I’ve mentioned over and over on my instagram that I’m trying to work out more frequently and improve my strength and flexibility. Getting in shape is seriously hard work, but it’s really rewarding. Still though, some days it’s really hard to drag myself out of bed and to the gym, and I’d guess most of y’all can commiserate, so I wanted to share some things I’ve found helpful along my quest to become all fit.
A major priority for me is finding the right workouts. I destroyed my right foot in an accident in college, so running or even lots of plyometrics leave me limping- I have to be majorly mindful of impact. And I’m like Goldilocks- boot camp is too agro, but flow yoga is too zen. I’ve found what I love though- I’ve been spinning for several years (David’s actually an instructor) and have a serious Soulcycle obsession. I’ve also gotten into Physique57 recently, because it kicks my butt in the best possible way, and I love a good picturesque hike.
I need to fuel my fitness. I’ve tried working out while eating low-calorie… It’s like dancing with the devil. I have hanger issues, so I make sure to hydrate and eat a few hours before to have some gas in my tank and a reasonably good attitude.
I need to prep for my workout ahead of time! If I’m being totally transparent, I sometimes (aka always) hit snooze and need to race out the door in the morning to make it over the hill and through canyon traffic in time for class. When I do, it’s kindof crucial that I need only do the bleary-eyed minimum. So I lay out my workout clothes the night before, pack my bag (including water, shower supplies and wardrobe changes if necessary) and can just automatic pilot it out the door.
Those are also the times I’m extra grateful for Dove’s Advanced Care Deodorant, and it’s 48hours of sweat and odor protection, because it means the last night’s application is still working hard. I’m trying to kill fat cells on my own body, not sensory receptors on my neighbor in class. And while I truly expected a product with protection that powerful to aggravate my sensitive skin, it’s done the exact opposite. I can sometimes leave a sweaty studio with heat-rashy underarms, but I’ve seen much less of that issue since I switched.
And I do my best with a workout buddy. I love having someone to keep me accountable, but it’s more important that they help make the workout process more fun. So I make David be my personal abs instructor, bribe Rachel with smoothies to meet me at Physique, and will convince everyone to tap it back with me at Soul… I’m actually hosting some classes- will share details soon. I took Madison with me the other week, and she was so sweaty but so obsessed- it’s contagious. I also gave her an extra Dove Advanced Care Deoderant while I was spoiling her with products, and she’s loving that too. She thinks her underarms feel supersoft (probably due to Dove’s classic ¼ moisturizer formula and Nutrium Moisture), and I totally agree.
Are there workouts that you truly enjoy? if so, tell me all about them so I can give them a try!
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