If I told you that the best form of recovery wasn't your foam roller, massage therapist or favorite chocolate protein shake, would you believe me? Although those tools can offer benefits, the best form of recovery is actually, drum roll please... sleep.Read More
Over the past few weeks, I've been training for a spring half-marathon. Aside from battling the plague last week, this has been the first training cycle I haven't missed a workout. Yes, there have been times when I'd rather scroll Instagram instead of working out and many Saturdays when I didn't feel motivated to get out of bed. However, instead of just relying on motivation, I created better habits to be more disciplined so scrolling never wins (even when I'm lacking motivation).Read More
It’s time to ditch the diet! And when I say diet I don’t mean restrictions that are necessary for religious/moral beliefs or medical conditions. I mean the mentality that certain foods should be labeled as “bad” and vehemently avoided. This is the year to make peace with your body and not purse weight loss.Read More
There are days when I can get up and crush a workout without thinking twice and then there are days when I have to convince myself to get moving. I say to myself, “this bed is so cozy! I’ll just do it after work!” or “let’s just make today rest day, okay?”.
I’m not saying I should ignore my body when it actually needs rest, I’m specifically talking about when my mind tells my body that staying in bed is better than doing my workout.Read More
As we reflect on how amazing the year has been, we can’t help but feel excitement for what’s to come in 2019. Not only have we created goals for City Fit Girls, we’ve also thought about areas we’d like to develop in. Here’s what we’re thinking:Read More
Do you remember AOL Dial Up? You had to snag a trial disc, download the software onto Windows and then connect your computer to the internet (via dial up) when you wanted to surf the web. You could literally hear your computer slowly connecting while you waited patiently.Read More
The reason I talked about prioritizing mental health last week was because I felt the need to dig a little deeper after my body started acting a bit strange. Even beyond my ankle injury, my body literally felt like it was shutting down.Read More
A few weeks ago, I told you all that I fell during a run. I was hoping that it was just a little swelling but it turned out to be a stress fracture and now I'm in a boot for 6-8 weeks. Not only did this injury derail my half-marathon training, it also has taken a toll on my mental health. I'm feeling pretty bummed that I can't commit to my normal fitness routine and now I realize how much physical activity contributes to my mental state.Read More
This was supposed to be a post about me running my longest distance since February 2017. While I am extremely proud of that, I’m going to use this opportunity to practice getting over one of my fears - being vulnerable (blah).Read More
This post was originally featured in City Fit Girls newsletter #147 for the week of September 24, 2018. We know you've read the articles, browsed the books, and maybe even listened to podcasts about how running and physical activity can improve your mental health.Read More
This post was originally featured in City Fit Girls newsletter #146 for the week of September 17, 2018. It’s three affirmations that I use to help build confidence. If you have affirmations that you’d like to share, I’d love to hear from you. Share your affirmations in the comments below.Read More
In last week's newsletter, I opened up about my experience with therapy. I'll admit it, I wasn't sure if I should get this personal in our newsletter but because of the stigma associated with therapy and mental health, I decided to share my experience in hopes that it could help someone else.
If you haven't joined City Fit Girls, you can sign-up today so that you get our updates every Monday morning.Read More
We seem to spend the months leading up to the dreaded mid-April tax deadline preparing for the IRS and the state to tell us whether they want a piece of our savings or not. But once tax season is over, then what? How can we make sure that we’re taking care of our money with as much diligence throughout the year as we do when it’s tax time?
Let’s look at four things you can start right now, before it’s time to face our taxes again:Read More
Have you ever tried or considered trying meditation? Meditation is known for reducing stress, improving concentration and increasing happiness.
City Fit Girls traded in our Saturday workout for a meditation class with Vitality, a boutique meditation studio in the Fishtown neighborhood in Philadelphia.
Prior to attending class at Vitality, the only guided meditation I tried before was with the Headspace and Calm app so I was very excited to experience a session led by an instructor that I can see surrounded by other students.Read More
If you know Kiera and I, you know we're suckers for a good podcast. A few months ago, we told you that Alison Desir, the founder of Run 4 All Women was releasing a podcast called Find Meaning on the Run.
We're excited to announce that Alison invited us on her podcast and you can listen to our episode via Apple or below on Soundcloud. We chat about how we started City Fit Girls, mental health, our future plans for the group and other topics that we think you'll enjoy. Give it a listen and be sure to share it with your family and friends.Read More
You wouldn’t know it if you live in the path of the recent Nor’easter, but Spring has sprung! And with the promised sunshine on the way, what better time to start reviewing your finances so that you'll be set for the rest of the year.
The warmer weather will have you ready to head to brunches, happy hours, and maybe even a shopping trip or two (or four), but wait! Before you start spending, you should take a step back to see a big picture of your finances.
Keep reading to learn five things you can do TODAY (without spending a dime) to get control of your finances.Read More
If you've been following along our Instagram or Facebook, you know that we asked the women in City Fit Girls to share their fitness and wellness stories with us throughout the entire month of March. If you missed the first week, click here to check out the recap.
Otherwise, keep reading to learn about (and be inspired by) the women we highlighted between March 5th - March 11th.Read More