Marathon analogy

Marathon analogy
02 Dec

In marathon terms, we are at mile 20 with regard to the Covid pandemic. You’re tired and ready for it to be over. But you’re not a quitter; you know that if you stick to the original plan you’ll get through this. The finish line is ahead…. don’t give up!
I hope that we all can feel this happy at 12:01am on Jan. 1

Need a plan to start out the New Year, send me an email at phyllis@strongbystrand.com and we can get you set up.

Cheerfully yours,

Coach Phyllis

Inspiration

29 Nov

This year has been a real test for everyone and I am sending all of the squad a huge HUG and hope you stay well.

I started to think about what Strong By Strand means. It has become my platform to share my helath and wellness journey in the hope that I help someone else along the way.

Thats a pretty lofty goal and one that I did not take very seriously, and that changes now. I am committing to making this the best platform it can be so be on the lookout for lots of new content.

I promise no doomscrolling or difficult phyical challenges will be coming your way. The best way forward is one step at a time and with this blog and a each other we can keep moving in the right direction.

Stay Strong,

Coach Phyllis

Fall Hiking in the woods

Fall Hiking in the woods
15 Nov

November is the best time of year to hike in the woods and see all the Fall leaves. There are so many colors to see around you. The ground isn’t the usual brown or green because its covered with the Fall leaves. This year the squirrels have been extra busy gathering acorns, there are not as many around to collect. I hope does not mean we are in for a chilly winter with lots of snow. Where is your favorite place to hike? Here is a link to my favorite spots in CT. Get out there soon before the cold winter comes.

This blog post was written in collaboration with Declan.

Veterans Day 2020

Veterans Day 2020
11 Nov

Being from the Washington DC area, we always observed Veterans Day in a big way. There was always a parade in DC and the president layed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. ( I am sure that they still takes place)

To celebrate this date in my way, I thought I would commemorate the day by sharing some fun facts that I tearned about Veterans Day.

  • 18.2 million living veterans served during at least one war as of 2018.
  • 9 percent of veterans are women.
  • 7 million veterans served during the Vietnam War.
  • 3 million veterans have served in support of the War on Terrorism.
  • Of the 16 million Americans who served during World War II, about 496,777 were still alive as of 2018.
  • Connecticut was home to the highest percentage of World War II veterans as of 2018 at 7.1 percent.

So as you are going about your day today and if you see an American flag take a minute and send a “thank you for your service” thought out into the world. I know I will!

If you are surprized that this post did NOT include a workout, please leave me a comment below !

missing the Zzzzs

09 Nov

Probably not the best week to start any kind of wellness routine. I did pretty well on everything except the sleeping part. My maryruth organics sleep could not even help ! It have been very hard to turn off social media two hours before bedtime. So the good thing is that you can always start over. In case you haven’t read all these tips before, here are some good ones to help you get a restful nights sleep.

  1. Stick to a sleep schedule. Set aside no more than eight hours for sleep
  2. Pay attention to what you eat and drink. Don’t go to bed hungry or stuffed.  
  3. Create a restful environment. Create a room that’s ideal for sleeping. Temp shoud be between 60- 65 digress
  4. Limit daytime naps. One of those WFH habits that took over for the two hour boozy lunches.
  5. Include physical activity in your daily routine. 30 minutes is the sweet spot
  6. Manage worries. Lots of deep breathes and meditation.

If you need help with a fitness routine, reach out to me and I can work with you to get. you started. If you have any good sleeping tips, I would love to hear them.

VOTE

03 Nov

I was thinking this morning about the first presidential election that I was eligible to vote in. I had to look it up because I did not remember it! I think that this election will be alot different for any first time voter.

The pandemic has changed everything. It has always been important to vote and have a say in your local representatives but looking back on the several times I have voted, i never felt this much of a focus on the election.

So on Tuesday this will be my strategy.

No Doomscrolling. 

Doomscrolling is endlessly reading bad news story after bad news story, and understandably can leave you feeling… bad.

