Since we moved to Ohio, I’ve found far more time for exercising and healthy eating (the latter doesn’t always happen). It feels great to be in better shape, to feel in control of my body, and to see it make such progress (the attempt to get in shape has put be back to what I weighted freshman year of high school). It started with triathlon training (until this cute girl got pregnant and we decided not to race), and now I’m committed to maintaining the lifestyle change. Today I thought I’d share some of the things that have worked for me over the past few months:
1. Find a group. Whether it be signing up for a class or simply having a buddy, the accountability to another person is huge for me. Often, Ben works as my buddy, but recently it has been so helpful to have a group of ladies to exercise with.
2. Cute workout clothes. This is silly, I know, but for me, when I get something new, I want to wear it. When that new item happens to be active wear, you have to exercise in it. Plus, its nice to feel great while you’re working out, right? I love this line of active wear for women. Their subscription is a pretty good deal or you can purchase individual items.
3. Good music. For me, I need strong and upbeat songs that I know, and that change relatively often. Find songs that work for you. While training this summer I’d take an audiobook on a long bike ride and it worked miracles by taking my mind off of the exercise. For winter, I also love having our ipad with netflix going. For me, its more distracting than music and will push my workout longer because I want to get through the episode.
Whether its music, an audiobook, or a show, the headphones are important. The worst is when my earbuds pop out mid workout. One awesome option for exercising is Jaybird headphones. Their bluebuds x headphones are wireless, bluetooth headphones which give you a cord-free exercise experience. I’m hoping to win a pair (they’re giving away one everyday!) and then I’ll have the great debate to give them to Ben for Christmas, or keep them all to myself.