  A small amount of it covers the face well.  The smell is great.  At first I worried that the black charcoal color would stain my skin and my washcloth but the product washes easily off the face and just using water and a little soap I am able to completely clean my washcloth.  No stains.

A 2 oz. container of this face mask will run you $19.


Call it a Night: Nighttime Facial Oil

call it a nightThis is nighttime oil that is said to help you fall asleep and wake with soft skin.  This oil uses safflower seed oil, jojoba oil, rosemary oil, lime oil, lavender and evening primrose along with vanilla, olive, pomegranate, and green tea extracts to help you fall asleep and moisturize your skin while you sleep.

I bought this because I was looking to replace my kukui nut oil, which was running low and I was willing to try something new.  I was a little nervous when I first tried this because it smelled very strongly of lavender.  (Not that I don’t adore the smell of lavender, just sometimes my face completely breaks out from using fragranced items).  However, I did not break out from using it.

I can’t say I’ve noticed a big difference in my skin with using this oil.  I honestly haven’t been using it religiously every single night, but I haven’t had a lot of dry skin outbreaks since using it, but I also haven’t really noticed that my skin looks more “well rested” at all.  I do think the lavender scent helps me to fall asleep at night, which is great considering I am such an insomniac.

This 1 oz bottle of oil will cost you $18.00


Moisturize 911: Caffeinated Face Crème

moisturize 911I only used a small sample size of this moisturizing face crème, and I tried it after the party was over, but I instantly regretted not purchasing it.  But no worries, it’s on my wish list for my next Posh order.

I’m really picky about what moisturizer I put on my face because even the products that seem like they are going to be great cause me to break out.  I’ve gone through my fair share of Lush products that cause me to break out.  So when I got a sample of this product, I was a little cautious about trying it.  But after having a spell of dry skin on my cheeks, I figured why not give it a try out.  Instantly I fell in love.  I didn’t break out from it and it really helped my dry skin!

This product uses natural glycerin and caffeine to help tighten and brighten your skin. It also uses aloe vera and vitamin C and E to help moisturize the skin!  It has a very citrusy smell, probably from the orange oil used in it!

Again, I absolutely adore this product so far and hope I won’t be disappointed when I buy the full 4 oz package which will cost me $19.


Now these are just a couple of the Perfectly Posh products that I tried.  There are so many more out there to fit whatever need you may have!  And the products change seasonally so there’s always something new to try!

Be warned there is a flat shipping rate of $5.99 which, trust me, I realize is pricey.  So you might not want to just buy one thing at a time.  Also you technically need to purchase all products through a consultant, but if you don’t know anyone, the website can let you look up a consultant near you, or any random consultant.  (They really aren’t NEEDED for the purchase since everything is online so you don’t even have to really interact with your consultant if you don’t want to).

All the products I have so far tried are vegan, which I love.  And I like knowing I am getting natural products that work!

Have you ever tried Perfectly Posh?  Let me know what you tried and if you loved it in the comments below!

Until next time,

Kat

 

*All photos from this post are taken from the Perfectly Posh Website.  Check out their website for more information and to order!

Tips for healthy flying

planeTraveling can be a lot of fun.  You get to go to a new place, or see people you haven’t seen in awhile, or you just get to have that sense of adventure that we all love.  But when it comes to flying, things can be a little bit of a pain.  Flying brings about long flights surrounded by strangers who may be completely normal or may not be.  And not to even mention the long layovers and restless nights that come along as well.  Basically, in some cases flying can be a great and easy way to get around, but it can also be a big hassle.

But are there ways to make flying a little easier on yourself and your body?  Are there ways to make traveling by plane a little healthier for you?  As a frequent flyer, I have come up with a couple of tips that might help you out.


Drink plenty of water

In my book, this is the number 1 rule of flying.  STAY HYDRATED WHILE IN THE AIR.  As a general rule, you should drink a glass of water for every half hour you are in the air in order to say hydrated.  Of course, the air line will not accommodate for this, there’s waterliterally no way for them to keep up with it, so it is really important for you to bring your own water bottle onto the flight and keep drinking.  Even if you’re asleep for the flight, each time you wake up, take a chug of water.