I will set aside a block of time to look at the news once or twice a day and go directly to a source I can trust. It can be tempting to see other perspectives on the same story, but that can lead to more anxiety.

Exercise

This is my go to for most everything anyway so why not?

November

02 Nov

Yesterday, I had planned to run the TCS NYC marathon for the second time. It is the 50th anniversary of the race and I started running at 50 so it all works. Since signing up in Jan 2020 alot has changed. The race went virtual, along with any and all training races I had planned.

So instead of running, I am going to join in on a fitness challenge that starts today.

Join me and Its totally do able!

Click here – https://grownstrong.com/blogs/health-fitness

We know what you’re thinking, it’s too good to be true but check out the

 5 easy steps below: 

Drink ½ bodyweight in ounces of water per day 

Eat a protein source at each meal or snack 

Have a handful of veggies at least 3 times a day 

Sleep at least 7 hours a night 

Commit to 10 minutes of movement a day 

Sign up for the free and track your progess via social media by using the hashtag #gsfallchallenge and #strongbystrand!

I will be cheering you on!

Virtual conference

Virtual conference
26 Oct

This weekend I had a great time attending the Succeed AFS virtual conference. It was a free event and you could upgrade for a very reasonable 35.00 to have access to all the presentations for three months. The main focus was on how fitness studios have adapted in response to the pandemic. I am not a studio owner but I was able to get alot of insight on how people are looking to interface with the fitness industry providers.

Strongbystrand has been a mainly focused on the running community but will be expanding into strength and nutrition in the coming weeks. I would love to know what you would like to have more content about, just reach out via email or leave a comment below.

Fitness al fresco

Fitness al fresco
20 Oct

As a rowhouse instructor, I have my own perspective on the points brought up in this article https://www.vox.com/21515865/group-fitness-outdoor-workouts-online.

I have been coaching four classes a week, two indoor and two outdoor. I coach in Westport CT so we were allowed to open with studio social distancing and cleaning procedures. We also offer outdoor options via zoom for anyone to the indoor classes. The adoption of the outdoor classes has been very strong. It appears that this group is more comfortable with the outdoor option, especially for first timers.

I too am concerned about the colder weather, but as a runner, I am used to working out outside in all kinds of weather. The mental health benefits of going to a group class that are pointed out in this article make sense to me. I encourage anyone to find an outdoor fitness class ( before the snow flies) and soak up all those good vibes. It will help fuel your online classes and keep you motivated.

Community is still a thing, lets try and keep it working.

Row House coach

18 Jan

There has been an update in my fitness journey . I am a Row House coach in Westport CT. My day job in advertising is super supportive of a work life balance and that allows me the confidence to coach classes three days a week at 5 30 am. My new mantra is ” its ok if you are busy as long as you are happy”. I am both! BUSY and HAPPY

I wanted to re start the blog as I enter my 10th year of my wellness transformation. Time truly does fly when you are having fun!

MileHigh Run club is awesome!

MileHigh Run club is awesome!
11 Feb

Hey Squad,

If you live in the NY area and love to run, you have to check out the MileHigh Run club.  The first class is free so you can see if its the kind of class that you like before committing any boutique class dollars.  My daughter Laura (the wind beneath all my running) went to the class via classpass and told me about it.  She had a great experience.

Truthfully, I had heard of the club before and wasnt all that interested in it. Boy was I wrong.  The class was amazing.  I took the Dash class which was about 30 minutes of running and then full body weight work. ( squats, lunges, planks and kettlebell work)

It has been my quiet goal to along with not getting injured, to gain some speed this year.  I know its tougher at my age, but everything I read said its possible.  I asked the coach afterward if my pace goal was attainable and she said YES!

So, I will be back.  I am going to go at least once a week during my spring marathon training that starts on Monday ( EEK!)

Check it out and let them know I sent you.

Cheerfully yours,

 

Phyllis4fitness