fitness gift guide

fitness gift guide

this is always a fun gift guide to do because I love getting all the fun workout stuff. I feel like I could go for days with gifts between outfits, shoes, accessories, useful things to have on hand, but I try to not overload you all (and my graphic designer)   t o o   much!

but if you have a fitness guru in your life or know someone who’s ready to hit the ground running with their new years goals for 2019, here’s the gift guide to get them started, plus some honorable mentions!
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my current exercise routine

my current exercise routine

looking back on this year, my gym routine has been all over the place. I started off strong; I was going to the gym 3-4 days out of the week and could tell a huge difference in my strength + endurance and my overall health. it was probably the best I had ever felt, health-wise and confidence-wise.

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my top 5 free health + fitness apps

my top 5 free health + fitness apps

I love how easy it’s become to log/track health with the use of apps. I’m guilty of loading so many apps on my phone to test out – unfortunately, there are quite a few that only offer a free trial but require a subscription in order to continue having access. However, if you’re someone that likes having guidance when it comes to your workout, you might find it worth it to download + pay for apps that provide workouts.

There are also some apps that help with stress + anxiety by providing different meditation and breathing techniques, but again – most times you end up having to subscribe after a 7- or 30-day trial.

But, here’s my list of my favorite free apps that I use to help track my health! I am not affiliated with any of these companies/apps.

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tips for getting back to the gym + my favorite exercises

tips for getting back to the gym + my favorite exercises

This time of the year always seems to be what motivates us to get our butts in the gym – between new year’s, spring break, summer… it leaves everyone in a rush to play catch up with their bodies in preparation for the upcoming weather + days inevitably spent poolside. I’m not much different – I always fall behind once summer passes and the holidays come. I’m currently back at my highest weight – the struggle of going from an incredibly physically active college student to a painfully sedentary young professional. I, too, am working on making the gym more of a habit than a “have-to” – for the sake of feeling comfortable in my skin again + for my health.

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how to make your strength workout less intimidating

how to make your strength workout less intimidating

As a former two-job-working, full time student and now as a current full time employee with a rambunctious, exhausting puppy and never ending chores and errands waiting for me when I get home in the evenings, I completely empathize with what seems to be the biggest offenders to our desire to workout: time + energy. But as I learned in my weight management class I took last year, simply doing one set of resistance exercises is enough to see acute health benefits such as stress reduction and increased energy.

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