Sweat Cycle Soul Review

For me, a good workout leaves me sweaty and sore. At my most recent sweat session at Sweat, Cycle & Soul, I definitely felt the burn! I’m not sure why but sometimes I crave a good day-after workout soreness. To me that means I’ve pushed myself out of my comfort zone and I’m working muscles that I haven’t been normally working.

I often get stuck in a workout rut doing the same exercises over and over so I decided to give a class at Sweat, Cycle & Soul a try. The studio features classes in yoga, pilates, spinning & TRX. I took a TRX class and what a workout that was! If you haven’t heard of TRX, it’s a suspension cable that hangs down from above you. This training tool uses gravity and your body weight for a full-body strength workout. What I loved about it was that with the simple change of an angle you could make the workout harder or easier for you depending on what your body was feeling that day.

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The class I took was taught by the owner Kelly. You could really tell her passion for fitness throughout the class. She ALWAYS had a smile on her face and her energy was contagious. We started the class with a quick 5 minute warmup on a spinning bike. At the beginning of each class, a motivation is set as the intention for class and what you’ll focus on for the duration of the time. I really liked this aspect of class because it reminds you to take time out for yourself and focus on your mind, body and soul. We focused on persistence during class. It was a good word to focus on throughout class as my tired little body wanted to give up a few times but I kept reminding myself to stick with it.

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Then it was time to get down to class and we spent the rest of the class doing 3 rounds of upper body and lower body exercises with the TRX bands. Kelly explained every exercise we were doing so it was easy to follow along. It’s a small class size which meant she could give individualized attention to each person and make sure they were doing the exercise correctly. We used the band for different squats, pushups, pull-ups, planks and more. Overall, I really enjoyed doing TRX. It was a welcomed change from my normal strength training which can be monotonous and a little boring at times. I felt like every muscle in my body was working during each of the exercises.

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Sweat, Cycle & Soul has other classes too that I’m really looking forward to trying this summer. There’s a couple of different spinning and strength classes that are right up my alley!

DISCLAIMER :: Sweat, Cycle and Soul provided me a free class. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

QUESTION // What’s your favorite workout to do?

Lincoln National Guard Half Marathon Recap

Some days you have good running days and others are bad ones. Yesterday was a bad one for me.

Lincoln Half Marathon 2015

I mentioned in my yearly goals post awhile back that I wanted to run this half marathon in 2 hours. That didn’t happen. In fact, I didn’t even come close. I’m I bummed? Yeah I am. I’m really competitive with myself and I wanted to reach that goal so badly but some things came up that just got in the way of my goal.

Lincoln Half Marathon 2015

Starting with the night before the race. One of our dogs, Madison, has become petrified of thunderstorms. After an hour of sleep, I woke up to her pacing, panting and shaking in bed. My husband was out of town and he’s the dog whisperer who can calm her down but I had no luck. I tried everything I could to get her to go back to sleep but nothing helped. So we sat awake in bed waiting for the storms to pass. After all was said and done, I got about 3 hours of sleep #fail.

My next #fail moment came as I was driving to the race. It’s in Lincoln which is about 50 mins from our house. at 5:40 am, when I was about 10 minutes away, I realized I FORGOT MY RUNNING SHOES AT HOME. Way to go Ashley. Enter panic mode as I debated about driving back home, which I could have done, but I was worried about finding parking since I would arrive back just as the race was starting. Since it takes 45 minutes for all the pace groups to leave the start line I knew it was a possibility to make it back home but I didn’t want to risk it. Instead, I found the nearest 24 hour Walmart and bought a $22 pair of running shoes. Honestly, they weren’t horrible to run in. But I do have massive blisters all over my feet now.

Lincoln Half Marathon 2015

My final #fail moment came in the leading days up to the race. The forecast called for a high of 88 degrees and that is unseasonably high for this time of the year. I had prepared for it to be 30-40 degrees at the start which is the perfect race temperature for me. Instead it was 65 degrees with 80% humidity.

To those who don’t run, this may seem like an ideal running temperature but it’s not. When you run, your body thinks it’s 20 degrees warmer than the temperature outside. I thought I would be able to push through it, but after 2 miles I felt my face on fire and decided to stop running with 2:10 pace group. I could tell I was already overheating so I stopped and took off my compression sleeves and decided that slow and steady wins the race.

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I had to take way more walking breaks than I ever have before and honestly I thought about dropping out a few times because I just couldn’t handle the sun in the cloudless sky beating down on me. Could I have pushed myself to run a little bit more? Yeah I probably could. But, to me, my health and safety was more important than getting a PR today.

