my top 5 fitness tips

Friday, November 14, 2014

I am going to preface this post (don't I always?) with saying that, until Wednesday, I hadn't been to the gym in a month. Don't worry, I'm back at it and my sore legs, arms and butt are proof!
Bottomline - I'm no fitness model here, BUT I do know the value of staying and being healthy and that includes working out.

5 Fitness Tidbits


  1. SHOW UP - the hardest part of going to the gym for me is getting to the door. Here's the thing, once I get through that door, I never EVER regret it. I read a quote once that said "the only workout you'll ever regret is the one you didn't do". This couldn't be more true.
  2. Don't make excuses - I've been doing this for a last month. "I'm too busy", "I have work to do", "I need to get groceries", "I'm too tired". Yes, these are all legit excuses, but they're still excuses. In my job there are absolutely some days where I literally can't get to the gym, but for the most part, if I don't go it's because I've given myself a reason not to. This needs to stop.


    7 months pregnant and getting my home workout on!
  3. Have an accountability partner/team - a gym buddy is great, but you don't even need to take someone with you. Just have people around you who support you and your health. For instance, I was tired yesterday when my lunchtime rolled around. I surveyed my teammates: "should I go to the gym". Some said no but one person spoke up and said "yes, you should, you'll be happy you did" and it was that one opinion that helped get my butt to the door. One sentence was all I needed to keep myself in check. I'm pretty sure if that one person hadn't of said anything, I wouldn't have happily sore legs today.
  4. Train for strength - alright, I'm biased on this one but seriously, PICK UP THE WEIGHTS! It might be awkward at first, you might feel like you don't know what you're doing, but strength training is where it's at! I do short stints of cardio before and after my routine but the majority of my 'work' is done with weights/machines. Long and short of it: more muscle = more calories burned doing nothing and strength training = more muscle.
  5. Do it for YOU - who hasn't gone to the gym just so they look better for someone else? Gone are those days for me. My husband would deal with me getting a little 'fluffier' and my daughter doesn't care if I have 10 extra pounds on BUT I do! AND it's not just about weight, it's barely about that at all for me. I want to be healthy, I want to feel strong, I like seeing definition in my arms and would love to eventually have it in my legs and abs! Working out makes you feel good and that's the best reason there is to get your ass to the gym (or for a run or whatever it is you do).

yesterday and yes, that's the same shirt I wore when pregnant - thank you spandex!

bonus tip:
Take your measurements - sure, I weigh myself sometimes but that number means very little to me. I've weighed less and looked worse than times where I've weighed more but been much more toned. Plus, when you rely on the scale it's really easy to be disheartened when those numbers stop moving (or worse, go up!). The beauty with taking your measurements is that if you're working hard and doing your strength training, the numbers WILL go down! 

Now, GO GET HEALTHY!!



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19 comments:

  1. Your arms always look ripped in your pictures. Looking and feeling strong is always a huge motivation to me.

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    1. well I'm glad someone sees them that way! lol

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  2. Great tips and my problem is showing up!! I embarrassed to say I haven't in worked out in years basically ever since my girls came along! I really really need to get back on this bandwagon! Wanted to let you know I nominated you for a Liebster Award:) You can learn more about it here: http://sweatersstripesandsweets.com/leibster-award-nomination/
    Have a great weekend Shaunacey.
    Marta

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    1. well you look amazing for someone who never works out!!

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  3. You look great! I have been in a workout slump for months. Thanks for the motivation!

    Jill
    www.dousedinpink.com

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  4. Great tips! Especially the one about people supporting you. I totally agree! I just wrote a post about this a couple of weeks ago, what I do. Although I've had a few obstacles, hopefully I'll be feeling well enough to at least walk on Monday, fingers crossed, it's been 2.5 weeks, too long! Have a great weekend!

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    1. we have snow now so walks might be out... too clumsy to try adn walk in that! lol

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  5. I thought maybe you were telling us something with that pregnancy pic ;)! I'm with you, I just want to be strong and healthy. When you focus on that the rest falls into place. Have a great weekend!

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    1. lol that would have been some big growth since last week!

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  6. Very inspiring! Thanks - I feel like I just had a good pep talk! :)

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  7. You're so right...once you're there and also worked out you're so glad you did it. I definitely need an accountability partner and actually I like having my hubby as one because he really helps to guide me in training. You were such a cute little preggy lady. (oh, and you're still super cute)!!

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    1. lol thank you! i felt ginormous pregnant but it was all worth it! :)

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  8. Awesome tips! I agree that you never regret a workout...some days I would look up the WOD of the day and really not want to go...but many times after I completed a nasty ass workout like 150 wall balls, or a burpee ladder, 10 minutes after making a sweat angel on the floor I've actually said I kind of want to do that again.

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  9. I do most of my work outs at home, just to save time and I prefer working out at home. I do try to run outside if I can fit it in and if they weather isn't too wacky that day. I do weights a couple times a week for my upper body, but I would like to get into heavier weight lifting... my husband has all the stuff downstairs, I just haven't gotten to it yet. A majority of my work outs are runs on the treadmill. Love all of your tips! I would love to find a running buddy that runs at my pace, just haven't found anyone yet... I need to check out a running club or something.

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