Well, I think that wins for the longest title of the year, for me at least. But it’s definitely thorough, yes? Haha.
Today I have a few new food and fitness favorites that I want to share, but first let me explain the other part of my title.
You see, yesterday I told a gym member to skip my spin class. She’s a mom, a devoted fitness fanatic, and needed rest. She workouts 2x a day and is in great shape, physically that is. Her mind may not be. Too much fitness focus, which can be draining. I told her she might need a break, and more than a day. Rest her body, mind, and let the muscles repair. Let her thoughts be focused on enjoying the day, not working out.
As a fitness professional, I sometimes feel like we are promoting the wrong message. “Workout longer, harder, farther, etc. Burn calories, burn fat, etc.” My view of fitness has certainly changed over the past few years (due to my own lessons learned) and it does not include any of these messages. In fact, I like to think we need to take the less is more approach. Sometimes we need to eat less and move more (move as in walk, lift, etc. Not too extreme). Sometimes we need to train less and eat more (quality fuel). And sometimes we need to think less and enjoy more. Think less about NEEDING to workout and MORE enjoying what the body is capable of doing. My husband does a great job of training SMART. After years of overtraining and UNDER-resting, he finally has learned the key to HIS training and well being. More recovery, more resting, less stressing= quality training and better performance.
That’s the message I hope to portray when I teach or train. Yes, I joke around at times with them, but in reality I want to focus on balancing our lifestyles, enjoying fitness, and stressing LESS about the small stuff.
Speaking of stuff.. and totally changing topics. Here are my food and fitness favorites for the week. Let me know if you tried any!
These simple protein chips are like crack! Addicting. Made with pea protein and great flavor. Warning: Bring gum after.
THe Kona Kase Monthly Box subscriptions. So glad we got to sample this box. I’ve seen it everywhere! And it came at the perfect time. I am pretty sure all the goodies were gone in about 6 hrs due to my husband’s training. This box was gluten free too. Kind bars, GU gels/chomps/brew, Luna bar, and pop corns chips. Hmmm, maybe I can get my Healthy Bites in here, yes? Check out the Kona Kase for more info. It’s what I call the endurance junkie goodie box!
This favorite is probably my favorite favorite food find of the week. Sprouted Gluten Free flour from nuts.com. FINALLY! Sprouted grains and nuts are so much better for digestion. This makes my stomach very happy!
And last, but not least, some local love. My Handana! This product is made here is Austin. It’s kinda like a bandana and sweat band put together. Love it for those summer runs! Wipes the sweat off and fits like a glove..literally.
Any new Favorites? What are your thoughts on taking extra rest? Would you have told her to skip the gym like I did?