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The year has begun and with it, ALL the resolutions. This year, I’m being a bit more REAL with myself and setting expectations at a more reasonable level…but by no means does that translate to LET MYSELF GO. Because being healthy feels too good to kick to the curb.
However, it’s still HARD. Hard to get out of bed early to work out…hard to make a healthy dinner at the end of a long day…and hard to run outside in the freezing cold. I FEEL YOU. I’ve been there. Heck, I’m there now! But don’t let this weather get you down. There are still ways to make your 2017 fitness goals work for you. Here are a few ideas:
Work out during your lunch break
At first I thought, this will be gross. And embarrassing! What if someone I knows sees me *GASP* doing sit ups in the gym? But then I thought, SO WHAT?! Would I rather be a little embarrassed running into a coworker or would I rather get myself back in shape?
Find a great playlist
I’m easy to please when it comes to music I like. Just crank up the early 2000s gangster rap and I’m good to go. But it certainly helps to switch things up a bit from time to time. I don’t use spotify, but I know there are a ton of people with killer playlists that you can listen to as well.
Multi-task in a GOOD way
Want to become a better reader but also want to get beach-bod ready? Can’t miss a single episode of Sherlock Homes but also want to hit the gym? You CAN have both, my friends. On cardio days, I often will watch my favorite show on the elliptical or read a book while on the stationary bike.
Try a class once a week
Even on weeks when things get out of control crazy, I know I can look forward to my Wednesday night yoga class. It’s the perfect release of stress and I always feel like a better, strong person afterwards.
Workout with a friend
Have a friend who has similar goals to you? Workout together or take a fitness challenge together. When I started the Fit Girls Guide, I started with my coworker. We compared which recipes were the best and which workouts were the worst, which made it a really enjoyable experience. Having someone there to understand THE STRUGGLE really helps when you’re riding the struggle bus.
And last, but definitely not least...finding cute workout clothes never hurts.
This outfit is exactly what I've been working out in lately. These high-waisted yoga pants are by far my favorite pair I've ever owned - and they are SO slimming! I can't believe these photos even turned out after the amount of cookies I ate over the holidays. Both these pants and lightweight workout hoodie are from Wear It To Heart - which has quickly become one of my favorite activewear companies. The older I get, the more I want to be conscious of where my clothing comes from...WITH activewear is ethically manufactured in a highly-acclaimed, sustainable and sweatshop-free factory in El Salvador, which makes me love them even more.
I'd love to hear what motivates you to workout in the winter! Share your tips and tricks below! Xx!