4 Reasons You Should Try Out a Health and Fitness Challenge

4 Reasons You Should Try Out a Health and Fitness Challenge | This Miss Cooks

Yesterday was the beginning of the Tone It Up 21 Day Challenge, which is a 3 week program put on by two fitness trainers that includes a general weekly workout guide, daily toning moves & a few healthy Fall recipes (heavy on the pumpkin spice). I’ll be participating for the most part this year, though I’m decidedly giving myself some flexibility around travel and Friendsgiving this weekend. It really got me thinking though about why I choose to do these challenge programs regularly, and I figured that there would be a few of you out there that are wondering the same. Continue reading

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Feeling Fine Friday: 5 Perfect Travel Workouts

5 Perfect Travel Workouts | This Miss Cooks

I’m going to assume you don’t need me to remind you that you can usually lace up those sneakers and go on a run while on vacation if that’s your thing. I honestly have a hard time running routes I’ve never been on before, so I put together a list of workouts that I can do without packing my entire home gym. You might also notice that none of these workouts are terribly long, either. I’d prefer to spend my vacation time with my loved ones, so I try to get in a quick workout in the morning to feel like my best version of myself and then just not worry about it while I celebrate or play or relax. Continue reading

Feeling Fine Friday: 5 Science Facts About Healthy Living

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I often spend days at a time wading through PubMed science articles in my lab that are incredibly specific to my little niche of research. Occasionally, though, I use my baller search term skills to answer some of my own questions about topics near and dear to my heart, namely: health outcomes, fitness and athletic injuries, effects of diet on behavior and body weight, and a personal favorite of debunking false claims.

Here are my favorite peer-reviewed articles and reviews that I’ve enjoyed reading throughout the week. If you have any questions on these topics or others, I love doing research! Remember though, I’m just a researcher poking about the annals of scientific history, not a medical professional. 😉

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How Do I Plan One Week of Workouts?

I am insanely schedule-driven. I love my calendars and my annotated lists and spreadsheets and just in general filling up my time productively. I know that internal motivation is where it’s at in the psychology research these days, but hot damn if I don’t get a real thrill out of crossing off to-dos one by one.

Planning one week of workouts Continue reading