How Going Vegan Has Changed My Fitness + My Favorite Exercises8:30 AM
Since going vegan, I've noticed an incredible shift in how I feel, especially during exercise. I used to dread workouts, I couldn't run more than a mile or so without needing a walking break, and I was never motivated to do a spontaneous workout. But since transitioning to a vegan lifestyle, I've seen a few major results in my fitness.
I can run now! I mean, I could 'run' before, but it's now an actual enjoyable experience. Before my first run after my vegan transition, I planned out designated walking breaks throughout the run, and I was shocked when I didn't need any of them. That was the first time I'd finished a run without stopping, and I felt great! Less tired, less short of breath, and like I could keep on going if I wanted to.
I've also felt so much more motivated- I don't think I ever used to randomly go out for a jog because I felt like it. Now I'm having fun exploring the hiking trails near my home and more often than not, I feel up to some activity.
Some of my favorite workouts are:
Running- This is a newfound love! I honestly used to complain that I hated running, but it's fun for me now! I love the rush of endorphins afterwards, and my new stamina has really been a huge factor in my new hobby.
Dance- I'm a horrible dancer. But my favorite stress release is locking myself in a room, putting on some great music (currently that's Lemonade), and dancing like no one is watching, because no one is watching. And make sure it's a room without mirrors, because I've caught a glimpse of myself dancing in the mirror and it kind of kills the mood.
Pilates- Every day, without fail, I will do my pilates circuit and my long (usually 4 mins) plank. It's great to keep a strong core, and all you need is a floor- no exercise clothes needed. I do this in my pajamas before bed sometimes.
Yoga- I used to do yoga daily, and to be honest, I've fallen out of that routine. Now I just do a few poses before bed to help me relax and relieve some tension.
Hope this post was helpful!
Written by Julia from Little Miss Haute Couture