How to Get Yourself Motivated To Get Fit

We’ve all been there…get to our goals, or close to them and all of the sudden we hit a wall, stop seeing progress, and it’s like why even bother?

10 Tips to Stay Motivated:

  1. Understand it’s not about being too busy, it’s about not making your fitness a priority.  Many people get stuck in the mindset that they don’t have time, they’re too busy to the point to where they believe it. Believing you don’t have time for a workout does NOTHING for your motivation.  You find time to watch an hour or two of your favorite show.  Or eating shit on social media, but god forbid you find a time to dedicate 30-60 minutes to your fitness.  When you understand that you make time for what is a priority, and understand fitness it s priority not something you are too busy for, you get a small natural motivation boost.  The same way you’re motivated to watch that episode of Game of Thrones in the schedule you were “too busy” to do anything extra in.
  2. Get it done early!  The more you put off your workout the least likely the average person is going to get it done as the day goes by.
  3. Find those pair of jeans that you love, but don’t fit and hang them somewhere you see them every day.  Trying to make gains?  Find a pair of shorts thats too big around the booty and use them as motivation to fill them in!  The latter works great for me!
  4. Get consistent, the more consistent you are the sooner you’ll start to feel that natural energy boost.
  5. Understand why you want to get or stay fit in the first place.
  6. Brush up on some of the non-physique related benefits that exercise gives.  Sometimes it helps to understand a little bit of how your heart, your lungs, your other body systems greatly benefit from exercise.  It’s not always about fitting into a size 2!
  7. Do it for the endorphins.  How good do you feel once you’re all done?  The hardest part some days is getting it done, but I don’t usually hear people tell me they regret it.
  8. Find an accountability partner, coach, or knowledgable personal trainer (emphasis on the knowledgable).  It’s easier when you have someone to report to.  Even I have a coach because I’m human too!  As much as my career is fitness, sometimes my body just wants to be lazy when it shouldn’t.
  9. Change things up!  Doing the same routine over and over again get’s boring.  Not just mentally, but your body adjusts and get bored too.
  10. Find something you enjoy!  For me it’s weight lifting.  I will always have more weight lifting days than cardio days because motivation goes out the door when you dread what you do!  If you love yoga or running, do more of what you love!  Do the things you hate less frequently, but understand they have to be done to gain benefits the exercise you love may not be able to give you.

Learn more about the best online fitness program which includes comprehensive programs focused on shifting towards healthier eating habits, staying fit, and building a better booty. You’ll also find a variety of fitness apparel to help get you that extra motivation to take your goals to another level. Contact me today to learn more about the best fitness programs available to get your body in gear.

7 Exercises For People Who Don’t Have The Time To Work Out

Don’t Have time for a lengthy 1 hour workout workout? Here are my favorite 7 exercises that help you burn calories!

  1. Weighted Squats
  2. Push Ups
  3. Kettle Bell Swings
  4. All Variations of Lunges
  5. Jump Squats
  6. Pull Ups
  7. Power Steps

Learn more about the best online fitness program which includes comprehensive programs focused on shifting towards healthier eating habits, staying fit, and building a better booty. You’ll also find a variety of fitness apparel to help get you that extra motivation to take your goals to another level. Contact me today to learn more about the best fitness programs available to get your body in gear.

4 Best Pieces Of Exercise Equipment For Your Own Home

Sometimes our schedule does not permit us to make it to the gym.  Sometimes we lose the time we would need to actually drive to and from because life just happens.  But when life happens I recommend the following 4 pieces of exercise equipment for a killer home workout.

  1. Set of Dumbbells
  2. Exercise Bench
  3. Slam Ball
  4. Bosu Ball

The above 4 pieces of equipment for your home are great because they are INCREDIBLY versatile and also take up minimal space in the house!  Everything can be purchased for cheap on amazon, except the Bosu Ball!  Go to Bed Bath and Beyond and order that online using the 20% off and you can get it for cheaper than on amazon!

Learn more about the best online fitness program which includes comprehensive programs focused on shifting towards healthier eating habits, staying fit, and building a better booty. You’ll also find a variety of fitness apparel to help get you that extra motivation to take your goals to another level. Contact me today to learn more about the best fitness programs available to get your body in gear.

