I have received a lot of requests for this one, and as Summer comes to an end, that doesn’t mean that staying in shape has to. Personally, I believe working out and eating healthy is a lifestyle choice and for the last few years, I’ve tried to make it a priority. If you are looking to work towards a lifestyle change and need some ideas on how to do it, I wanted to share my workout routine and tips that I’ve used to stay on track.
Since I was younger, I was always involved in sports, which definitely helped maintain muscle memory and a love for fitness. However, as I get older, I have noticed that staying in shape has become more difficult. With work, traveling, household responsibilities, and other life-happenings, staying on top of my fitness regime has been challenging. If you’re looking to change it up, or need help getting started, here are a couple of the things I do to stay in shape:
By drinking water, not only are you keeping yourself hydrated, but you are helping your digestive system cleanse your body of toxins. Besides the occasional cup of tea or coffee, water is my drink of choice. I try to drink about 136 fluid ounces of water a day (about a gallon). I use these 17 ounce S’well bottles to keep track. I love S’well bottles because they are double insulated and keep your drink cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. I use two of them because I will have hot water with lemon twice a day – once in the morning and once after lunch as well as drinking cold water. I fill each bottle up 4-5 times a day and make it a goal to finish them by the end of the work day or by dinner time.
When I find myself too busy (or tired) to workout, I try to eat extra clean. It’s true what they say – abs are made in the kitchen, and by sticking to a low carb, protein dense diet, you’ll help keep the weight off without hitting the gym. When I do this, my diet consists of: protein shake for breakfast, salad with protein-rich veggies for lunch, and brown rice and veggies for dinner. For snacks, I’ll have carrots and hummus, cucumber and guacamole, or gluten free avocado toast. I also always carry a bag of almonds with me on the go, just in case I need a quick snack. I try to eat 3 meals a day with a few snacks in between to keep my metabolism at a faster rate.
In a perfect world, I would go to the gym 4-5 times a week. Lately, that hasn’t been the case, but I am trying to get back to this. My typical workout includes 30-40 minutes of cardio, along with a targeted muscle group exercise. Cardio can get boring, so I like to change it up. For cardio, I use the elliptical, treadmill, stationary bicycle or go for a hike/walk. I think that no matter what part of your body you work out, it’s good to alternate exercises so that your body is constantly being challenged; therefore, building muscle. One of my favorite classes is at Gold’s Gym and it’s called Body Pump. Body Pump was introduced to me two years ago and is a 60 minute workout that targets all of your major muscle groups by using exercises like squats, presses, lifts and curls. It’s fast-paced and keeps your heart rate up. On average, I burn about 400 calories over the duration of an hour. I try to do this class once or twice a week and it really helps get my entire body toned and tight.
No gym? No problem. There are plenty of exercises that can be done at home. For legs and glutes, I usually do stairs and different types of squats while for arms and abs, I focus on push ups, planks, and medicine ball exercises. Over the next few weeks, I will post some of the different work outs that I do so that you can do them with me!
I hope this helps and if you have any questions for me, please feel free to leave it in the comments below!