Why I’m Saying No to Diet & Exercise-Related New Year’s Resolutions, and What I’m Going to Do Instead

Happy New Year everyone! ‘Tis the season for getting bombarded with messages about setting our New Year’s resolutions, particularly the ones that focus on getting healthier. And if you’ve ever watched TV or browsed the internet around this time of the year, it seems like our health aspirations will never be complete if we’re not aiming for weight loss. Crash diets and intense 4-week ‘full body transformation’ fitness programs have stuffed the pockets of various health gurus way before we realized that something fishy was going on – that is, those methods didn’t seem to work long-term, or made things even worse for us in the future, both physically and emotionally. To break the vicious cycle of mass media telling you that you’re not good enough unless you’re trying to reshape yourself via drastic diet and exercise routines, I’m inviting you to say no to setting diet and weight loss-related New Year’s resolutions! And since I don’t want to leave … Read the rest of the post

How to Beat Gym Boredom: 5 Workouts that Kick Your Butt in Under 30 Minutes

If you’ve ever committed to a gym routine only to find yourself bored and unmotivated a couple months later, I feel your pain. I myself used to be less than excited about going to the gym regularly, but kept coming back only because I knew that the gym was charging me every month regardless of the frequency of my visits. Running saved me from quitting exercise back in those days, but that’s a different story. Today I’d like to tell you about the little tweaks I’ve implemented into my workout routine that get me excited about going to the gym almost every day, plus share with you 5 workouts that bust gym boredom and keep things interesting. In the past year or so, I’ve changed my approach for gym workouts, and finally started seeing results while spending less time at the gym! These are the 3 steps that made the difference: 3 … Read the rest of the post

Fitness Update: Things I’ve Been Doing to Stay Fit Without a Gym

Another week has sneaked up on us! I realized that I haven’t written anything workout-related in a while, so today I’m going to tell you about my fitness adventures in the past (roughly) month and a half. Since we moved to Washington state from Alabama a little over a month ago, I’ve enjoyed doing all of my workouts outside. The temperatures are mostly favorable – it’s cooler and way less humid than it is right now in Alabama – plus the rainy days have been falling on the days I’ve wanted to rest anyway. I’ve been trying to exercise most weekdays, alternating days of running with days of doing bodyweight exercises right on my front porch. Of course, there’s been a few lazy days when I didn’t want to do anything, but they only proved that I feel the most energetic, productive and overall positive on days that start with some type … Read the rest of the post

Workout Central Series: Episode 1. Full-Body Dumbbell Workout by Kelli Brantley.

Today’s the day for Episode 1 of the Workout Central Series! To kick off the series, I asked my friend Kelli Brantley, a personal trainer with over 5 years of experience, to design and demonstrate a workout exclusively for Vegan Runner Eats readers. Kelli’s credentials: she graduated from the famous in Alabama Auburn University with a degree in Health Promotions. She received her personal trainer certification from Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). The majority of her clients these days are people aged 45+, and her oldest client is an 82-year-old lady. Kelli puts together customized workouts for each of her clients depending on their needs and abilities. Kelli loves to encourage others to stay active not only through her training, but also through her own example of what a fit person can do: she regularly participates in numerous races and triathlons, including an Ironman triathlon in 2013; she is currently getting ready to compete in … Read the rest of the post

Announcement: Two New Series to Launch at Vegan Runner Eats!

Hi everyone! I’ve got an exciting announcement to make today! When I started this blog, my main concern was to provide lots of valuable information for people new to a plant-based vegan diet and interested in exercise and staying active. I tried to stick to the plan by documenting my training for a marathon and posting recipes I was developing along the way. While this plan mostly worked, I was constantly thinking of finding new ways to make this blog even more interesting. And this is how I came to an idea to start two new series on Vegan Runner Eats: – Vegan Kitchen Simplified: a series of posts about various vegan-friendly ingredients and their use, or different kitchen techniques that can make plant-based cooking even healthier. A lot of people get confused in the kitchen once they make a switch to a plant-based/vegan diet, so the posts from Vegan Kitchen Simplified … Read the rest of the post

Holiday Running Streak is Over: What I’ve Learned from the Experience of Running Every Day through the Holidays.

Before I sum up my Holiday Running Streak today, I’d like to share great news with you: the story of how I decided to become vegan has been published on Forks Over Knives site! I am beyond excited to receive recognition from Forks Over Knives – the amazing documentary that was the key inspiration for me to go plant-strong back in the day. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend watching it: you can get it through FOK site, buy a DVD on Amazon, or find it on Netflix. Thanks Forks Over Knives for giving me a chance to tell my story! (You can read it here.) Right before Thanksgiving 2013, I decided to commit to a new running challenge – to run every day, from Thanksgiving Day to New Year’s Day, for at least a mile. I was hoping to achieve a few goals: 1) To stay motivated to run after all … Read the rest of the post

A List of 10 Common Questions Newly Vegan Athletes Ask: Part 2 of 2.

Today  we continue with the list of questions that are most often asked by active people who are transitioning to a plant-based vegan diet. The answers to these questions can also be beneficial to established vegans who are interested in adding more exercise to their daily routine.  Our previous post with the first five questions and answers can be found here. Whether your idea of exercise consists of a 30-minute walk every day or training for an Ironman triathlon (and everything in between), we can all agree that exercise is beneficial to our health and wellbeing. Today’s post (as well as its first part from a couple days ago) will help you answer some questions about vegan diet and exercise, so here we go: Vegan Athletes’ Top 10 List of Questions and Concerns (Questions 6 to 10) 6. I feel tired all the time after physical activity. Is my diet … Read the rest of the post

A List of 10 Common Questions (Newly) Vegan Athletes Ask: Part 1 of 2.

Whether you’ve followed a plant-strong vegan diet for a while and recently decided to get more active, or you’ve been athletic for some time and are thinking of switching to veganism, you’re likely to have some questions and concerns about how to do it right. Today’s post is going to cover 10 most commonly asked questions by newly vegan athletes. First of all, let me bring on some good news: you’ve got nothing to fear on your plant-strong athletic journey! Luckily, people all over the world have been reaching amazing athletic achievements while eating the vegan way. There are a number of successful professional athletes who follow a vegan diet.  Like Scott Jurek, the  pro endurance runner who held the American record for the longest distance run in 24 hours (165.7 mi), and who won Western States 100 Mile Ultramarathon seven times in a row (Scott talks about his transition to … Read the rest of the post

Think You Have No Time to Exercise? Think Again! Time Management and More. Also: Week 7 of Marathon Training.

In this day and age, the importance of exercise in our life is hardly a secret. Yet so many of us still find it hard to incorporate working out into our daily routine. The main excuse? Lack of time! Are we all doomed to be unhealthy, tired, and overwhelmed, or is there a way out? Every now and then this happens to me: I meet new people, and when they find out that I enjoy working out and participating in running races, they tell me that I must be some kind of superhuman, and they could never do that because their lives are too busy to squeeze in time for exercise. I know that trying to convince someone in what I believe within just one conversation is usually a lost cause, but I can’t help but feel bad afterwards that people don’t realize how beneficial exercise is for their wellbeing. There should be a way to … Read the rest of the post