Friday Five: What Healthy Living Means to Me

Happy Friday! This week has been a slow transition back to reality and workouts post Ragnar. Who knew a 2-day 200-ish mile adventure could take so much out of you?! At any rate I’m back and here with my gals Cynthia and Courtney for another Friday Five! FridayFive Healthy Living marontherun.com

Our theme this week was 5 people who motivate or inspire us but I took a slightly different approach. There is no one person or set of people that motivates/inspires me. My family and friends and this community of course that goes without saying but healthy living to me is a lifestyle. Earlier this week I taught a lesson for my Girls on the Run team and it was about Healthy Habits. It got me thinking so for today’s Friday Five I’m focusing on what healthy living means to me:

Practicing self care. Since studying to become a health coach I have focused on this a lot. I’ve added a regular mindfulness practice to my day to day, try to spend one weekend a month technology free and focusing on being more present; and as a long distance runner weekly bath soaks have become about more than just recovery! Especially when you add bubbles ๐Ÿ˜‰ (*and bubbly)

Staying hydrated and eating right. This means drinking plenty of water (and just saying no to sugary drinks). Being sure to include plenty of fruits and vegetables in each meal and trying to maintain a sense of balance in my diet. This does not mean gorging on cookies or wine but if I’m craving a cookie or a piece of cake – I’m not going to deprive myself. 

Getting regular exercise. I do not know what my life would be like without exercise! I try to workout at least 6 days a week and obviously that fluctuates if I’m actively training for a race. Even on rest days I find myself moving by taking short walks to the grocery store or jaunts around the neighborhood.

Maintaining a positive attitude. Trying to take a positive approach to each situation – to the best of my ability – is one of the best ways to stay mentally and emotionally healthy. Not every day is good but there is certainly good in every day!! every day

Enjoying Life. I’ve been able to travel the country to run, watch Steelers games, lounge on the beach, and celebrate family and friends. It’s not about quantity but quality and I like to make the best use of my time be it alone or with others. Not all my friends are interested in the same thing but I feel blessed to have so many tribes. I have running peeps, adventurous peeps, Steelers peeps, happy hour peeps and confidantes. Part of living a healthy lifestyle is to enjoy moments with yourself and others – in any way you can! 

What does healthy living mean to you? What healthy habits do you engage in on a regular basis?

36 thoughts on “Friday Five: What Healthy Living Means to Me

    1. exactly. Even if you don’t have 60 minutes to spare for a workout, use the stairs, use 30, take a walk, etc. There are many ways to incorporate this into your lifestyle!

  1. This is a great list, Mar! Now that it’s crunch time for Marine Corps Marathon, I’ve really cleaned up my diet and have been really focusing on hydration. I feel so great! And I think it is so important to unplug! Adam and I sometimes have tech-free weekends and I love them. In fact, maybe we’ll do that this weekend… ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a good one!
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  2. to me, healthy living means holistic self care: physically, spiritually, emotionally, mentally. it means feeling balanced and in tune with myself; it means working out almost every day, and including a lot of running, because that’s what i love and makes me feel best about myself physically; it means talking to people i love every day (my family or friends); it means making decisions that i feel good about, with my body, my time, my money, and setting boundaries where i need.
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  3. These are all so important with living a healthy lifestyle. I’ve been trying to stay really positive lately. Trying to avoid negativity in my life. What’s the point if you only get one life. Might as well enjoy it as much as possible.

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