Trading My Nikes for a Yoga Mat

After 10+ years of running, I’m trading in my Nike running shoes for a yoga mat.

I’m a little sad. I love running. I love what it has done for me both mentally and physically. Even though I have never been a marathon runner, I have logged quite a few miles over the years. Up until last year I ran 10k five times per week. Last year I cut back to 3 times a week and incorporated Kayla Itsines BBG workout program into my schedule. I really hit my stride with this new routine – I felt great. I was stronger, faster and healthier than I’d been in years.  I was killing it!!!  But then injury struck.

Yep, I’m injured. Which is the reason I’ve been MIA from this space recently.  Although I don’t have to justify my absence to anyone other than myself, I do want to share why I haven’t been posting. Especially as I always envisioned Monday’s posts to be about health, fitness and general wellness.

As for the injury, I won’t bore you with the details. Suffice it to say my hip flexors have tightened up and pulled my pelvis (and ultimately my back) out of alignment.

Giving up something I love has been a difficult decision to make. Change is never easy, but it seems the years of pounding the pavement have finally taken their toll. So, I’m going listen to my body and switch up my workout routine yet again.

I’ve heard yoga has similar health benefits to running in that it’s good for the mind and body. I think it’s a good time for me to find out if this is true!

Watch this space for updates.  Namaste!

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Middle-Age Speed…It Happened To Me

Middle-age spread – it’s one of those things that you never knew could happen to you until it happens.  How do I know this?

Because it happened to me.

From March 2016 to March 2017 I gained 10 pounds.

I used to be one of those women, you know the ones that eat whatever they want and never gain a pound.

I should probably also mention I’ve always been active – different activities for different life stages. For the past 10 years I have been a runner, OK really more of a jogger.  I averaged 10k five times a week.

So adding 10 pounds was a bit of shock.

Did you know the average man and woman add 1-2 pounds around their middle every year from the ages of 35 to 55? And I gained 10 pounds in just one year?

Initially I put on three pounds and my husband told me not to worry, it’s muscle. Since I had just modified my workout routine by reducing my runs from five to three times a week and adding in Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide 1.0 it kind of made sense.

Unfortunately, by October 2016 my jeans were feeling a little tighter in both the waist and the legs.  So, I jumped on the scale again only to discover I was up a total of six pounds!  And by my 48th birthday I was exactly 10 pounds heavier than the year before. I had to admit it’ was happening to me.

‘IT’ of course being middle-age spread.

Weight gain at middle age is usually a result of a combination of factors, including poor diet, lack of movement and changing hormones.

My current exercise level is more than enough to burn any visceral fat.  While I hate to admit it, at 48 years old changing hormones and more likely poor diet was behind my weight gain. As we age our metabolism slows and we need fewer calories.

While I can’t control my hormones, I can control what I eat.

By reducing my calories (more on this later) I have nipped that nasty middle-age spread in the bud. I may have won this battle but I know the war will continue. 

What steps are you taking to fight the enemy?

 

Photography: Life + Style Redesigned

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