When you fail to stay hydrated in the air, you end up really feeling it once you’re out of flight.  You feel tired and sick and all around kind of gross.  This is definitely no way to spend a vacation, or the time after a vacation, and it’s completely avoidable.  So drink up.


Try to schedule short layovers

The best thing to do when you’re traveling is to spend as little time as possible in the airport.  That limits your chances of being around people who might be sick.  This also limits you from having to find ways to spend your time including needing to buy food, entertainment, and of course expensive coffee drinks.

The best thing to do is to schedule yourself a quick layover if possible.  You want to give yourself enough time to get from one gate to another, or another terminal if you suspect it will be needed, but you don’t need to have multiple hours in the area.  Of course, sometimes you can’t plan your layover this way and end up with 3-6 or even longer layovers.  This is when you have to find a little corner of the airport, hunker down with a book or with Netflix and binge watch some TV until your next flight.


Pack your own, healthy, snacks

If you do have a long layover, the temptation to get food in the airport is high.  Not only can that end up being expensive for your wallet, but it can also be high in caloric value.  That muffin and frappaccino you grab at Starbucks might be upcharged and definitely is more calories than you need.

Instead, pack your own snacks in your carry on.  It’s easy to get granola bars and snacks through security.  You can even pack peanut butter sandwiches if you want!  That way, you save your money and know exactly what you’re putting into your body!


Pack some extra vitamin C

Along with packing up some snacks, pack some vitamin C supplements as well to take with your water.  Flying can actually lower your immune system and make you vulnerable to getting sick, so helping your immune system out with some extra vitamin C can’t hurt.  I suggest taking some vitamin C in the or taking it to the airport with you.


If you have a redeye, take a melatonin instead of Benadryl or other medication  

melatoninWhen taking an all-nighter flight, it’s definitely a great time to sleep. But sleeping on a plane isn’t always easy and taking something to help you pass out is definitely tempting.  Often times, this is Benadryl or advil PM that will medicate you at the same time it knocks you out.  But putting medication into your system when you don’t need them is not good for your system and can actually have negative effects or cause your body to begin building up a resistance to those medications.

Instead, try a natural sleep supplement like melatonin.  Take one pill (3mg or smaller) before boarding your RED EYE flight. This will trigger your day night cycle and cause you to get sleepy.  It’s a natural process of the body so you aren’t adding anything to your system that shouldn’t be there anyway. Of course, you should only do this for a night time flight and not for a day flight.


Use hand sanitizer often

I probably don’t have to tell you how many people have touched those security bins before you and how many people have sat in that chair before you at the airport. Airports are definitely a great central for germs that can get you sick and make you feel gross.  So make sure you’re either stopping in the bathroom often to wash your hands or carry around some hand sanitizer to help keep yourself protected against gross germs and keep yourself healthy.


Those are just a couple of tips I have about traveling by plane as ways to stay healthy, keep your budget low, and keep your sanity high.  What tips do you have for flying? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next one,

Kat

 

 

Easy and Delicious Tempeh Marinate

I recently found out that one of my local grocery stores sold a large variety of tempeh blocks along with the typical tofu blocks which got me really excited.  As much as I love tofu, the texture of tempeh is just a lot more appealing to me and it tastes really great. Although some people complain the tempeh is just a little too bitter for them, I still really enjoy it.

So today, I want to share with you how to prepare tempeh to make it less bitter and also share with you a marinate I have found that actually works really well with the slight bitter taste of tempeh.  This is one of my favorite marinates.  It’s super easy and it tastes great over rice or on a salad!  Heat up a little of the marinate and you get a great salad dressing as well!


