If you haven't already heard, this September, Erica, the YMC team, and I will be running the RBC Run For The Kids in support of Sunnybrook Family Navigation Project to aid families of children with mental health issues. We even have a simple, progressive plan to get you from couch to 5K by September so you can join us!
Often, squeezing in that 30-60 minutes to jog, walk, or hit a fitness class each day is time enough to carve out of a busy mummy's schedule without adding exercise nutrition to that time-crunched equation. I TOTALLY get that. I am lucky that exercise is a part of my job, and finding time to do some running, stretching, or attend a yoga class on my own time takes extra commitment. I try to build active pursuits into our family time to lessen the load on my shoulders and make exercise simply a part of our lifestyle, instead. This weekend we swam on Saturday and spent Sunday on the Toronto Islands walking and playing, with a 10K quadricycle ride to cap it off (Have you seen these things? They are awesome. And heavy.).
So when you have made that time for your run and need something quick to replenish carbohydrates, plus provide protein and fat to feed your muscles and nervous system (that means your addled mummy brain...), and keep you full, consider this shake recipe.
I guarantee it will fill you up, keep you full and leave you with no artificial sweetener aftertaste or chalky cottonmouth like a protein powder might.
Peanut Butter Banana Post-Run Shake
(also makes a great breakfast on the go)
Combine in a blender and whirl until totally smooth. Drink up! This shake contains about 20 grams of protein — no un-food/powder required.
Be sure you are not over-fueling for your workouts! Find out when your post-workout nutrition might be sabotaging your results.
Everyone starts somewhere. Even a couch potato can run a 5k.
As a trainer I hear the question “Am I fit enough to do this?” or “What if I can’t do it all?”
Sometimes, getting started is the hardest part.
Admitting you need some coaching or advice can be a difficult practice in humility, and once you’ve realized you need support the challenge is in finding the right resource — coach, support group, book, program — to get you to where you need to be.
Entrusting your own health to someone is hard enough. Putting your child’s health into someone else’s hands is supremely difficult. It’s just not the kind of task you want to rely on the old Google machine for.
But that’s just the problem that Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre identified among the families entering its Youth Psychiatry Division. Most of us can ask a trusted family friend for a paediatric recommendation, or check the testimonials on a dentist’s website and feel alright about that first appointment. What if your child needs a psychologist?
It can be difficult to talk about, even in 2013, but mental health issues are as serious as any other health issues of the body. As many as two million Canadian youth struggle with mental health issues and yet only one in five will get specialized treatment, in large part because families don’t know where to go, how to determine or how to find the services their children need.
Enter Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, which houses the largest Youth Psychiatry Division in Canada and oversees North America’s largest mood and anxiety disorders clinic for adolescents. Their planned Family Navigation Project will pair families with “navigators” — experts on the Canadian mental health-care system — who can provide patients with a better understanding of their options and how to access them. The Family Navigation Project is not just a way to find the right treatment option. The navigator will make tailored recommendations, follow through to ensure the plan is working, and re-evaluate if it’s not.
As every trainer, teacher, or coach knows, a plan is the first step to overcoming a challenge.
I’m sure you’ve faced a physical challenge you felt overwhelmed by — Childbirth? Exercise during pregnancy? Core work after a c-section? Strength training after a back injury?
The Royal Bank of Canada and Sunnybrook have partnered together to create the RBC Run for the Kids, a unique fundraising event in support of the Family Navigation Project.
The RBC Run for the Kids takes place over an entire weekend on September 21 and 22 and includes three different ways to get involved for all fitness levels and ages:
A fun 5km run/walk — open to all ages, individuals, families, teams
An exciting 15km Youth Challenge — for youth 18 years of age and younger
An inspiring 25km race — seasoned runners can go beyond the half marathon
I’d like to challenge you all to come out and join me and the YMC crew at the RBC Run for the Kids this September! I’ll be there with my little ones, ready to run. But I won’t just leave you hanging…
Let me guide you! Here is the plan you’ll need to get you from couch to 5K in two months. This plan is based on the running program we use for Belly Bootcamp clients, and it works wonders!
Begin each of the following workouts with a brisk walk until you feel you’ve broken a sweat and your heart is beating moderately quickly (you shouldn’t feel exhausted during your warm up, just revved up). Finish with a cool down walk and stretch the muscles of the legs before you head inside (No one stretches once they’re already inside… trust me.).
Perform each week’s workouts 3 times, and aim to leave a day in between for some cross training: strength training, cycling, yoga, and whatever makes you feel like a rock star.
Watch for upcoming strength training moves to help prevent injury as you ramp up your running, and to strengthen and tone those legs for a lifetime of running, racing, and generally looking awesome in shorts.
And remember the point of all this, besides getting fitter, faster, and having a great time.
Like RBC Run For the Kids on Facebook and show your support for families just like yours, facing mental health issues.
Sign up for the RBC Run For the Kids and join Team YMC — together we can train for fitter bodies, healthy hearts and healthier Canadian kids!
See you at the starting line!
This is proudly sponsored by our friends at RBC Run for the Kids.
The Royal Bank of Canada and Sunnybrook have partnered together to create the RBC Run for the Kids — a unique fundraising event in support of the Family Navigation Project — a first-of-its-kind program to help Canadian families navigate the complex web of mental health services. Click here for more information and to register!