There were comments from readers about “not having time” and “I can’t do a majority of the poses” so I’m here to offer my help and motivation.
Whether it’s a 10 minute practice or an hour class, MAKE THIS CHALLENGE YOUR OWN!
Try a new pose. Practice a pose you want to master. Try a class at a local yoga studio (they almost always let you try a class for free). Grab a mat and follow along with a You Tube video in your living room.
Yoga Inspiration and Resources
Check out these links for great info at all levels and some amazing yoga photos:
Join prAna’s & Sweat Pink’s#TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge and be eligible for a chance to win $500 worth of new prAna gear from their latest collection as well as gift an additional $500 worth of prAna gear to the person of their choice… because isn’t giving as important as receiving? They just launched their new Spring Collection so you best get on it!
Happy Friday and welcome to the first Fitness Friday of 2015!
I love the sound of 2015. It feels energetic!
That may have to do with the fact that after a year of minimal running, a recurring injury, correcting muscle imbalances and getting stronger my fitness focus for 2015 is returning to what I love and enjoy most, running!
The change in focus for 2014 was good and it needed to happen!
Check out this inspiring video featuring an inspiring mom, friend and runner, Nancy at Little Fancy Nancy.
Feetures! performance socks created a fantastic new video that follows two ZOOMA Ambassadors as they run the 2014 ZOOMA Cape Cod 10k race. Instead of using the video as a sales tool, Feetures! took a different approach. The video highlights the beauty of the sport of running and the moms, wives, and everyday women who have a passion for it.
That’s what it’s all about!
Makes you want to go for a run or sign up for a race doesn’t it!
Managing 14 in 2014 last year on my own became too much. With almost 700 runners signed up it was tough impossible to stay on top of it all and dedicate the time deserved and needed.
After giving it a lot of thought I’m so so excited to announce that instead of 15 in 2015 I’m teaming up with Tiffany at Running Hutch to bring you a year long running challenge, Run This Year 2015!
I met Tiffany last year at Blogfest. She’s wonderfully energetic and I’m looking forward to working with her to bring you runspiration, support and encouragement throughout the year!
We have the same vision for the challenge and with co-hosting there will be 2 of us motivated and driven to bring you an exciting and rewarding year long running challenge!
What is RTY 2015?
Run This Year is an online community of runners who are focused on a year long running goal. Each of us pick a number of miles that we want to hit by the end of 2015. Some will run 2,015 miles this year. Some will run 2,015 kilometers (1,252 miles).
You pick whatever mileage works for you.
What can you expect from RTY 2015?
Monthly giveaways. They’ll be a small monthly prize (or 2).
Monthly twitter chats.
Monthly mileage logs. Lessons learned in 2014 by both of us with logging races and miles. We’re using the easiest/quickest way to keep up this kind of accountability report that will run smooth (pun intended!)
Monthly newsletter. This will be for RTY Members only and include special discounts from sponsors and reminders to participate in giveaways/log miles.
How can you participate?
Are you ready to join? Go to Run This Year and complete the registration form and start logging the miles!
Still not sure? Join us for the first 2015 Run This Year twitter chat, How To Run This Year. It can be done and successful RTY participants are going to share how they did it.
A Race Calendar
A race calendar for the year is still in the works, but the one date that is taken for sure is October 15.
Chad and I are planning a runcation to run one of my all time favorite events in my second most favorite city, the Chicago Marathon.
My first goal race of the year will be a spring half. I’ve narrowed it down to 2, the Earth Day Half on April 19 or the Columbus half on May 2.
What’s working for training and what I’m enjoying is a balance of 3 days of running with a combination of yoga and strength training. Balance? There was a time when all I wanted to do was run, but, as it turns out, a balance makes me a better runner.
I’m also going to try using a training journal. I’m committing to using it for at least 30 days and then deciding if it will be an ongoing part of training. I think the Believe Training Journal suits me:
The Believe journal is much more than a workout log. It’s a personal diary that will help keep you honest and motivated for running, while improving your mind and spirit alongside your body.