To make better tasting tempeh

Ingredients

  • 1 block of tempeh
  • 2 cups water
  1. Place block of tempeh into a small sauce pan with 2 cups of water, or enough to cover the block
  2. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 10-15 minutes. Allow to cool in water completely.
  3. Dry off and cook as desired

The boiling of the tempeh helps to pull out that bitter flavor.  It doesn’t make it completely go away (after all, it is fermented soy, so it will taste slightly fermented) but it will make it more tolerable just on its own.

You can eat the tempeh just after doing this, but I suggest a marinade and baking it as well!


Marinate

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic
  1. Mix together all ingredients in a sealable bag.
  2. Cut tempeh into strips and marinate in bag for 1 hour or up to 24 hours. The longer it soaks, the more flavor will be absorbed.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  4. Place marinated tempeh on a baking sheet lined with foil
  5. Bake for 10 minutes. Bake for 10-15 minutes longer until edges are crisp.

Like I said earlier, this is a really simple marinate, but it works in many different ways.  You can serve it as a salad, over rice, or just by itself.  There are lots of things you can do with this marinate!

What’s your favorite marinate?  Let me know in the comments below.

Until next time,

Kat

 

 

Marching for Science

mfSI try not to get political on this blog.  At all.  After all, that’s not what this blog is about.  We focus on health, wellness, and lifestyle here.  But this passed weekend I participated in an event that I wanted to share with you guys just briefly because in a way it does affect what we do here.

On Sunday I participated in the March for Science which was a political rally to raise awareness for the importance of science and science related fields to our world.  A lot of the focus was on climate change, endangered species, and budgeting for scientific education and research.

mfs2There was a lot going on that day between demonstrations on climate change and environmental protection, to various speakers, and of course the march where people all with pro-science signs marched around the city (hundreds upon hundreds of cities participated) and promoted the importance of science.

Of course, being a scientist myself I had to attend the event and I wanted to share with you guys some of the reasons why I thought it important to march in the March for Science.


Why did I march?

  • This blog is based on scientific health and wellness research.  In case you haven’t noticed yet, some of these posts go pretty in depth about the biology of our bodies and what’s going on with our systems.  Without well researched books and articles there would be no way for me to do that research and post these educational blogs for your enjoyment.
  • I have a degree in Biology and currently work in conservation. The main focusmfs1 of my work is to conserve our environment and save our planet.  Scientific research plays a huge part in that.
  • I truly believe in doctors and medicine.  Do you remember the last time you had polio?  That’s because vaccination works.  Researchers are constantly trying to find a way to better our health system and better our world.  Remember, your doctor is a scientist and without him or her your health would not be what it is today.
  • Without science we wouldn’t understand our bodies at all.  I truly believe that without science we would not understand how our bodies work and we would definitely not know how to take care of them.  Thankfully, that’s not the case.
  • Our world is beautiful and we owe it to the planet to protect it.  It’s our only home.  No explanation needed!

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Of course, those are only some of the reasons I marched in the march.  The list could go on and on, but these are the reasons why it also matters to this blog!  There are thousands of reasons to march for science.

Do you march for science? Let me know why you stand up for science in the comments below!

Until next time,

Kat

Oil Pulling: What is it and does it work?

I have a love hate relationship with my teeth.  After years of braces, they still are kind of lopsided.  And no matter how much I brush and use mouthwash, I pretty much always end up with at least one cavity per dentist visit.  I just have really soft teeth and no matter what I do for them, no matter how much I brush them, I always end up with cavities.  It’s really frustrating.

Back in October, I had a cyst forming in my mouth from some problems with my wisdom teeth so I started doing research on something one of my friends had told me about: oil pulling.  I was trying to find a way to help relieve pain and cut down on bacteria and it seemed like from what I saw oil pulling would help accomplish that.

So back in October, I started a regular oil pulling routine and I haven’t gone back since!


So what is oil pulling?

cnut.jpgOil pulling is said to be a way to remove bacteria and toxins from the mouth and promote healthy gums and teeth.  The process works by cleansing the oral cavity of toxins and bacteria in a way somewhat similar to soap cleaning dirt from a surface.  The process supposedly pulls the bacteria right out of the mouth and locks it into the oil you are pulling with.

