Today’s post features a few key takeaways from a recent Wellness Your Way podcast interview. Find the full episode here and be sure to subscribe to Wellness Your Way so you don’t miss future episodes!
Guest Bio: Jen Rulon
Jen Rulon is a triathlon/fitness coach of 22+ years, author, speaker, and business owner. She received her Master’s Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science. Jen has coached more than 50 athletes and is a 15x Ironman Triathlete herself. You can find her knowledge shared in Triathlete Magazine, NY Times, Runners World, and on the TEDx stage.
Top Insights from Jen Rulon’s Interview
- You can deal with transitions in life better when you get rid of the noise. This noise can be family, friends, music, or anything else pulling you away from your best self. Once you get rid of the noise, you can be one with yourself.
- Listening to yourself is important. Meditation or having a consistent practice that helps bring you closer to yourself is key. For more on the benefits of meditation, check out this post, or to start gently with some breathing exercises, check out this one.
- Strength training can help build confidence emotionally and physically. Adding 2 days a week of strength training is a great way to start. Want Megan’s ideas on how to build a workout plan and the importance of strength training? Check them out here!
- As we age, strength training is crucial for the human body. We lose 3-6% of muscle mass every decade after the age of 30. After the age of 60 muscle loss progresses even more rapidly.
- If you’re concerned about getting “bulky” from strength training, add cardio to your routine. Cardio helps balance the muscle mass you may gain from strength training.
- Lifting weights is not as scary as one may think. The idea of strength training can be intimidating. The best advice is to just start! Begin with smaller dumbbells and weights and work your way up from there.
- Strength training doesn’t have to be fancy. If you don’t own weights, try a gallon of water, or lifting bags of dirt. You can even do air squats, pushups, lunges, and tricep dips using your body weight. The importance of strength training is huge – don’t let equipment hold you back!
- Drinking 32 ounces of water before coffee daily benefits the body. This helps the body detox and get ready for the day. See Megan’s Newsweek article on this topic here!
Want to hear the full episode, including the importance of doing what’s best for your life, why strength training is essential as we age, Jen’s strength training recommendations, and so much more?
Head over here to catch the full episode with Jen Rulon!
Now it’s your turn! What is one thing you learned from this interview?