As I mentioned in my #MotivateMe Monday post this week, our month is extremely busy because of the overlap between the softball season wrapping up, and the start of the girls’ hockey seasons so I haven’t really had much of a chance to think about any post topics for this week. Whenever I’ve been approached about how to find things to write about I often advise bloggers to look at their old posts and their stats to find out what posts get the most traffic, and then to try and write posts that elaborate on similar topics. So when I found myself stuck for a topic I decided to look through my own archives to see if something there would spark my creativity. Did you know that over the past almost 6 years that I’ve been blogging here as Fitness Cheerleader that I’ve published 957 posts?!? No wonder I occasionally run out of ideas 🙂
So with nothing else striking my fancy tonight, I’ve decided to share with you the:
10 most popular posts from my blog
Perhaps seeing what’s popular here will help you if you ever find yourself with a bad case of writer’s block? Or perhaps you may find some useful information from these posts?
Copied straight out of my stats, here are my top 10 blog posts of all time:
- 3 Best Exercises to Flatten Your Stomach
I wrote this post 2 years after having Amber to share some of the research and exercises I had found when I was working to “flatten” my own stomach. Admittedly the post title was strategic and was meant to draw traffic from google search. The 38,000 visits this post has received, far exceeded my wildest expectations and “how to flatten your stomach” remains the #1 search term that brings people to my blog.
- Strawberry/Banana/Spinach Protein Smoothie
Shortly before returning to work from my maternity leave with Amber I shared this simple strawberry/banana/spinach smoothie recipe that I drank pretty much everyday of my maternity leave (it is sooooooooo yummy!!). Perhaps the beauty of this post is it’s simplicity? It’s just a receipe and a pretty basic picture that was taken with my old iPhone 4.
- How To Lose the Muffin Top In 3 Weeks
Frustrated with the private messages I received regarding the 3 Best Exercises to Flatten Your Stomach post, I wrote this one as a follow up. It’s a great post about periodizing your workouts into hard and easy weeks, and hard and easy days to help prevent injuries and to avoid plateaus. It gives a sample 3 week cycle to help you become stronger and leaner. “Lose the Muffin Top” has also been a popular search term that has lead people to my blog.
- Peroneal Tendonitis – A Do-It-Yourself Rehab Plan for Runners and Other Athletes
As I was training for Ragnar SoCal in the Spring of 2013 my right peroneal tendon slowly began becoming more and more grumpy, the result of overtraining. After running my second leg in SoCal I could barely walk, then after limping through my third leg my peroneal tendon was in full-blown peeved off at me mode and I couldn’t walk. Once I returned home I followed a rehab plan that I created for myself and shared it here. This post has been wildly popular on Pinterest, and in google search. Perhaps I should write more posts about the rehab programs I follow for other injuries?
- Do’s & Don’ts for Doing a Color Run
This is one of my favourite posts. Two years ago I was asked by the Public Relations firm if I would be interested in participating in a Color Run and writing about it. I replied that I would love to, but could my daughters participate with me too? They thankfully replied yes. My daughters were crazy with excitement over doing the race with me. We picked out matching outfits and had a blast together at the event. The girls still talk about how much fun they had that day, especially little Amber. I ended up writing two posts about the event. This one was published before the event. It’s a summary of Do’s and Don’ts for doing a Color Run that I had received from other bloggers. Following the race I also shared our Color Run race recap but that post didn’t do nearly as well.
- Wordless Wednesday: Learn to Dance
This post hardly qualifies as a post at all, yet it received a ton of traffic from StumbleUpon. It’s just an image that I had created on my phone early one Wednesday morning a few years ago that I published as a Wordless Wednesday post. At the time my youngest was a baby and I had a horrible night with her waking up. I put the quote into an image to remind myself to enjoy all the moments in life with my children, even the opportunities to cuddle with them in the middle of the night. This is still one of my favourite quotes.
- How to Download FREE Workout Music
I wrote this post after a conversation with one of my friends about how I find “free” music for my workouts without chewing through my phone data streaming music. It’s an instructional on how to download music from SoundCloud. Although the post was written in 2012 the technique still works.
- 10 Week Half Marathon Training Plan
With only 10 weeks to go until an upcoming half marathon, I created this training plan for myself and shared it for anyone else looking for a 10 week half marathon training plan. I had no idea that the post would be shared so many times on Pinterest!
- 5 Health Benefits of Juicing + How to Juice Without a Juicer
As a new GoodLife Fitness Ambassador, I was asked to write a post that they would share in their member newsletter. I had recently watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead while cycling on my indoor trainer and was in a juicing phase so I wrote this post. I still occasionally juice, though not nearly as often as I did this past Spring when I wrote the post. Incidentally I ran my fastest half marathon ever that Spring, coincidence?
- Wordless Wednesday: 10 Easy Clean Eating Recipes I Found on Pinterest
I wrote this round up post because a lot of “clean” eating recipes are complicated and have a million really healthy ingredients that I’ve never heard of and have no idea where to buy. I had found these recipes and decided to share them with you. Quite truthfully the other reason why I shared the recipes is because round up posts bring in a lot of traffic 🙂
Thank you so much for walking through memory lane with me. I had fun sharing these posts with you, and I hope you had just as much fun reading them!