Lincoln Half Marathon 2015

Lincoln Half Marathon 2015

While I’m still a little bummed over my performance, my husband reminded me that I finished and that’s the most important thing. At the expo on Saturday, I was talking to a woman who asked if I was running the full marathon. I respond with “No, just the half.” She looked me square in the eye and said “No, it’s not just a half, you’re running THE HALF!.” That really stuck with me as I ran today. If running 13.1 miles were easy, then everyone would do it.

Lincoln Half Marathon 2015

So, here’s to earning another medal and knowing that there are plant of more half marathons in the future where I can reach my goal.

What To Eat For Running Fuel

When I first began running, I had no idea how important eating the right fuel before, during and after a run would be. It didn’t take me long to realize how essential each of these are to give your body the fuel it needs to get through and recover from a long run. Over the years I’ve learned what works for me and wanted to share some of these ideas with you. Remember though, what works for me may not work for you. Experiment with different foods to see what helps you to perform your best.

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I think it’s extremely essential to have a little something in your stomach before you run. It doesn’t have to be anything big, but sticking to a protein and carb will help give you the fuel you need to run. My go-to race morning breakfast is 2 pieces of wheat toast and peanut butter. I don’t like to  have a full stomach before I run and this is just enough to help me get going before I run without making me feel sick.

When it comes to fuel during a run, I only worry about eating something if I know I’m going to be running longer than an hour. I stick to a snack that is 50-100 calories and is easy to eat and digest. I’m not a fan of the texture of the gu packets so I stick to a gummy running fuel instead. Clif Shot Bloks are easy to break off and eat while you run. Two of my other favorites are Jelly Belly Sport Beans and Sharkies because both are in small enough bags that fit into your pocket shorts.

It’s also so important to stay hydrated during your run. I like to carry a water bottle with me while I run just in case I get thirsty and there’s no where to stop to get a drink. I only drink a few sips of water after I finish each mile. When I’m running a race, I alternate each mile with water and then a sports drink. Gatorade is my favorite but if you don’t like certain kinds of sports drinks, check out what the race course will be serving before you get to the start line of the race. You’ll want to be prepared with what you like to drink just in case the race is handing out a sports drink you don’t like.

Finally after a long run, don’t forget to fuel your body back. I know it’s easy to want to relax and take a nap, but it’s essential to get something into your stomach. Again, everybody is different so try out some different foods to see what your body likes. Quest bars are one of my favorite things to eat, especially the cookie dough flavor!

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QUESTION // What’s your favorite treat to eat after you run?

What to Wear to Pure Barre

About a month ago, I signed up for 6 weeks of unlimited classes at my local Pure Barre studio. I’ve heard so much about this fitness phenomenon from my friends who live in big cities, so I was really anxious to give this a try because I love to try new fitness classes, I wasted no time signing up for a 6 weeks of unlimited classes. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I LOVE going to class! Being in a classroom atmosphere with the mirrors and barres, it reminds me of my days in the dance studio not only as a student but when I was a dance teacher in college too. It makes me feel like I’m home again!

If you haven’t heard of Pure Barre, it’s a low-impact, full-body, dance/pilates fusion class. You do small, isometric movements until your muscles reach fatigue and follow up each muscle group that you’re working on with a stretch. The result is long, lean muscles similar to that of a ballerina.

 What to Wear to Pure Barre

The mantra of the 55-minute Pure Barre class is to “lift, tone and burn.” You’ll notice while you’re fatiguing your muscles that you’ll start to shake. While it’s an odd feeling, it’s a good sign because it let you know you are really working your muscles.

Once I started taking classes, the fashionista in me decided I needed some new workout clothes. The majority of my workout clothes are running shorts and tank tops. Since there would be a lot of stretching in class, I figured I didn’t want everybody looking at my goodies so I needed to stock up on some basics. Here have been my personal favorites to wear the past few weeks during class.

What to wear to Pure Barre

  • Yoga Pants Capris or Yoga/Running Tights

Like I said, the majority of class you’ll be lifting legs and doing pulsating movements while also stretching. I personally like to wear capris because tights and pants make me a bit too hot. Your pants should be on the fitted side to help you see the movements you are making. But, make sure they aren’t too tight, as you’ll want to be comfortable during the 55-minute class.

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 My Favorites ::

Old Navy Compression Capris :: Comfortable and stretchy, this is a great and affordable option to have. They come in multiple colors and prints as well as a tights option in case you want your legs fully covered.