8 Common Misconceptions about Exercise

  1. Lifting Heavy Weights as a Woman will Bulk You Up:   I promise you, you will get a lot more done with 15 pound dumbbells compared to 2 pound dumbbells.  As a whole our bodies do not have enough testosterone to create that bulky appearance.  The way our muscles look has a lot to do with how we eat, how we exercise, and our genetic predisposition.  I’ll also let you in on a little secret, most of those “bulky” “manly” looking women that scare non weight lifting women into training with weights use steroids.  But I’ll just leave it as that as it’s a touchy subject.
  2. I Don’t Want to Lose Weight:  Guess what? You should be working out for LIFE!  Life is demanding and if you’re unfit you have a higher probability of aches and pains as you age and injuries from simple daily tasks.  No one wants to be the person known for throwing out there back trying to move a chair…it happens…I see it all the time!  Usually in those who live a sedentary life.  Our heart, lungs, EVERYTHING benefits from exercise.
  3. No Pain No Gain:  For the general fitness goer you really shouldn’t get passed a moderate level of soreness.  If you are so sore it severely impairs your ability to carry out regular activity you may not be sore?  Felt a sharp shooting pain during your workout, maybe you should stop and make sure you didn’t pull/strain/injure anything…DO NOT keep going.  ESPECIALLY if the pain persists.
  4. You Have to Be In the Gym for hours on End:  FALSE!  For the average gym goer MAX 60 minutes for warm up workout and cool down.  As little as a properly thought out 14 minute workout science has now found can be beneficial when done right!  It’s about QUALITY not QUANTITY.
  5. When you Stop all your muscle become Fat again:  That’s like saying when you stop eating an apple it turns into an orange.  One cannot become the other.  If you stop exercising for a period of time your muscle shrinks (atrophies).
  6. Ab Exercises will Give You a 6 Pack:  Everyone has a 6 pack, but because of genetics some people have to be more strict about their diet and cardio regimen to see it!  For some it is easier than others, but we all have them other wise we’d be flopped over (our abs help keep us uprite).  Ab exercises actually contribute to a minimum when you compare ab exercises to diet in their relevance to obtaining a 6 pack.
  7. You can do the same thing every day and get Results:  FALSE your body adapts.  And QUICKLY!  Changing things up is how you will see better results over a long period of time.
  8. The Machine says I burned 300 Calories:  The machine and what you actually burned are different as calories burned is different for everyone due to mass, metabolism, etc.  What the machine calculates it’s is own RPM (rotations per minute) not your actual energy output.

Learn more about the best online fitness program which includes comprehensive programs focused on shifting towards healthier eating habits, staying fit, and building a better booty. You’ll also find a variety of fitness apparel to help get you that extra motivation to take your goals to another level. Contact me today to learn more about the best fitness programs available to get your body in gear.

Day 20: Tips for Veggie Haters

Today was actually supposed to be tips for gardeners, but I don’t garden.  I do however, help people add more servings of veggies to their current diets.

If you’re like me, you hate vegetables.  My mom tells me I’m the worst vegetarian because I hate vegetables, and hardly ever do raw veggies. However, I still make sure to get my 6-8 cups of colorful veggies in minimum every single day.  How do I do this when I hate vegetables?  I find ways to hide them.  I chop/dice them up into teeny tiny pieces and create chipotle like bowls where the rice and beans overpower the taste of the vegetables.  Or if i’m having pasta I add them in, but hide them in the pesto or tomato sauce. I add handfuls of spinach to my shakes.  Or I make veggie sticks and hide the taste with hummus or guac.  If I make Omelets I pack them up with bell pepper, mushrooms, spinach, etc.

If you’re like me, I encourage you to try this!  If you love veggies, enjoy those raw salads!

Learn more about the best online fitness program which includes comprehensive programs focused on shifting towards healthier eating habits, staying fit, and building a better booty. You’ll also find a variety of fitness apparel to help get you that extra motivation to take your goals to another level. Contact me today to learn more about the best fitness programs available to get your body in gear.

Day 15: Summer Wardrobe Staple

My Summer Wardrobe staples are my 365 Staples

  1. Leggings
  2. Tank Top
  3. Sports Bra

I wear my own apparel a good 80% of the time and I work in activewear so the occasion that I’m seen out of leggings is very RARE!

My favorite Outfits are currently my Circuit Leggings Paired with my Lift Happily Ever After Tank

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And My 50 Shades Leggings Paired with my I’ve got muscles a plenty tank!

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Learn more about the best online fitness program which includes comprehensive programs focused on shifting towards healthier eating habits, staying fit, and building a better booty. You’ll also find a variety of fitness apparel to help get you that extra motivation to take your goals to another level. Contact me today to learn more about the best fitness programs available to get your body in gear.

The Importance of Foam Rolling

Sore muscles.  At one point in everyone’s life, I am pretty sure we have experiences the pain and discomfort of sore muscles from physical activity. What some people may not have experienced is that bittersweet feeling of foam rolling.  What exactly is foam rolling and why is it beneficial for our recovery?

Foam rollers are primarily used for SMR (self-myofascial release).  SMR put simply is when we apply a dragging pressure on out muscle tissue in order to have our body to release muscle tension and increase mobility between the sliding surfaces of our muscles. SMR is a major contributor to increased blood circulation and increased mobility range of motion in our recovering muscles.  All of which allows our recovery time to decrease and make room for more effective training sessions.

When should we foam roll? Personally, I love to roll out before and after my workout.  Before my workout as a prelude to my dynamic warm up to stretch out my muscle tissues which allows them to be less tight, decreasing my probability of pulling or straining my muscles.  Post-workout it is a great way to decrease any lactic acid build up, which also allows you to recover quicker and be less sore after a training session.

Choosing your foam roller: There are a million and one different foam rollers on the market and I have probably invested hundreds of dollars into the different kinds in hopes of finding one that works and feels the best.  From flat to pointy surfaces you name it and I have tried it.  It wasn’t until I gave The knot out a try (They did not pay me to advertise for them and I get no financial benefits from promoting them in this post).  The reason why I fell in love with the Knot out is because their rollers are not flat, they are “squiggly” for lack of a better term, which is perfect because my muscles are not flat.  So having different approaches to angles and pressure points during my roll out sessions allows me to reach larger areas and go more in depth into the muscle tissue.  They also have two different densities, soft and firm.  That again, creates diversity while rolling out your muscles.

What’s great about them is that they also have an entire section on their website dedicated to educating people on how to PROPERLY foam roll and the different ways to foam roll.

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