yoga
Three main factors that prevent most people from working out are time, energy and motivation. Even just the thought of going on a run or going to the gym can seem like torture to many.

 

Contrary to popular belief, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to overcoming these obstacles. However, some tried and true techniques that can definitely help are:

 

• Getting adequate sleep (6-8 hours a night)
• Getting clear on why you want to exercise and then setting specific health goals
• Eating foods that are right for your body
• Scheduling workouts into your daily calendar so you feel more accountable and make it a priority
• Focusing more on 20-30 minute high-intensity sweat sessions (HIIT, tabata, etc.) instead of moderate hour-long sessions (great for time efficiency and major calorie burning throughout the day)
• Making healthy changes from a place of positive inspiration, not punishment and guilt

Focusing more on getting healthier, rather than losing weight
• Choosing exercise methods that you actually like (if you hate running, don’t force yourself to do it, experiment with other forms of cardio or try out some new fitness classes)
• Being realistic with how long and how hard you can exercise for if you’re just beginning a routine. If you make drastic changes, you may feel overwhelmed and give up. Start easy and up your routine week by week.
• Paying for classes or a gym membership. Studies have shown that people are less likely to skip a sweat session if they’ve invested money in it.

Many people also find it beneficial to work out with a friend or partner to make sure they are accountable and stay motivated.
However, there are times when it could actually be more beneficial to work out alone…

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vacation

For the first time in a while, I don’t feel like I need a “vacation from my vacation.”

A vacation in and of itself is a way to escape the stress and hustle and bustle of daily life, however, so many of us come back from them feeling even more tired and bloated, looking for an extreme detox to make us not feel so guilty.

Because of this, I wanted to share some of the ways my friend and I planned our vacation to Charleston, South Carolina so we could enjoy ourselves without feeling like we had to spend a week working out double time and eating nothing but kale when we got back.

This is a topic that gets brought up with my friends, family and clients a lot so I wanted to make sure I spent a little time sharing a few strategies that have helped me.

So here’s how you can go on vacation and enjoy yourself without coming back feeling like you need to spend 2 weeks in drawstring pants with nothing but green juice in your hand…

1. Travel with a like-minded friend
If you don’t want to fall into bad eating and drinking habits on a trip, make sure you’re traveling with a friend or group of friends that support your healthier ways, and even better, enjoy a similar lifestyle. You will be more likely to do things that are around experience, rather than overindulging.

2. Pack healthy snacks ahead of time
I always make sure I go on any trip with a few healthy snacks in my bag. This helps me not resort to the limiting, processed foods at most airports and also allows me to support by body with healthy nutrition even if I do stray a bit from my normal diet. Some of my favorite products are ALOHA The Daily Good Whole Foods green powder, packets of Vega protein powder, raw nuts, organic apples and vegan/gluten-free nutrition bars such as GoMacro, 22 Days and KIND.

3. Get clear on your intentions for your trip
I would always plan my weekends and trips around where I was going to eat next and what new bar I was going to check out. Before I knew it I felt like I ate and drank in one day what I would normally in three. 

Although trying local food and hot spots are a great way to experience a new city, don’t make your entire trip only about food and booze. Make sure to set aside time for exercise or fun physical activities and sight seeing. Save the drinking for dinner time and don’t go overboard. 

4. Put your kicks on your list
One of the most common excuses for not getting in any exercise on vacation is “I didn’t have room for my sneakers.” So, although this might seem obvious, make sure sneakers are on your packing list and you MAKE room for them. In addition, make sure you pack a few pairs of workout clothes as well. If you stick to shorts or spandex, they won’t take up that much room at all. Don’t forget to also take your iPod or MP3 for an awesome playlist to inspire your workouts. Continue reading


Do you spend more time thinking of all the reasons why you can’t make it to the gym, than actually at the gym?

Do you look at other people around you and wonder “Are they really enjoying this?”

Here’s the truth…So much of actually getting into a good workout routine isn’t about willpower. To be honest, if you don’t like what your’e doing, you’re not going to do it.

Imagine if you didn’t have to feel like you were forcing yourself to workout, but rather that you wanted to get in a good sweat session.

Exercise shouldn’t just effect you on a physical level, but an emotional and mental one too. It shouldn’t only help you look good, but more than anything, it should make you feel good.

So how do you channel that feel good feeling so you’re more motivated to make exercise a part of your every day routine?

If you’re really want to start enjoying working out. If you want to feel good about the fact that you made it, that your’e in a good routine finally, then try some of the tips below to help make working out enjoyable.

If you like what you’re doing, chances are, you’re going to keep on doing it.

1. Shift your mindset

Ok, the first thing you have to do is change the way you’re thinking about exercise. If your’e constantly in the mindset of “I have to do it,” then you’re going to feel like it’s out of your control. There is a ton of negative energy and guilt associated with that mindset. I bet you can just feel yourself rolling your eyes and stomping your legs when you say that. Instead, shift your thinking to “I choose to do it.” This puts the ball in your court. It gives you the power again and will make you feel like you’re choosing to do good for your body, not being forced to. Simply changing the way you think about working out and how you phrase that thinking can be empowering. Don’t believe me? Next time you’re feeling resistant to going to the gym (or wherever your workout may be) try changing the way you think about it. Say it out loud if you have to. I bet you’ll be finding yourself walking out the door with your sneakers on, rather than sitting on your couch with them kicked off.

2. Do something you like doing

If you hate running, you’re not going to want to run. If you hate spinning, you’re not going to want to do spinning…incase you’re wondering, I hate spinning. Been there, done that, don’t like it. And that’s OK. You don’t have to like every type of exercise method out there. There are so many ways you can stay in shape and break a sweat. Just be willing to try new things instead of automatically saying you hate working out. I guarantee if you keep experimenting, you will find some form of exercise that feels good to you, excites you and makes you want to keep going back. There are constantly great deals on sites like ClassPass, GroupOn and LivingSocial that give you discounts to different classes, so you can get a taste of them without having to buy full memberships and break the bank. Many studios even offer discounted or free classes for first-timers. Also, check on MeetUp for free classes in your city. Going to different types of classes will also challenge you in new ways and keep you from getting bored of the same old routine. Try sports, different outdoor activities, boxing, spin, bootcamp, yoga, whatever your heart desires. Continue reading