Lululemon Wonder Unders :: I know, they’re pricey but so worth it! I’ve had these for years and they hold up well and are really comfortable to wear not only for working out but as loungewear too)

Athleta Chatarunga Capri :: I have become OBSESSED with these. They fit the same as the pants listed above, but best of all is this print! I love black and white stripes and it’s fun to pair bright colored tops with these. It helps to make you stand out in a sea dark colors!

  • Tank Tops

I’ve worn both fitted and loose fitting tank tops and both have worked well for me, it just depends on your preference. One quality that’s important to have in a work out top is for it to be moisture wicking. While you’re working up a sweat, you don’t want to feel wet the entire time. And with any type of workout, I recommend wearing a sports bra or making sure your ta-tas aren’t bouncing around.

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My Favorites ::

Lululemon Power Y Tank :: I love these tanks because they’re form fitting but are also comfortable enough that when you move around, they don’t ride up on you. These come in a variety of colors and prints. An added bonus-it has a built in bra.

Athleta Chi Mesh Tank :: These tanks are nice to wear on days you just don’t want something totally form fitting. The mesh helps it stay breathable which means you stay less sweaty. And while it’s loose fitting, it’s not baggy and still has a feminine shape to it so you don’t feel frumpy wearing it.

C9 by Champion Racerback Seamless Sports Bra :: Target has the BEST sports bras. Not only are they affordable and moisture wicking, but they hold up to the wear and tear of me working out 6 days a week.

  • Grippy Socks

Pure Barre is done on a carpeted floor so grippy socks are must. Many of my classmates purchase the $12 pair available in the studio, but I have seen other yoga socks available at sporting good stores and on Etsy.

What to wear to Pure Barre

My Favorite ::

Pure Barre Sticky Sock :: Available in multiple colors, they help you get a good grip while doing the moves throughout class.

  • Long Sleeve T-Shirt or Quarter Zip Pullover

While you will work up a sweat during class, it’s nice to have a lightweight pullover on before class starts especially on these cold, winter mornings. You can wear it before class starts and during warm up to make sure you don’t get too cold.

What to wear to Pure Barre

My favorites ::

C9 by Champion Long Sleeve Seamless T-Shirt :: These are light weight enough that you won’t get too hot too quickly.

C9 by Champion Pullover Zip :: I’ve had these for a few years now and I LOVE them! They’re lightweight but also are thick enough to keep you warm. I also love to wear mine during runs outside when it’s still chilly outside in the spring and fall.

  • Water Bottle, Towel, and Headband

A water bottle is an absolute necessity to have with any type of workout to make sure you stay hydrated. I also like to wear a headband during class to keep hair out of my face and I like to bring a towel to wipe off any sweat beads that form.

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QUESTION // Have you ever done a barre or Pure Barre class? What other fitness classes have you tried that you liked?

What I’m Loving Friday #6

So happy that it’s finally Friday and time for the weekend! My husband has been out of town all week for work and I’m so excited to have him home again. Our pups will be over the moon excited to see him too. For some reason they both completely sulk around the house when he’s gone and they stare at the door thinking it will make him come home sooner. I think they like him a lot more than me because they don’t even care that I’m there! But enough about me, time for some Friday Favorites!

  • Pure Barre

Pure Barre

I’ve been anticipating the Pure Barre studio opening down the street from our house for quite a few months and the time has finally arrived! I purchased a new client package that lasts me for 6 weeks so I’ve been getting up bright and early at 5 am to make it to class. I absolutely love the class and am totally addicted to it already! It’s unlike any other workout I’ve done before and each class so far has been different and has really challenged my body in ways I’ve never done before.

  • Blind Heart

Speaking of Pure Barre, in a couple of classes this has been the last song played while we do our last exercise and I found myself jamming out to it while I finished out class. I was so excited to tell my husband about this song but turns out he’s already heard it. Side note about my husband, I swear this kid could be a music producer in his free time. He always knows songs before they become popular. Years ago he told me about Maroon 5 and how he thought they’d be the next big thing. 6 months later, what’s on the radio all the time? Yep, Maroon 5. He has really great taste in music and has made me listen to songs that always become popular a few months later. I had to laugh when I was listening to a Spotify playlist he made and this song was on it.

  • Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark

I talked about my love for peppermint bark in my last Friday Favorites and here’s another one to add to the list. I cannot get enough of this chocolate! And it’s in fun bell shapes which makes it even more festive

QUESTION // What are you up to this weekend?

