Getting Back on the Fitness Train

Monday, August 20, 2018

I like working out.  Would I say I love it?  No, but I really do enjoy a good workout and all the amazing benefits and endorphins that come with it!  This summer has been full of vacation, work trips, girls weekends, and a whole lot of other stuff.  I found it really hard to stick to my normal workout routine, lost motivation and I fell off the fitness train.

Last week I finally felt like life was starting to get back to normal and I decided it was time to get back to working out.  So in an effort to get back into shape and feeling good, I have starting to set myself up for success by doing a few simple things and thought I would share them with you in case you are needing a little motivation too.

1.  Have the right workout clothes and shoes.  I hate nothing more than having my pants slip down while working out.  It is the absolute worst!  A couple of years ago I found the Align Pant II from Lululemon and since then they have been my go-to pants for exercise.  They are super lightweight, high-waisted and just feel like you are wearing a cloud.  If you haven't tried them, I highly suggest you do!  Under Armour and ASICS are my two favorite shoes for running.  I have an older version of these from UA and love how lightweight and breathable they are.  These from ASICS come in some amazing color options and are super comfortable.  Also, these hair bands are the best and keep my ponytail in place!

2.  Find a time that works for you.  I have found that if I do not work out in the mornings before work, that I come up with numerous excuses throughout the day as to why I won't be able to do it later.  Waking up at 5:30 AM for my workout isn't always easy, but man it feels good to know that I got it done and am ready to take on the day.  5:30 AM might not work for you and that is okay!  Find a time that works best for you and set your alarm or a reoccurring calendar request to help keep you accountable!

3.  Use an app or online classes that you can do at home.  I have been a member of Tone It Up since 2016 and love their workout videos and daily moves.  Every day a different part of the body is targeted so you never get bored and they outline everything you need to be successful at that specific workout.  Last year they released an app called Studio Tone It Up and its awesome!  For a yearly or monthly fee, you have access to 100s of workout videos and live classes with new content being uploaded weekly.  You can also mirror the workouts to your TV using an Apple TV or Google Chromecast which makes working out at home super easy!  And if you need workout equipment, TIU workout gear can be found at Target at pretty reasonable prices.

4.  Have music and good earphones.  I cannot run without listening to music.  Anyone else with me?!  Spotify is the best digital music service that I have used and with the monthly paid membership fee of $9.99, you have access to millions of songs with no commercials.  You can also create playlists or listen to premade ones that Spotify has.  Its a win-win in my book!  Also, it is a must for me to have wireless poor iPhone has flown off a treadmill more times than I would like to admit when using corded headphones and the cord always got in the way when lifting weights.  I purchased these wireless earphones early this year and love them.  They stay put while running/lifting weights and the sound quality is great!

These are just some of my ways to stay on track and be successful.  What are some ways that help you stay motivated and on track?  Let me know in the comments below!

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