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Physical Wellness

Physical Wellness - Fraser Valley Now WellnessWhat is “wellness” anyway? In brief, if you didn’t read our February article that outlined the seven pillars of wellness, wellness is the process of being aware of and making specific choices towards a healthy and fulfilling life. It seems like a simple concept. We try to stay present, we eat as healthy as we can, we exercise, and yet with so much information being thrown at us it can be difficult to navigate the conversation and know where to start.

Today, we want to talk about Physical Wellness or in other words, how we exercise, sleep, and eat.

You know the old saying, “you are what you eat”? This is bologna. You can eat whatever it is you’re craving, as long as it’s a reasonable amount. In recent years, there have been a number of studies that show that when you tell yourself you can’t have cookies anymore, all you can think about is the cookie and ways you can get the cookie. We take a holistic approach to food – we eat whole foods most of the time and then eat what our bodies crave some of the time. This holds true in women especially around their menstrual cycle. Wanting chocolate at a certain time of the month is real and if you want the chocolate, then you need to let yourself have it. If we love our bodies and really trust them, then we can let them tell us what they need. The little voice in your head has got your back!

Exercise shouldn’t be overly complicated either. One thing the two of us hear over and over as running coaches is how people “would love to do what we do, but just don’t have the time”. This may be true for some people, but if you make exercise a priority in your life, you will find the time. There are a couple little tricks you can put in your back pocket to get motivated:
If you notice you have time to watch TV in the evening for an hour every night, then you probably have time for a 30 minute walk/jog/HIIT class + 30 mins of tv time 🙂

Make a schedule and exercise at the same time every day. You can call it “me time” and really get excited for it! We all deserve this.
Work out with your kids! They love getting down on the floor and helping you do planks and squats – kids are great workout buddies!
Set up a date with your friend! Accountability is the best way to make sure you’re getting your workout in.
We are trail runners and want to let you know that there are plenty of resources out there for you! If you don’t know where to start but are interested in trail running, you can try these places:

For Women Only:

Trail Posse – Chilliwack – a Facebook group where you can connect with local runners. They also host meet ups from time to time.
Fox Fleet – Abbotsford – run the first Tuesday of every month. You can find them on Facebook.
Ladies of the Trails – Mostly Sea to Sky Corridor. You can find them on Facebook.

Mixed Gender Running Groups:

Run Like a Girl – All Locations – a Facebook community where you can find runners to connect with in your area wherever you are
The Abbotsford Trail Running Club – Abbotsford – an excellent group for all levels – they have an annual membership (not required for group runs) but the membership offers some discounts with local stores, local trail races and other events as well! They meet on various days throughout the week. You can find them on Facebook or Instagram.
Garrison Running Co – Chilliwack – local running store that hosts fun runs and clinics. They are a very enthusiastic group and we highly encourage you check them out.
Running Room
– Abbotsford – they have Sunday road runs for all levels.
Pacific Pine Running Co – hosts an 8 week trail clinic starting this April 11th! They run on Saturday mornings at 8:00am and most of their runs are on Bear Mountain in Mission.

The last point we want to cover is sleep. It’s so easy to let your precious sleep fall by the wayside. Without getting 7-9 hours per night, the recommended time most of us need, it’s hard to be motivated to eat right and exercise. We want to encourage you to go to bed 30 minutes earlier than normal. Set a timer that reminds you to start getting ready for bed, and just do it! Go to bed earlier and see what happens.

We hope that with these simple tricks, you’ll be well rested, well fed, and moving more to be the absolute best version of yourself that you can be.

Feel free to reach out to us at any time for any questions regarding what you read in this article or something else trail running related!

Katrina and Jenny
Pacific Pine Running Co.

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