Oil pulling is said to delay tooth decay, kill bad breath germs, heal bleeding gums and gingivitis, prevent heart disease, whiten teeth, reduce inflammation, prevent cavities, and boost the immune system.


How do you oil pull?

So how do you successfully oil pull?

First, pick out your oil.  Most people use coconut oil, mostly because of its taste, but you can use any vegetable based oil that you would like to! Traditionally sesame oil is also used.

You should oil pull first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach.  This way your stomach isn’t creating any digestive enzymes and you won’t get nauseous from doing it.  This is also when you have the most bacteria in your mouth.  (You know that gross morning feeling in your mouth!)

Use about 1 tablespoon of oil and pop it in your mouth.  Swish around your mouth for twenty minutes. It doesn’t have to be too vigorous, just a soft swish is all you need.  In that 20 minute time the oil will pull out toxins from your system.  The timing is pretty important here.  A lot of sources say that the 20 minutes is the perfect amount of time to pull out all the toxins without them reabsorbing into the body.

If at first 20 minutes seems to be way too long for you, don’t worry too much about it.  Work yourself up to the 20 minute time.  Start with 10 minutes if you can and slowly add in more time.  Eventually the 20 minutes will be super easy.

Do not swallow back down the oil as you pull! This is really important.  Since you’re pulling out toxins from your mouth swallowing them down may have negative effects.  So try not to swallow any oil.

After 20 minutes have passed, spit the oil into a garbage can.  You don’t want to let it go down the sink, especially if it’s coconut oil and will become solid again.   This could cause your drains and your pipes to clog and you definitely don’t want to do that!

Finally, rinse out your mouth with warm water and brush and floss as normal!

You can do this every day of the week if you want or a couple times a week.  You get benefits each time and it’s completely safe to do it every single day!  It’s entirely up to you how often you go about it.

It is a completely safe method (I’ve discussed it with my dentist), but remember it should not be a substitute for brushing and flossing!


Does it help?

Various studies have actually been done on the benefits of oil pulling.  You can browse them here.  Basically, these studies show that oil pulling reduces the specific types of bacteria that cause tooth decay which are found in plaque and saliva.  Oil pulling also reduces aerobic microorganisms in plaque that cause gingivitis. Those are just a few of the results found in the study.  If you want to check out the serious scientific studies behind it, there are plenty of articles to check out!

In the meantime, I’m going to share with you my personal experience with oil pulling.

teeth cleaningWhen I went to the dentist and he noticed my cyst, it took a couple of weeks for me to end up at the oral surgeon to have my wisdom tooth taken out. Through that entire process, I was oil pulling.

When my mouth problems were first introduced, I couldn’t even drink room temperature water without really bad pain in my mouth.  The oil pulling didn’t make that pain magically go away, but it certainly didn’t make the situation worse.  It also may or may not have helped me from forming an abscess in my mouth.  So that I am really thankful for.

After my wisdom tooth was taken out, I continued oil pulling through the healing process.  I can report that I had no problems at all with my healing and after a day or two was feeling back to normal besides the slightly uncomfortable feeling of those annoying stitches!

Since my wisdom tooth recovery I’ve kept up with the oil pulling 5-6 times a week.  And just last week I went to the dentist for my check up.   So what happened at my dental appointment?

Have my teeth gotten whiter? No.  If anything, my teeth have grown more stained because of the use of fluoride toothpaste that I use.  The oil pulling did nothing to improve the whiteness of my teeth.

How about the cavities?  Well, I am proud to announce that for what seems like to be the first time in forever, I had 0 cavities at my visit.  Similarly, the amount that my gums bled seemed to be a lot less as well.  I can certainly say as well that the pain I felt after the visit was also a lot less as well.

There are also a lot of online stories about people and how oil pulling worked for them that you can find by just doing a quick google search.

Of course, every mouth is different so something that may work for one person might not work for someone else.  Is oil pulling worth a try?  I definitely think so.

