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Running is one of the best ways to get in shape!  It benefits almost all parts of the body.  It’s one of the most popular methods of healthy weight loss.   Here are some of the reasons you should incorporate running into your daily life:

  • It strengthens your heart.  Your body has to get oxygen to all your muscle cells, and must pump blood much more quickly in order to do so.  Your heart rate increases as you push yourself harder.  Your heart is a muscle, and like any other muscle, it becomes stronger with use.  This will play a major factor in your defense against cardiovascular disease in the future, and many other dangerous diseases.
  • Sweating causes the release of harmful toxins in your body that build up over time.  This has been proven to prevent acne, and even cancer.  It’s also a great reliever of stress.
  • It burns fat!  Whether your long distance jogging or short distance sprinting, you burn extra calories/fat.  Over time, running can become a very rewarding habit to build.

Beware!  Running and jogging has been proven to put extreme stress on your joints.  Be sure not to push yourself too hard, and know when it’s necessary to take a break.  Your body is not a machine.  Part of staying healthy is knowing your boundaries.

http://dherbs.com/articles/dangers-running-jogging-292.html

http://www.active.com/running/Articles/6-Benefits-of-Running.htm

http://ririanproject.com/2007/10/22/10-benefits-of-running-and-how-to-do-it/

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There are some basic daily tricks to help you reach your goal as quickly as possible while staying health.  Here are the ones I try to follow every day!

– DRINK AS MUCH WATER AS POSSIBLE!!! It’s the best way to flush dangerous toxins out of your system, and it’s very important to stay hydrated 24/7- especially when dieting or exercising regularly.  It’s also difficult for the body to differentiate hunger from thirst.

-Stick to the serving size or under!  When snacking, it’s really easy to go overboard if you aren’t think about the quantity of food you are eating, especially if you are eating it directly out of the container it came in.  It’s best to set aside the exact amount you want to eat, and stick with that.

-Snack on healthy food all day long.  When you do this, it’s much easier to turn down any junk food that might pop up at any given moment.

-Walk as much as possible!  Don’t take short cuts and always take the stairs.  This is one of the easiest ways to burn calories without really exerting much effort.

-Take multivitamins.  They replenish the vitamins you use up throughout the day, and give you an extra boost of energy when you feel a little fatigued.

Every since I moved to Santa Barbara CA, I have become totally hooked to the surfing scene that consumes the time of many residents.  We live in a beach town and are surrounded by ocean, who can blame us?! I have to admit, I haven’t hit the beach for the past 6 months or so, but as summer gets closer I can’t help but feel that old itch to jump on my board and ride a wave to paradise.  Haha not really so dramatic, but still.  Surfing is loads of fun, and it provides one of the best workouts around!  Here’s why:

  • Much of surfing is paddling.  Paddling helps build major upper body strength!  It works your core, arms, shoulders, back and neck.
  • Standing up on the board requires major balance and strengthens your abs, core and legs.  It also requires serious concentration and helps you develop hand eye coordination.  It stimulates your brain!
  • It’s a great cardio work out!  It gets your blood pumping and helps build heart strength and health.

Surfing is a great way to work out while having loads of fun!

We’ve all heard about it!   Zumba is a Latin inspired dance workout that is taking the world by storm.  Over the past two years, the zumba bug has spread rapidly.  People of all different kinds are going crazy for zumba! It’s well loved for many different reasons.  Here are a few!

  • It gives you a break from your usual boring workout routine, helping to spice up your life!
  • Exercises all your muscles while also exercising your brain and ability to memorize dance steps
  • All levels, genders and ages are welcome to all classes (everyone has to start somewhere!)
  • Provides a great cardio workout with fun music that you can totally get into.
  • It’s pretty much a DANCE PARTY!!!

I am going to take my first zumba class this coming Friday through the YMCA.  I’ve been putting it off for a long time, and I’m ready to just give it a shot.  I’ve been starting to get bored with running, and I think this will be a great switch.  Plus I love dancing!  I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂

Have you ever tried zumba?  Did you like it?

Monday of last week I weighed 148.8, and Monday of this week I weighed 147.2.  Overall, I am relatively pleased with myself.  I kept up my work out routine and I generally ate pretty healthy.  But I did not do as well over the weekend as I know I could have.  I help bake and worked for a bake sale for an organization called Children of Rwanda, and I admit I was not very strict with myself.  I was surrounded by cookies, brownies and cinnamon rolls (which means my conscience goes out the window) and I had a little bit here and a little bit there and in the end it added up to a lot a bit.  Other than that though, I am pretty proud of myself.  I know this week will be better because I know I am capable of better!  I am excited to see how things go.  I really need to drink more water though.  I have CA Standardized Testing this week and my permit test.  I have not been on top of it so far, but the week is young!

Exercise.  It’s one of the most hated and avoided things in the world, and is also a vital part of staying healthy.  Of course we know we are supposed to involve a good amount of physical activity in our lives, but remember that everyone has a limit.  It’s important to pay attention to the signs that your body is sending you, because it can be all too easy to ignore pain or exhaustion and work yourself too hard.  This is NOT healthy.  Your body needs time to recover.  If you push yourself too hard too often, it really does more bad than good.  One reason is that when you use your muscles, they break down.  When they aren’t in use, they are recovering from the break down by producing more muscle cells than you originally had before.  If you continually use your muscles too often, they won’t have time to rebuild themselves.  This will cause you to feel achy and fatigued.  You are depriving yourself body of oxygen!  It’s ideal to have one or two designated days a week to recover.

Personally, I have difficulty if I don’t exercise any day.  I feel antsy and even guilty at times.  A great remedy for this is walking.  Walking is a great way to burn off energy and to get outside!  Enjoy life!!!

CARROTS!  One of the most common, most colorful, and most carroty veggies out there!  Carrots are loaded with vitamin A, which aids skin health, cancer prevention, and has anti-aging qualities.  They also have lots of antioxidants that promote cardiovascular health.  Baby carrots are great if you’re on the go, but remember that the skin is very healthy for you, so try to eat uncut whole carrots.  In comparison to other vegetables, carrots are high in natural sugars which will help boost your energy and keep you going till the very end!

(that’s a picture of me, munchin’ on a carrot)

My name is Savannah!  I was born in Orem Utah and lived in Vancouver Washington until I was 8.  I then moved to beautiful Santa Barbara California, where I currently reside and have lived for the past 9 years.  The mere 1,010 mile difference in geographic location between Vancouver WA and Santa Barbara CA has caused my family and I to experience serious culture shock.  To move from nearly constant rain and a life spent mostly indoors, to a city where the residents can count on perfect 70 degree weather and clear skies almost every day has brought us to make serious lifestyle changes.  I am now 16 years old, and over the past year I have taken much interest in the topics of health, fitness, body image and the likes.

My freshmen year of high school I reached an all time high of 175lbs.  I only exerted energy when forced to, and I had no filter as to what or what I should not eat.  I was not health conscious in the slightest-  I did what I wanted!  On the other hand, I felt terrible 24/7.  I hated my body and I hated myself.  I’ve made some drastic changes to my lifestyle since then, and I am starting this blog 30 pounds lighter at the weight of 145lbs.  I have a very healthy non-obsessive take on weight loss.  I am very opposed to calorie counting, dieting, and excessive exercise.  I believe strongly that confidence, how you feel, and self love are far more important than the number on the scale.

I write this blog with the goal of bringing people inspiration and information. I offer a fresh perspective and new approaches to exercise, healthy diet, peer pressure, social media and my own personal journey from unhealthy, to fairly fit ;)