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Running Playlist For A Fast-Paced Run

When it comes to a running playlist I need fast BPM's. I know many people who are able to run while listening to any type of music, watching tv or even reading. However, I am not one of those people. I learned very early on that my running playlist strongly influences my running pace. When I'm creating a playlist I look for energetic songs that have fast BPM's (beats per minute). A playlist that has songs with high tempos are going to keep me at a quick, even pace throughout my run. Which is exactly what I need! International flavour.…
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Why I Love Winter Running (And You Should Too!)

I love winter running. When I first started running in the summer of 2017, I was unsure about how running in the winter was going to go. While I happily live in Canada, I am not a fan of the cold and snow. Which is kind of too bad considering it is winter half of the time here. But after 2 months of running indoors on a treadmill, the pure boredom forced me to give winter running a real shot. And kind of surprisingly, I fell in love! I'll be honest, my first winter run was pretty hairy but that's…
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Easy Yoga Poses For Runners To Increase Performace

Easy yoga poses for runners. Yoga is one of those things that sounds more intimidating than it actually is. Sure, there are lots of crazy balancing and bending poses out there but that's just one side of yoga. There are lots of easy yoga poses that people of different abilities can do and benefit from. If I'm being honest, I think everyone should be doing yoga! Especially if you are an athlete, yoga can benefit your performance in so many ways. Why is yoga so great for runners? A lot of runners shy away from yoga because they fear they…
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7 Post-Workout Vegan Meal Ideas

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7 post-workout vegan meal ideas to refuel your body and soul. Okay, so I haven't talked about it much on the blog but, like, food is my favourite thing. I love to cook, I like enjoying food, and trying new flavours! And because I love cooking (and eating haha) I'm constantly looking for new vegan meal ideas. When I started working out more aggressively, I realized that what I ate before and after my workouts is pretty important. When I wasn't fuelling properly I was getting sluggish mid-workout, and then weak and sleepy if I didn't eat properly afterwards. So…
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Yoga Playlist For An Uplifting Practice

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Looking for a yoga playlist for an upbeat practice? I've got you covered! There are so many reasons to do yoga, and every session could potentially have a different intention. And sometimes you just need to listen to a yoga playlist with some chill beats and let yoga put you in a good mood. If you're like me, I'm always looking for new music! So below is my current playlist for an uplifting yoga session. ┬áPlaylist for a deep chill. So, when I'm making a playlist I want music that is meditative yet upbeat. I want to zen out a…
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When Anxiety And Depression Threaten Your Fitness Goals

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Anxiety and depression are the worst. There's really no other way to say it. Mental illness effects every single aspect of one's life. It affects how you see yourself, your physiology and how you experience the world around you. And if you're a chronic sufferer (like me!), managing your anxiety and depression takes up a large part of your day-to-day. So, this is a little bit of a self-serving post. Yes, I want to share what helps me and hopefully help others. But also, I'm hoping this post connects me with other women who have chronic anxiety and depression and…
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Yoga Essentials For Your Beginner Home Practice

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Everyone needs a few yoga essentials to set up your own home practice. If you follow The Plant Fit Life, you may have read a previous post about starting your own yoga home practice. That post discussed yoga fundamentals and your physical practice. This post, however, is about the yoga essentials and gear you can use to get the most out of your home practice. What you ABSOLUTELY need. Now, I'm sure there are some super cheap, DIY ways to create your yoga essentials but honestly, I'm not that person. But if that is what you're looking for, there are…
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10 Steps To Setting Achievable Fitness Goals

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Setting fitness goals can be a challenge of you've never done it successfully before. Weight-loss, regardless of how much you have to lose, takes hard work, patience and dedication. Which is something that is easy to say but much more difficult to do. Because even with the best of intentions, without a concrete plan, reaching weight-loss and/or fitness goals can be extremely difficult. Or most likely, impossible. Think about it. How many times have you heard of someone reaching a fitness or weight-loss goal without a plan in place? Most people set a number in their head that they want…
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5 Ways To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

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Nothing ruins the holidays faster than holiday weight gain. Especially if you're currently in the middle of your weight loss journey. For most people, the holidays mean being surrounded food and lots of it! For me, this used to be a source of stress during the holidays. Or even worse, I wouldn't stress and I would indulge and 'worry' about it in January. Which is kind of a negative way to enter the New Year, I think. But it really doesn't have to be that way! Like anything in life, with a little bit of planning, holiday weight gain doesn't…
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Signing Up For My First 10km Race

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Last week I signed up for my first 10km race! I've been talking about my goal of running a 10km race for a few months now. Actually, I've been talking about a race pretty much since I started running again. But as everyone knows, there is a big difference between talking about something and putting down the money and committing. And knowing that race prices will be going up in a few weeks, I knew it was time to make a real commitment and dedicate my training to a specific race. Either that or pay an extra $25 dollars for…
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