Some people complain that they just can’t handle putting a tablespoon of oil in their mouth and swishing it around for 20 minutes.  I can definitely see where that comes in.  It isn’t necessarily pleasant, but you do eventually get used to it and it becomes second nature.  So it’s completely up to you whether you want to try it or not.


Let me know in the comments below if you’ve ever tried oil pulling or if you want to give it a try!  I would love to hear your thoughts.

Until next time,

Kat

Running Safety Tips

runnAs we talked about last week: running season is here!  You guys, I even have my first 5k in mind (coming up on Mother’s day weekend)!  It’s such a great time to take advantage of the warming weather!  And running is a great way to stay healthy and feel accomplished.

But of course, with the warm weather and the running outside comes its own share of troubles that you need to watch out for.  So today, I want to give you some safety tips for outdoor running so you can have a fun and completely safe run.


Always take your phone running with you

This probably goes without saying, but I kid you not, the one time I forgot my phone while running, I locked myself out of my house and had to awkwardly go borrow my neighbor’s fun.  Now, this definitely was not the worst case scenario, but it was still really avoidable.   A lot of things can happen when you’re out running: accidents, injury, or even getting lost if you’re in an unfamiliar place.

Having your phone on you when you’re running is going to give you the option to call someone, or even 911, if you run into trouble.  You never want to be stuck in a situation where you desperately need your phone but do not have it.


Run in a familiar area

It’s definitely not safe to run in an area that is unfamiliar to you.  Not only are you unfamiliar with the terrain, but you also may be unfamiliar with the trails or the people who often use them. This decreases your awareness of yourself and others and can lead to some problems, especially if you end up getting lost!

So if you are planning to go on a new running trail, then take a friend with you the first time and walk it together, making sure to take note of where you are at all times, landmarks around you, and how long you’ve traveled so that way you can be more aware of the area while you’re running it.  As time goes on you’ll become more comfortable with the area, but always take caution when you are in a new area.


Tell someone when and where you are running and when you should be back

This goes for whether you are running somewhere new or the same place you’ve been running for months.  Every time you leave the house, let someone know where you are running and how long you expect to be gone.  Whether it’s your roommate you tell face to face or you send a text message to a friend and tell them you’ll text them when you’re done running and back home, let someone know what’s going on.  That way if something does happen, like an injury where you can’t make it back, and you don’t text or return home, someone not only knows that you did not return like you were supposed to but where you are  (or at least should be).

The nice thing about this is that a lot of running apps or running watches hook up to apps that will now allow someone else to track your run through the app.  So your parents can keep track of your run even if they are a hundred miles away.  That way if you diverge from your path or you end up not moving for a long period of time they know something is up and can take action to help you!


Wear bright color clothing and run during sunlight hours

No matter where you are running, whether it be on the street or on a trail, make sure you are wearing bright colored clothing or reflective clothing.  This way other runners or walkers can clearly see where you are and you are also clearly visible to any passing cars without fail.

Also, make sure you area running during sunlight for the best visibility for you and for anyone passing you.  If you run in the dark you risk not being seen and having an accident occur!


Pay attention to what your body is telling you

This goes with running every single time.  Make sure you are listening to your body.  If you are cramping or too tired or you feel like you are going to be sick, make sure to rest or start walking instead. The last thing you want is be injured while you are away from home running or get so sick that you cannot get home.  Worst case scenario you pass out while running!  Your safety is more important than pushing yourself to the next level, so make sure you do what your body is telling you and don’t push yourself too hard.


If you are running on the road, run on the correct side

Remember that when you are running or walking on the roadside you should be going against traffic.  When you bike you want to be with traffic.  So when you are outside on the road, make sure to abide by this rule.

If you are on a sidewalk it doesn’t matter and you can run on either side.  And if you are in a very residential area with not too much traffic, you might be okay with running on the opposite side of the road for a small period of time (to avoid running into someone else who is out exercising and enjoying the weather).  Just make sure you are always aware of what may be coming up behind you.


