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The Fitness Advice That I Wish I Had Followed

Health and fitness advice is literally everywhere I turn: on TV, the newspaper, magazines, the doctor’s office, product packaging, social media, blogs, and even unsolicited from friends, family, co-workers random strangers etc… We are literally BOMBARDED with tips and tricks that will supposedly get us into the best shapes of our lives… FOREVER!


Some tips are great, while some are not so great. Some have scientific research behind them, while others are based on myths.

However, amongst all the rubbish tips, there have been two that I received that I really wish I had followed:

1. Strengthen your core.
One night while preparing for my waitressing shift about 16 years ago, I bent over to put on my shoes and my left lower back immediately spasmed – I sprained a ligament in my Sacro-iliac (SI) joint. I went to a chiropractor for awhile (yanno, just until I no longer had daily pain…). He told me that my back was lordotic – my hammys and core were weak, and my quads were too strong in comparison, causing a muscle imbalance. He gave me a bunch of core strengthening exercises that I did until my pain went away, but that was pretty much it. I do ab exercises when the class I’m attending does them, but I rarely go out of my way to strengthen my core muscles, and as a result they’re weak. I would be a MUCH stronger and faster runner with less injuries had I kept up with the core exercises.

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2. Be consistent.
I have had so many starts and stops with my fitness that it isn’t funny. I guess in a way we all have. I wish I had followed the advice to be consistent. I have had to re-build my endurance to run a half marathon too many times to count. I could write a beginner’s guide to running a half marathon from all the times I had to re-start. I really wish I had stayed consistent – I can only imagine how fast of a runner I would be now. I imagine what I’d be like if I had stayed with strength training, core workouts, speed and endurance work… What if I had just kept on improving until I reached the maximum of my genetic ability?

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I feel that life, health and fitness, is a process of continual self-improvement – if I’m not working to improve, then I’m simply waiting for failure. Perhaps a personal failure, injury or failure of my organs. This is just a current thought/belief based on my goal of trying to qualify for the Boston Marathon, but truthfully, it’s where my brain is now. I want to achieve this goal so BADLY! I wish I had followed the two fitness tips that I shared above because perhaps right now I would have either already qualified for Boston, or I would have much less further improvements to try and make for this falls first BQ attempt.

Now it’s your turn…
What health or fitness advice do you wish you had followed?

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  • Jen @ Pretty Little Grub
    March 21, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    I wish I had listened to my physiotherapist a couple years ago and strengthened my hips. I perpetually get injured all because of weak hips. As soon as the pain is gone, so go my exercises. It’s a terrible habit of mine.

    • Janice
      March 22, 2014 at 8:16 pm

      That’s exactly what I’m working on with my trainer, strengthening my glute med muscles and improving my hip stability. I’ll have to remember to keep doing these exercises when my 52 training sessions are done.

  • Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
    March 22, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    I wish I had added in strength training years ago. It probably would have prevented injuries.

    • Janice
      March 22, 2014 at 8:14 pm

      I have a hard time motivating myself to strength train as well – running is just so much more fun!

  • Launna
    March 22, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    I wish I had strengthened my core… this is one that I am going to really start working on next week, with my sister… I agree that this will help me down the road, I had thought about doing a 10k this spring but I am not sure I can get enough training in by then, I am going to do a 5K though. I’ll let you know how the strength training goes… I love my cardio so this is going to be work for me… 🙂

  • Sarah
    March 24, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Completely agree with keeping a strong core! I found this one out the hard way when I had developed other muscles and my core was lacking. It sucks to go back and strengthen something you should have been doing all along.

  • Jacqueline J
    March 24, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    The consistency one rings extremely true for me, I have lost and gained weight so many times its not even funny!
    I have recently lost a bunch of weight and am trying lots of new foods that I know I would like and are healthy for me.
    Also my workouts are shorter to allow me to be very consistent. Definitely one I wish i knew before! That is my biggest focus now 🙂

  • Abby
    March 30, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    I need to get back into the mind set to improve and work on the core strength as well.

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