Why You Should Workout This Winter

Even though I live in Florida, temperatures are still finally starting to drop (hallelujah!) While this makes me happy, especially around the holidays, it also makes me want to curl up on the couch with a Halmark movie–er…book…and just…not move. While this sounds quite relaxing, it’s not exactly beneficial to my waistline. So, on behalf of EcoDrink, a healthy and easy way to get your vitamins every day, I’d like to share with you 5 reasons to take your workouts outside this winter:

1.) General Happiness: Exercise increases your endorphin levels which in turn can put you in a better mood, but did you also know the effect is heightened when exercising in the cold? This is due to the fact that you have to work harder in cold weather, so your endorphin production is boosted more than normal, and in turn, your happiness level. Confession: Whenever someone talks about endorphins and happiness I think of the movie Legally Blonde!

2.) Vitamin D boost: Did you know that about 80 to 90 percent of your vitamin D comes from the sun?  It’s pretty easy and fairly common for people to become vitamin D deficient in the colder months since they aren’t spending time outdoors. (Well, unless you live in Florida like me!) Vitamin D helps to keep your bones and immune system strong, and can also give you an additional dose of happiness.

3.) Burn more calories: Cold weather causes your body to regulate its temperature better meaning you can exercise for longer and burn more calories. Does shivering count as a workout? This sounds like a win to me!

4.) Less sick time: Some studies have found that regular outside exercise in the cold helps reduce the risk of flu by 20 to 30 percent. Through low-temperature training, the body adapts to the cold weather and, with time, strengthens the immune system against it. A a mother of a germy preschooler, this gets two thumbs up from me.

5.) It pairs well with EcoDrink: The EcoDrink Multivitamin is a healthy and convenient way to get your recommended daily dose of essential vitamins and minerals. Full of electrolytes and antioxidants to keep you hydrated and healthy, EcoDrink is a refreshing and delicious thirst quencher that provides energy and aids in muscle recovery after your workout to make the most of your time. It’s also a great way to get in extra water. Just pour the powder in 16 oz, shake, and enjoy! Also, EcoDrink Naturals is made with stevia, not sucralose and can be found on Amazon!.

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The folks at Eco Drink have offered for me to run a GIVEAWAY for two lucky readers. Two people will each get two boxes of the flavor of their choice mailed to them to try out (they are all yummy!) Please follow the instructions below, and the giveaway ends at midnight on 11/26. Good luck!

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by EcoDrink, however all opinions are my own.

CLIF SHOTS Giveaway + Hot Weather Workout Tips

Guess what guys? It’s HOT outside. Especially if you live in the south like me, working out and running outside can be very difficult and even dangerous if you don’t take the proper precautions and plan ahead.

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Anyone else look like a tomato after running outside?

Here are a few of my best pointers for warm weather running:

1.) Sunscreen:  no matter if it’s cloudy or not. It’s just not worth the risk guys. Be sure to reapply if you are doing a super long workout!

2.) Go early or late: Try not to wait until the sun is high in the sky, either workout in the morning or late evening to avoid the hottest temps and the suns rays.

3.) Dress appropriately: Sweat wicking materials are best, and a hat or visor makes my face feel a lot cooler when it’s sunny. Sometimes I even bring a small hand towel so I can dry off as I go and wipe my face, etc. Avoid cotton if you can, it just gets soaked and heavy!

4.) Adjust your expectations: Don’t get discouraged if you can’t hit your goal pace. The hotter the weather, the slower you will go, so don’t get discouraged. It will just make you that much stronger in the fall! Plus, you don’t want to push too hard and risk passing out or heat exhaustion.

5.) Hydrate: SUPER IMPORTANT! Not just during your workout, but before and after, too. Recovery drinks are important to replenish your body. You will want to replace electrolytes during and after your workouts. Be sure to do a test run with any new products you try in case your stomach is sensitive to them.

CLIF SHOT wants to make sure you are planning accordingly with your hydration in the heat by offering you a summer supply of CLIF SHOT Electrolyte Hydration and Protein Recovery Drink Mixes!

