Happy Friday, friends! If you've been following along on Instagram, you'll know I've been in California these past two weeks. While it's fun to post (and enjoy!) moments by the pool or happy hour cocktails, a majority of our trip has been hiking along the beautiful coastline and in the desert. I'm continued to be amazed by the varied terrain and climates here, from Big Sur to Joshua Tree. This trip has been a good reminder how daily activity works wonders for me — physically and mentally. Because I'm sure many of you also strive to keep a healthy balance in the fitness realm, I wanted to share 5 things that make a difference for feeling the best version of myself.
1. Set small, achievable goals. Maybe it's working out 3 times a week, walking 10,000 steps a day, reaching the trail summit, or training for a race. Setting small (but achievable!) goals can help you stay committed and progressing in a fitness routine. I love seeking inspiration via Pinterest and setting fitness goals of my own, whether it's trying a new workout or running a half-marathon. And make yourself accountable! Sharing your goals with a friend or partner helps keep you supported in a positive direction.
2. Switch it up. I've always preferred fitness classes to running on a treadmill. I spent years growing up in dance and ballet, so I love any chance to incorporate those two activities into my fitness routine. I'm a fan of Classpass, which is a great way to try a variety of classes, like The Dailey Method, Pure Barre and more. It's always smart to switch up your fitness routine, so you (and your muscles!) don't get bored.
3. Make a playlist. Music is a huge motivator for me. I find I run a little faster and train a little longer whenever I have a solid playlist of music to listen to. I rely on Spotify to create and share my favorite workout playlists. Do you have a go-to playlist for motivating music? I'd love to hear!
4. Stay hydrated and eat right. It's difficult to be active without staying hydrated! I once read you should aim to drink as many ounces in a day as what you weigh. So if you weigh 130 pounds, you should drink 130 ounces. To keep hydrated throughout the day, I love my bkr water bottle, which comes in a variety of fun colors. While physical fitness is important, eating right is a big factor in overall health, too. I'm a fairly heathy eater, in general — but do indulge every so often. It's all a balance, right? Some of my favorite recipes to make at home are quinoa, brussels sprouts, Vietnamese spring rolls, and fresh fruit smoothies.
5. Wearable tech. Beyond the conventional "old school" ways to fitness, there are so many cool devices and apps to help achieve goals. A handful of my friends wear a FitBit to track daily steps and activity. Last month, I started using the Slendertone Connect Abs system, which is a toning belt worn for a 30 minute session (or more). I'll be the first to tell you I'm not into gimmicky products — but this one works! The intensity level and training program is easily integrated with my iPhone, which I love. Even after a few sessions, I can honestly say I feel the results by a slimmer, toned waistline. For anyone who is already mildly active, the belt is a great complement to achieve fitness goals. Slendertone can be found at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.
My outfit details: Lululemon Tank (similar) || bkr Water Bottle || Nike Sneakers (similar) || Zella Leggings
There you have it! Do you have any fave fitness tips of your own? Browse my favorite activewear below:
Thank you to Slendertone for sponsoring this post.