A Balanced Lifestyle is Achievable With Well Lived Magazine

Written by Marissa Foy Comerford, the Founder, Editor & Blogger behind Well Lived Magazine

I fell in love with wellness, fitness and nutrition at the age of 22 and haven’t looked back since.

But during my time exploring and embracing the field, I have found that parts of it can be intimidating, leaving aspiring fitness buffs unsure of where to even begin. I aim to be part of the solution, so I created Well Lived Magazine, a guide for the modern woman who wants to achieve a balanced lifestyle.

My entrance into wellness was a surprising development, to say the least, considering I didn’t know much about health and would routinely choose sweets over veggies. I played sports as a kid but was never an avid exerciser by choice. I remember dreading running sprints in lacrosse practice and hating the Presidential Physical Fitness Test day in elementary school. There were some false starts at running amid my desire to look like Britney Spears (pre-head shaving of course!), but nothing stuck. When I graduated college and started my professional life, I quickly realized my unhealthy lifestyle couldn’t last and I decided to make a change.

I started small, with 20-minute sessions on the treadmill in my parents’ basement and quickly found exercising made a big difference in how I felt, physically and mentally. Running gave me a new energy, and soon after I was starting to actually like it. Next I tackled nutrition. I learned about the concept of clean eating and saw how simple it was to base most of my food choices on whole, real foods. In the four years after college, I lost 30 pounds and gained a new sense of self. I have maintained a healthy weight and lifestyle for the last three years.

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Wellness is a great way to live – but it can also be hard.

Despite my successes, my journey to wellness was hard, and it still is. There are plenty of roadblocks and social scenarios that made it harder to stick to my goals. Fresh out of college, I didn’t want to miss out on the social scene at bars, nor did I want to be the girl ordering a garden salad on a first date. Once I met my now husband four years ago, I experienced the unfortunate phenomenon of “love chub,” putting on a few pounds from luxe dinners out (it’s gone now!). Now that I’m entering my 30s, I have new career and life demands that make it harder to fit in daily workouts.

I know I am not the only one to face these struggles. There is so much information out there and it can be hard to know where to start. Plus, “wellness” has become a bit of a buzzword and the meaning has become more complicated.

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Living a well life shouldn’t feel outside of our reach, though.

I have found myself through my wellness journey and I wanted to give that gift to others, too. Well Lived’s goal is to help you live a well life – minus the B.S. I believe wellness touches every aspect of our lives: fitness, nutrition, career, money, relationships and home. My primary goal is to make the concept of wellness more relatable, achievable and actually livable. I am a normal woman who found wellness and I want to show other women how to do the same. I love smoothies and champagne; spinach and pizza; kettlebells and chocolate. It’s all about balance and I want to encourage and inspire that balance in others!

As you may be able to tell, I love working out and exercise has been a huge component to my physical and emotional wellbeing. I feel so empowered when moving my body and challenging it in new ways, and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) has always been my go-to for a quick and effective workout that leaves me feeling like I can kick major butt in the day to come. This is one of my favorite HIIT routines that I designed for the blog. It’s quick but challenging and leaves you glowing all day long!

The HIIT Treadmill Routine You Need to Do at the Gym Today

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