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From the source:

CLIF SHOT continues to deliver streamlined nutrition for athletes with CLIF SHOT Electrolyte Hydration Drink Mix and CLIF SHOT Protein Recovery Drink Mix. These products expand the CLIF SHOT portfolio to provide athletes options for hydration during activity and fast-absorbing protein to aid in post-activity recovery.

 

CLIF SHOT Electrolyte Hydration Drink Mix is made with 90 percent organic ingredients and is crafted with sodium and other electrolytes, and a multiple source carbohydrate solution to aid in fluid transport, absorption and retention.

 

CLIF SHOT Protein Recovery Drink Mix is made with 70 percent organic ingredients and is formulated with streamlined ingredients to help the body recovery immediately after activity and prepare for the next workout.

They are being super generous and giving three lucky THLG readers their own summer supply of these products!

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They sent me some product as well, and I had a lot of fun testing out the different mixes and flavors. The chocolate protein recovery drink mix is really yummy. It has 10 grams of protein and you just mix it in with water or milk (or a smoothie!) within 30 minutes of your workout. The orange mango flavor is good as well if you prefer a fruity taste. I also really liked the lemon lime-ade electrolyte hydration drink mix to take during your workout. You simply mix a pack into 16 ounces of water and shake, then drink on the run!

Simply follow the rafflecoptor directions before and be entered to win!

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*Disclosure: CLIF SHOTS provided me with product to test out and product to giveaway, however all opinions are my own.

Failing to Plan…

 

You know the old saying. If you fail to plan, then you are planning to fail. Well, yesterday I had a MAJOR running #FAIL and I wanted to share with you so that you wouldn’t do the same things I did. So, I decided Sunday night that Monday morning I wanted to drive to the beach for a 5-6 mile solo run. Simple enough right? HA! Saying that is simple enough is the same as someone saying “running is a cheap hobby, all you need are shoes.” bahaha! Here are a list of the things I failed on, and how you can avoid them:

Weather:  It has been cool here in the mornings the past week or so (upper 50’s low 60’s) so I didn’t even BOTHER looking at the weather to see what I was getting myself into for this run. I just took off, driving towards the beach, figuring it would be “cool enough.” WRONG. It was in the low 70’s when I started and upper 70’s by the time I finished. It was QUITE warm and very very sunny, not a cloud in the sky! This leads me to my next point…

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Time: I didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to the time I left either. I sat around checking emails, drinking coffee, and eating breakfast. I took my sweet time getting dressed, playing with my attention whore dogs, and driving down to the beach. By the time I got out of my car, it was 9:00. Ouch. The sun was rising in the sky (right in my face, of course) and it was already way warmer than I would like for the beginning of a run. A little better planning and I easily could have gotten out there by 8.

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Clothing: I grabbed a running skirt out of my closet (surprise) and the closest matching top that I could find and it happened to be black. Of course, since I had not checked the weather to know it was already warm out, so it never crossed my mind that a heat-drawing black shirt could make my run even warmer. I did think to grab sunglasses, but a hat would have been nice, too.

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Fuel: While I did think to bring a GU and water, I didn’t think to actually DRINK vey much before the run. I had a cup of coffee at home and a few sips of water, but that’s it. I thought stopping at my car around mile 3 for my GU and some water would be enough to “get me by,” but by the time I hit mile 4 I was wishing I had taken my water bottle with me on the run. (There’s that checking the weather thing again…) Also, I had a protein bar for breakfast but it may not have been quite enough for me to get through the run.

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Awareness: I actually dodged a bullet on this one. I found out when I got home, that just  couple of miles form where I was running, a lady running was kidnapped at 9:00. I was running at 9:00, and it easily could have been me! Yes there were other people around when I was running, but I can sadly say I really wasn’t paying a whole lot of attention to my surroundings. I was struggling on my run, so I was just thinking about how hot and tired I was. How scary! As far as I know, they have not found her yet.

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I ended up running 5.5 miles, and was very happy to be done. I knew that it would maybe be my last chance to get in a run before Rock N Roll St. Louis this weekend (I will hopefully be able to get in a short run Wednesday or Thursday in St. Louis)

QOTD: Have you ever failed to plan for a run or for something else? What happened?