Gift Guide :: Runners

Time is ticking fast and if you haven’t already, it’s time to get your Christmas shop on! I’ve already shared a few of my favorite gift guides, and today I’m sharing some of my favorite running items. All of the items in this gift guide are perfect for the runner in your life or someone who likes to workout. Here’s a rundown of what are some great gifts to give the athlete in your life.

Class Passes

A lot of fitness enthusiasts often like to try out new classes. With so many fitness boutiques and studios across the country, there are endless possibilities on class passes. Two of my favorite classes are Pure Barre and Flywheel.

Gym Bag

Everyone needs a good gym bag to hold their workout essentials. My current bag is the Gaiam Everything Fits Bag and it can work for any type of workout. It’s large enough to hold your clothes and has a separate compartment for your shoes and can also hold a yoga mat.

Arm Band
So many people use arm bands to hold their phones while they workout so this is a great and inexpensive gift idea. Just remember to know what type of phone they have so you get the correct arm band.

Workout Clothes

I’m a firm believer that everyone feels better in a new outfit so why not get them a new pair of shorts to sport at the gym or a tank top. Both Nike and Target have some of my all-time favorite workout clothes.

Water Bottle Packs

If you know someone who is a long distance runner, getting a water pack is a great idea for their next training run or race. My favorite one that I have is the handheld water bottle. Another option for people who like to keep their hands free during a run is a hydration belt.

Running Watch

One of the best investments I made for running was my watch. I have a Garmin Forerunner 10 and it’s a great piece that helps to keep my training in check. Mine is a pretty basic watch that tracks your total distance and running pace but it’s worked great for all of my half marathons and even my full marathon.

Compression Socks or Sleeves

I think compression socks or sleeves make all the difference in your recovery after a race. I’ve worn a pair for every race I’ve done for the past few years and it really has shortened my recovery time. I recently received a pair of Pro Compression socks to try out and I couldn’t wait to give them a try on my latest race which was a Thanksgiving Drumstick Dash. Prior to this, I’ve only used compression sleeves and not socks. I was really glad I had these as socks this time because it was so cold for this morning race. With temperatures in the teens, I wore them underneath a pair of running tights. I haven’t run outside on concrete in awhile so after the race I was a little sore but I know that having the compression socks on made me less sore than I ever would have been without them. An added bonus was that they helped to keep my legs warm on this cold morning! I always though that compression socks would be too tight but I was completely wrong. These didn’t feel tight at all on my feet and were not only comfortable to wear on my run but are soft too!

Pro Compression socks have arch support which as any runner knows is an important quality to have in a pair of socks. They has lots of fun sock colors to choose from including a sock of the month which is a new sock every month that has a discount too!

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Another way that I’ve used compression sleeves for is when I’m traveling. When I traveled to Italy back in September, I wore compression sleeves underneath my pants during my flight. Having to sit for 9 hours on a long-haul flight was not going to be the best thing for my legs so wearing the compression sleeves helped to keep the blood flowing in my legs. I’ve also worn my compression sleeves for the days following a race because, again, it helps to get the blood flowing in your legs and break up the lactic acid build up in your legs which decreases your recovery time.

Pro Compression Sleeves

If you’re going to be getting a pair of compression socks or sleeves for someone on your Christmas list (or maybe for yourself!) Pro Compression is giving you a 40% off discount with the code PINK2. The code expires December 15th so happy shopping!

 *Disclaimer :: I received a pair of Pro Compression marathon socks as part of being an ambassador for Sweatpink. All opinions are my own and all other items mentioned[Tweet “Top gifts for runners for the holidays #sweatpink”] were purchased by me.

Active Nation Day :: Let’s Get Moving!

***Disclaimer: The following post is a promotion for Active Nation DayI  was given the opportunity to participate in this review through my Sweat Pink ambassadorship. I am not receiving compensation for this post.

Ever since I was little, staying active and healthy has been a big part of my life. I was always on the go as a kid going from dancing to ice skating to baton twirling lessons and competitions. Once I was in college, I wanted to continue to stay active so I turned to going to the gym a few times a week to lift weights and do cardio. Enter my post college years and I discovered running and now I enjoy training and running races. These days I make time to work out multiple times a week. The main reason I work out is because it makes me feel good and gives me energy. It’s not always about being the thinnest or the most toned: the most important thing is that you’re healthy, energized and you take some time to get moving everyday.