I’m looking forward to many things, known and unknown, in the new year but, back to training and racing is what I’m looking forward to the most!
Now you can see why I think 2015 feels so energetic!
If you had to pick one thing that you’re most looking forward to in the new year what would it be? Do you have a running goal for this year?
Help us spread the word about Run This Year 2015! Tell your friends and family. Runners of all levels welcome to join the fun! Tweets, blog post mentions, Facebook posts, Instagram images would all be awesome!
Help make this the biggest Run This Year event ever!
I have partnered with Dannon to help promote the Activia 30 Day Challenge. I have been compensated for my time. As always, all opinions are my own.
Earlier in the month I shared a post about my partnership with Dannon and Chad agreeing to take the Activia 30-Day Challenge.
The 30-day challenge is to enjoy Activia twice a day for four weeks. Activia may help the frequency of minor digestive issues*. It works or it’s free!
*Activia may help reduce the frequency of minor digestive issues like bloating, gas, rumbling & discomfort when consumed twice per day for four weeks as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.
With a month long challenge of any type there is always the chance of getting bored, but Activia has a really wide variety of types and flavors so being bored with eating yogurt twice a day hasn’t been a problem.
Activia has many different varieties of their products including Activia Yogurt, Activia Greek, Activia Greek Light, Activia Smoothies, Activia Light Yogurt and Activia Fiber Yogurt. There is something for everyone!
Activia Greek delivers yogurt lovers with the best of both worlds – everything they love about Greek – the creamy, thick texture – plus digestive benefits of Activia. Activia Greek comes in eight delicious flavors including vanilla AND seven fruit-in-the-bottom styles:
Whether it is served at a meal like breakfast, as a mid-day snack, or a delicious indulgence with flavorful add-ins, Activia yogurt is just one part of a healthy lifestyle.
Retired professional boxer and Activia Brand Ambassador, Laila Ali, has shared 5 tips for living a healthy lifestyle:
Start the Day off Right: Whenever I have a busy day scheduled, I always make sure I have an Activia Yogurt in my fridge. These delicious, creamy low-fat yogurts are rich in flavor and help me easily stay on track with the Activia Challenge!
Work Out: Fit it in when you can. You don’t have to do a two-hour workout at the gym – I rarely have time for that anymore. I like to take the kids out for a bike ride, or go for a run while they ride their scooters along with me. Doing little workouts throughout the day will help to improve your mood all day long.
Pack In The Protein: After I complete a workout I always grab Activia Greek! It is a great post work out treat. Plus, with seven delicious flavors to choose from I get to switch it up regularly.
Laugh: I surround myself with people that make me feel happy and make me laugh. Staying positive and enjoying my surroundings always keeps me in a good mood.
Make Wise Food Choices: You are what you eat! I spend one day a week cutting up fruits & veggies and making healthy dishes that my family can eat throughout the week
We are back this week with another giveaway to help another lucky reader get started with their challenge!
One winner will receive 10 full value coupons for Activia. The winner will be emailed and posted in my next Activia challenge update. Giveaway ends at midnight EST on September 29.
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It has changed the way I think and how I make decisions. It has changed my perspective.
A glimpse of the past 12 days of #dailyMNB…
Every morning I start the day with setting 3 simple daily intentions to move, nourish and believe.
3 words that help start the day on a positive upbeat note no matter what awaits in the hours to come. The intentions keep me on track and remind me to keep it simple and trust what I know. I wake up in the morning and my mind seeks that balance and focus for the day.
You’re probably already following but if you’re not, follow the inspiration behind Move Nourish Believe, @lornajaneactive
Personal growth and fulfillment are reasons enough to join us, but how about an extra incentive? By sharing your #dailyMNB for a total of 7 images you will be entered into a random drawing at the end of the challenge for a chance to win 1 of 3 prizes! To be eligible, you must have a total of 7 shared images during the challenge and tag the photos with @jillconyers @thefitswitch @jativey and @lornajaneactive with hashtag #dailyMNB
We can’t wait to see your 7 days of MOVE NOURISH BELIEVE!