If listening to music, don’t have it too loud

We all like running while having music playing.  If you’re running outside the best option is to have your music play through your phone with just the speaker, but if you must be using ear buds, don’t have your music too loud.  You want to be able to hear the traffic around you so you know what’s going on.  You also want to be able to hear any runners or bikers as well.  Be mindful of everyone else on the road or the trail with you and aware of your surroundings.


 So basically the end point of this is just that: be aware of your surroundings. You not only need to be aware of yourself and your body when running but you also need to be aware of everyone around you whether they are running or walking or driving by.  Make smart decisions and keep your safety as a number one priority.

If you do those things then you are guaranteed to have a safe and happy run!

What are your tips for running safety?  Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,

Kat

Getting into or Getting back into Running

With the weather FINALLY beginning to warm back up, the snow is gone, the birds are chirping, the air is crisp, and for those of us who love to spend a little extra time outside, it’s now time to start our outdoor running.  It is absolutely one of the best and most exciting parts of spring!  The weather is finally warm enough, that you can get a nice, cool run in during the day or the early evening without getting overly gross and sweaty.

runBut, if you’re anything like me, maybe you have gotten a little sloppy.  Maybe you haven’t been running through the winter and now you’re afraid that you are going to DIE when you step out for your first run of the season. Or maybe you haven’t done a lot of running before and you are hoping to start getting into it now with the new season is starting.  Whatever the case is for you, it’s probably time to ease your way into running to give yourself the fitness boost you need for this coming summer!  So today, I want to share with you some of my tips for getting back into the swing of running.


Start out slow

If you’re used to running 2-3 miles a day 4 days a week but you haven’t been keeping up with it, you might be really tempted to just step outside and give it a go, pushing yourself until you can’t push yourself any longer so you can prove that you haven’t lost it. I stress to you that you should not do this.  This is a guaranteed way to injure yourself and throw your own body into total panic mode.  Hurting yourself is not worth proving to yourself that you can still run the same amount you could 6 months ago.

Instead, you need to ease your way back into running.  Start off slow with a mile and then a walking break before doing the next mile.  Or start with 1 mile one week, 2 miles the next week, and 3 miles the next and so on.  There’s no reason to kill yourself over trying to be fit again.  You’ll get there with progress.

wpid-screenshot_2015-05-06-19-41-26-1.pngHowever, if you’re new to running, I do not suggest trying to start off with a mile run off the bat.  If you’re not used to running then you should start out by running a couple minute sprints at a time with long walking periods in between.  Slowly and surely you can work up to walking less and running more. I suggest using one of the “Couch to 5k” running apps that you can get in the app store.  There are a ton of them so you can find the one that works best for you and go from there.  Some are free (I used a free one) while others you pay for.  It depends on what you’re personally looking for out of the app which one you should get!  But I promise you they work.  Pretty soon you’ll have yourself running 5k like a breeze.


Stick with a schedule

Remember back to when you were first starting out with your running routine (or really any routine you started new).  You had to do it consistently in order for it to become easy and a natural part of your lifestyle.

Running is just the same, whether it is an old hobby of yours or a new fitness routine.  You need to consistently do it in order for it to become easy and, dare I say, fun.  And if you ever expect to better yourself with it, you need to practice, much like you would need to do with any other activity.

So the best thing to do is make a strict workout schedule and stick to it.  Now, I don’t mean that you need to say you are going to run every Monday Wednesday and Saturday at 4:30PM exactly.  But make sure that you promise yourself you are going to work out 3-4 times a week AND STICK TO THAT. Hold yourself to that routine unless something extremely serious happens where you cannot make it to your work out that week or session.  Having this regular routine in your lifestyle will not only allow you to better your running, but it will also help you to be more disciplined about your practice.


Reward yourself

If you are having trouble getting started with your running routine, or having a hard time motivating yourself to get out and run, why not try a reward system?