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Now call me a girly girl, but one of the things that can always get me moving is a new outfit. I’m a firm believer that your day is better if you have a cute, new outfit on :) I recently discovered Lorna Jane which is an online website that has TONS of cute and affordable workout clothes. Not only will they keep you styling on your next workout, but their mission is to inspire women to live their best life by living an active and healthy lifestyle.

Tomorrow, September 28th, is Active Nation Day sponsored by Lorna Jane. It’s a day that they created to influence women and help get them moving. One way they’ve done this is by hosting events all over the world where your and your girlfriends can learn a specially choreographed fitness number. Choreography and fitness? Count this dancing queen in!

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So how can you get involved?  

1. Signup to join the movement in a city near you.

2. Download the Lorna Jane app! This app allows you to track your fitness activity. I always love to track my runs because it shows how much progress I’ve made over time. I use this as inspiration on a bad running day to remind me how far I’ve come in such a short amount of time. Here’s where you can download this app for your phone : AppStore on iTunes or GOOGLEPLAY.

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Plus there’s more! If you love shopping for new fitness clothes (I mean who doesn’t?!) you can enter to win a $1000 Lorna Jane gift card! If you post a video of yourself doing the Lorna Jane dance on Instagram, you’ll be entered to win!

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QUESTION // What are your favorite ways to get moving?

What’s in my gym bag?

Working out is something I have a love/hate relationship with. Let’s be real, there are just some days I would rather not workout and would prefer to take a nap instead. But I know that if I get myself to the gym, even on days I don’t want to, almost every time I feel so much better about myself for going and breaking a sweat.

Despite having those days of not really wanting to work out, 99% of the time I do want to go to the gym. Working out is my “me” time. It’s 30 minutes to an hour that I have by myself. Sometimes it’s my escape from a bad day or it serves as my time to catch up on reading while on the treadmill. Whatever it is, I really do enjoy breaking a sweat because I know it’s keeping me healthy and in shape.

Since I workout 6 days a week, I have a gym bag packed at all times with any essentials I may need while at the gym. So, let’s dig in and see what’s inside my gym bag!

My Top Tips For Healthy Eating

Since I focused on fitness tips last week, I wanted to shift gears here and talk a little bit about healthy eating tips. Now, by no means am I dietician or an expert in this area, but over the years I’ve learned a lot not only from my personal trainers but through trial and error and these are all tips that help me to look and feel my best.

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  • Track your calories.

A lot of people believe that you should only track your calories if you’re dieting. I personally like tracking my calories each day on the MyFitnessPal app. Not only does it track calories, but it shows you if you’re lacking in any areas (i.e. too many carbs and not enough protein). To me, this app makes me more accountable and reminds me to eat healthy because I’d rather not track that I ate a cheeseburger everyday.

  • Eat 4-5 small meals throughout the day.

Eating smaller meals instead of 3 big, main meals each day helps your metabolism and keeps you full all day. Otherwise if you only eat 3 meals, you may notice you’re hungry a lot more often meaning you may overeat.

  • It’s ok to cheat.

I don’t think having an all or nothing attitude is the way to take when it comes to eating healthy. If you tell yourself “I won’t eat dessert anymore”, that just means you’re more likely to crack and eat it. I believe that everything in moderation is fine, so if you want to have ice cream after dinner, then go for it! You only live once, so may as well enjoy some treats once in awhile.

  • Set a meal plan.

I spend a little bit of time each week making a meal plan and grocery list. This helps to make sure we have a pantry and refrigerator full of good food and it makes it easier for dinner each night because we already have it planned out!

  • Learn about portion sizes, serving sizes and calories in what you eat.

This is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Have you ever just sat on the couch and ate straight from the bag of chips? I have and I know I’ve eaten one too many. Take the time to learn about serving sizes and start to serve yourself only the selected amount on there. Otherwise, you’re just overeating again and eating unwanted calories.

  • Try not to drink your calories.

Limit yourself when drinking sodas and any other drink that has calories in it. These are just empty calories that aren’t doing you a lot of nutritional value. Drink as much water as you can throughout the day. It not only will make you feel more full throughout the day, but your skin will thank you too!

  • Don’t overeat.

Do not eat until the point that you’re so full you want to unzip your pants and curl up and take a nap. I go by the motto of eat until you’re satisfied and you can always take the rest home or save it for later.

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  • Know that being healthy is 80% nutrition and 20% fitness.

It’s true, your body is made in the kitchen, not in the gym. You need to feed your body healthy fuel to make sure that you are seeing the results you want. Even if you burn 1,000 calories by running, that doesn’t mean you can eat a burger, fries, soda and an ice cream because you worked out. By fueling your body with healthy things like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and protein, you’ll not only see a difference in your body but you’ll also feel so good too.

