National Health Through Fitness Day – Hit the Mud with Holly!

General | Mar 13th, 2013

Holly

Remember those days when you were a kid and your mother told you to stop playing in the mud? Well, I’m here to say: forgot what your momma said! You can get downright dirty – all in the name of good exercise and fun, of course!

I’m talking about mud races. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, a mud run is basically an awesome adventure that has you running through different obstacles, some of which involve…you guessed it…mud! It’s the perfect mix of fun and physical activity. Mud races vary but the one I participated in was a 5k obstacle course that includes things like running through mud rivers, climbing cargo nets, jumping over fires – the list goes on! The great thing about mud races is you don’t have to be a serious athlete or in top-notch shape; there are many first-timers and amateurs wading through the mud. Plus, many races plan a big after-party for participants that involves free food and drinks and live bands (just in case, you need an extra push).

I’m telling you this because I want to highlight to you how different and interesting exercising can be. You don’t have to limit yourself to running on a treadmill or cardio – those are great but they might not do the trick for everyone. However, mud runs – like gym membership and other runs – require an entry fee. That’s where the PHIT Act steps. This legislation that is being decided upon in Congress, would reimburse Americans for physical expenses they are currently paying for such as organized running event registration fees, health club memberships, exercise classes, etc. This is a great tool for everyone who wants to be in their best physical shape but dread the hurt this does to your wallet. Support the PHIT Act today!

1)      How do you stay fit?

I’ve been running for about 2 years consecutively now. I’ve run in numerous half-marathons, mud races, and I am going to be running my first full marathon (the NY Marathon) in November! I’ve also been working with a personal trainer for the past 3-4 months now, (IFBB Pro Diana Becker, she’s the best!) and she’s gotten me a lot more into weight lifting as well!

2)      What’s your fitness goal?

I plan on running a half-marathon in under 2 hours (and a full marathon in under 4½ hours…hopefully!) My weight lifting goals include ways of becoming more toned and fit, especially with summer coming up! I am also currently looking into the possibility of becoming a certified personal trainer.

3)      What is your favorite healthy meal?

I try to change it up so I don’t get too bored with the same thing, but I do eat grilled chicken almost every day for lots of protein. I also like to experiment with different recipes I find online made with healthy ingredients. For example, I love a pancake (who doesn’t!) and you’d be surprised with how many different – and healthy – ways you can make them! Healthy foods do not have to be boring!

4)      How do you manage to squeeze exercising into your busy schedule?

It’s definitely challenging and requires a lot of motivation! I work out 6 days a week right now, with a mix between weights and cardio. I do my weight training at the gym at 5:30am…there are a lot less people then and I can take my time, plus it gives me more energy to start my day! I do my cardio workouts in the evening, and  long runs on Saturday mornings. It’s definitely something that has become routine to me, and it does require a lot of personal time. You just need to be ready for that!

5)      What fitness gear from Modell’s can you not live without?

I love Nike and Under Armour Dri-Fit apparel! And definitely my purple Harbinger workout gloves!

We here at Modell’s strongly encourage physical activity as way to not only look good, but feel good. The PHIT Act can help you achieve this while also helping you save money for other aspects of your life – what’s not to love?! Stay tuned to hear more Modell’s associates discuss their healthy lifestyles!