Fitness is a huge part of my life and, oddly enough, something I haven’t really talked about here until now!
For me, fitness isn’t appearance-based, but about feeling strong and healthy in daily living. It’s a culmination of smart choices that leads to greater well-being and an appreciation for what your body is capable of. It’s essential to have the right attitude because “being fit” is a life-long process that requires dedication and adaptability.
The foundation of any fitness routine is, of course, what you put into your body. The old adage “you are what you eat” sticks around for a reason 🙂 I follow a gluten-free diet for medical reasons and I don’t consume dairy, caffeine, alcohol, soda, artificial sweeteners, red meat, or many processed foods (gluten!). I don’t think it’s necessary to follow any particular “diet” (although I think GF is awesome), or totally eliminate a particular food, especially if you enjoy it. Find what works for you and your lifestyle!
Now, onto physical activity. The #1 thing for me when it comes to exercising is VARIETY! I absolutely can not do the same workout every day- the same class, the same stretches, the same anything! I also have to have fun doing it, even if it’s a push! Since I’m a certified personal trainer, I do know how to construct more formal workout plans, but I prefer to follow a more informal style for myself. I do some sort of physical activity every day of the week, simply because it makes me feel good. I by no means go to the gym seven days of the week, but I get out and moving no matter what.
I do like putting on my headphones, zoning out, and blasting through cardio and weight supersets at the gym some days, but what I love best are classes! Zumba, bootcamp, yoga, step, dance, kickboxing- I’m game for pretty much anything but stationary cycling because it makes me dizzy! I like the sense of community you get from group classes. At a large gym, you can feel like you’re in a sea of sweaty bodies, so classes are a nice way to feel part of the gym on a more intimate level. I absolutely loveee yoga and want to become an instructor eventually so that I can teach group classes.
On days when I just want to put on a workout tape at home, my favorite is PiYo. It’s a pilates-yoga fusion and an insane workout. The session called “Drench” is aptly named! There are a ton of pushups, squats, and downward dogs, so you get a total body workout. I also like outdoor biking, swimming (at the gym or the lake), MMA-boxing with a punching bag, hiking, kayaking, walking at the beach, and quite a number of other things! I think fitness is amazing and exciting because the number of activities you can do is limitless!
What do you all like doing to stay fit? Let me know in the comments! 🙂
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