QUESTION // What are some of your stay healthy eating tips?

My Top Fitness Tips

If you’ve ever checked out my Fitness tab at the top of my blog, you’ll know that running is something that I’m really passionate about. Actually, fitness in general is something that I’ve become very interested in and have made a priority in my life over the past few years.

Prior to college, I was an active kid. I danced, baton twirled and ice skated so I was always off at lessons, practices and competitions so I was always moving. However, it wasn’t until I was in college that I really learned what it meant to be fit. During this time was also when I started competing in pageants that had a swimsuit portion requirement, so it was also when my parents enlisted a personal trainer to help get me into tip top shape. Now, I’m not saying I was ever not fit. But as a kid I obviously never lifted weights and as a college kid I thought grilled cheese was an acceptable dinner every night of the week.

Over 2 years with a personal trainer, I really learned a lot of fitness and eating tips that I still follow to this day. It’s because of these fitness fundamentals that I’ve been able to maintain a healthy weight and be in shape still. Obviously I’m not a fitness expert, but I wanted to share some of the things I’ve learned and that have really helped me to live a healthy lifestyle the past few years. This week I’m going to share my fitness tips and next week I’ll share some of my eating tips. I’m also planning to film a blog for a week that shows what I eat for each meal during the day. I’m a big fan of watching “What I ate for dinner” videos because I often get stuck in food ruts and those videos help me to think of new ideas and food to make.

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So without further ado, here are some of my fitness tips.

  • Get moving.

It doesn’t matter if you work out multiple times a week or you haven’t worked out in years, one of the most important things you can do each day is to get up and move. It can be as simple as a walk or you can run 6 miles. Whatever works for you is what you should do. I aim to do 30 mins of cardio everyday and this ranges from long runs, to the elliptical to a walk with my dogs.

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  • Get some kind of fitness activity tracker

To help remind you to get moving, I’m a huge fan of an activity tracker. These are helpful to remind you to get up and move! I’ve had a fitbit for 2 years and I absolutely love it! It’s a good way for me to get motivated to get my goal of 10,000 steps in each day. It also syncs with the app MyFitnessPal that I use to track my calories.

  • If you still need fitness motivation, get a personal trainer.

If it’s hard for you to get into a fitness routine, or if you’re in a fitness rut, I’m also a huge fan of getting a personal trainer. You don’t need to go to one all the time, but purchasing a few sessions will help you get started. A trainer can not only show you exercises to get you started, but they can also help you with your form and technique. It also doesn’t hurt that you’re pretty much guaranteed to getting your butt kicked by them which means you’ll get a killer workout. A personal trainer, to me, is a great way to get started and get some ideas on how to start your fitness routine.

  • If you’d rather not shell out the cash for a trainer, look to Youtube and Pinterest.

I totally understand if you don’t want to pay for a personal trainer. I know they can be pricey and sometimes they get a little pushy wanting to get you to buy more sessions. You can also look to Youtube and Pinterest for LOTS and LOTS of fitness routines and workout videos to help you out.

  • Strength training is just as important as cardio.

Muscles are what help you to burn calories while at rest. You don’t need to turn into a body builder, but incorporating strength training into your routine a couple of times a week will help your body out tremendously.

  • Stretch!

I’ve mentioned it before with training to run races, but stretching and yoga will make your body feel so great, especially after a hard workout. Take the time to cool down and do some stretching afterward. Your body will thank you tomorrow.

  • Take the time to rest too.

Rest days are just as important as working out. I typically work out 6 days a week with one day of rest. Your body needs time to repair itself after working out. And if you wake up and your body isn’t feeling it that day, don’t push it. I know a lot of people often say to go workout even if you don’t feel like it because you’ll feel better afterwards, but everyone is different so just listen to your body.

  • Make the time to work out.

I often hear people say “I don’t have the time to workout, I’m too busy.” I’ve learned that if you want to stay healthy and get in shape, you need to make working out a priority. Schedule time each day to work out, just like a meeting or an appointment, carve out some time each day for yourself. I typically only work out 30-45 mins a day during the week and a little big longer on the weekend.

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It doesn’t matter if you work out on a regular basis or you’re looking to get started, I think all of these are great fitness reminders. Even I have to remind myself about these sometimes. I’m also planning to share some of my weekly workouts in the coming weeks to keep your eyes peeled for those! QUESTION // What are some of your favorite ways to work out?