Set rewards for yourself for each goal you reach, especially if you are just starting out. Hit that first mile marker?  Reward yourself with a trip to get frozen yogurt (It’s a one-time thing you guys, it’s healthy enough).  Consistently hitting 2 miles every time you’ve been running for a week?  Guess you earned that new pair of shoes you’ve being eyeing up.

For me, my reward for reaching 5k again after the winter was that I got to buy myself a new makeup product (which I proudly purchased today) and after I run my first official 5k race I’m rewarding myself with some new lipstick from Sephora. (Yeah, I do really make myself work for my small purchases).

Whatever it is that motivates you, set your goals and reach for them. Get yourself out there and get running!


Listen to your body

When you’re getting back into the swing of things with running, it’s really important to worklisten to how your body is responding to the work out.  If you’re out of practice make sure you are warming up and cooling down correctly because your body isn’t as used to the strain you’re about to put on it.

Similarly, if you’re getting back into the swing of it and think you can go for 2 miles straight but halfway through your lungs feel like they’re collapsing and your heart beat feel out of whack (trust me, you’ll know when something weird is happening when you’re running), or if you feel like you’re sweating way too much for your workout compared to how you normally do, STOP and give your body a rest.

Chances are you’re body is still adjusting to the new or reintroduced stress and it just needs time to readjust back into it.  Also, it may be a sign that you aren’t hydrated enough for this practice and you need to take a break to put some fluids back into your body.

Remember, you know your body best so it’s up to you to listen to how it responds to you putting stress on it.  Don’t overdo it as you get back into your work out habit.  You have to do as your body commands.


Make sure you’re geared out

Workout clothes are one of the biggest motivators for me.  When I first got my running shoes, all I wanted to do for weeks was run because they were that comfortable!   I really cannot stress how important a good pair of running shoes is for you if you’re going to be running a lot.  The support is great and they do really make a difference for your feet, knees, and hips.  It’s a big investment, but if you plan to be running a lot, it’s absolutely worth it and makes running a lot more fun and manageable.  And make sure you’re treating them right and listening to the rules about when you need to get a new pair.  It’s important to take care of your running shoes so you protect your feet and avoid injury.

And of course, especially for the women, the yoga pants and the workout shirts or sports bras that you can get are also a huge motivator.  Of course you’re going to want to go out and show of your workout skills when you look super cute doing it.

So don’t be afraid to gear out for running.  It’s absolutely worth it!


Sweat, but don’t sweat it

Especially if you’re new to running it might seem hard at first.  And it might not even seem like fun.  You might want to give up time and time again and go do something else with your time and energy.  But I promise you, from someone who never thought she’d be a runner—running is super rewarding and a lot of fun.

I’ll admit, the process of running might not be fun all the time.  But sometimes when you’re frustrated or stressed, getting to metaphorically run away from your situation by physically running, is actually extremely releasing.  Tension leaves and it’s just you and the ground below you and whatever music you have running through your iphone (or android).   And when you hit those mile stones—one mile, two miles, three miles, and so on, there is this amazing feeling of reward after. You did it and no one can take that away from you.  It’s amazing and it’s fun.

And the aches.  Oh the aches.  Those may not seem fun, but those prove progress.  Your achy legs the next day prove that you strained your body and are now building muscles that you didn’t have before.

So yes, when you’re on mile 1.75 and your lungs feel like they’re bursting and going to explode you might not be having fun, but when it’s over and you look at what you accomplished and how you feel it’s totally worth it.  And then you can look back at the accomplishment you achieved and know that you are doing a great thing to better yourself!

And I also promise that once you’ve been running consistently and you stop, you’re going to realize how much you miss it.  You’re going to be looking forward to getting back into it.


Of course, this doesn’t apply JUST for running.  This goes for any new workout routine whether it is running, zumba, spinning, or whatever.  Working out is definitely a fun way to stay fit and healthy, but you do have to be careful about getting back into it, listen to your body about it, and make sure you’re treating yourself with care and love.

What’s your work out addiction?  Do you need to get back into the swing of it this spring?  What are your plans for it? Let me know in the comments below.

Until next time,

Kat