How to Stay​ Fit!

I have received several questions on Instagram about how I stay consistent with workouts and how I stay active. I figured I’d break it down in 10 easy ways to be active this summer! So let’s jump right in.

 

  1. Plan your workouts/exercises in advanced – I like to plan my workouts at least a week in advance. I love spin classes so I try to fit them in my schedule 2-3 times per week. I also enjoy lifting so I rotate days with spin class. Sometimes you have no time for an actual class or going to the gym which is perfectly fine, but make an effort to take a walk in the middle of the workday even if it’s only 5-10 minutes.
  2. Find a group of people with similar goals as you – I started lifting about 6 months ago and I fell in love with it. My aunt and mom started lifting with me about 3 months ago. We all enjoy lifting together at the gym. It’s so fun to celebrate new personal records (PRs) with a group and compete against each other.
  3. Find a gym – When I was looking for a gym I considered many factors for choosing the right gym. I wanted a place that was close to my house, had a variety of classes and a lot of free weights. I love it because there is always a lot to do whether it’s taking a class of stretching or working on TRX. It’s always different.
  4. Get a dog – or a pet that will motivate you to take walks. In one of my previous posts, I introduced everyone to Finn. He is a puppy with a lot of energy, so we have to walk him and run in the backyard with him every day.
  5. Change it up – I like having options for working out. Sometimes that means going to the pool, working out at the gym, trying out new classes, or going on runs with my dog. Whatever you choose, make sure you make it a priority to be active.
  6.  Try different workouts – The Washington DC Metro area has several boutique gyms like Solidcore, SoulCycle, Rumble and tons of new gyms opening. Check one out!
  7.  Take a hike! – There are many parks around the DMV area that have walking trails and hiking trails. My favorites in the area include Great Falls, Lake Needwood, and Sugarloaf Mountain. Find a trail near you!
  8.  Take the stairs – Instead of taking the elevator, take the stairs. You will burn calories and tone up at the same time.
  9. Take time for yourself – Being fit and active doesn’t necessarily mean just taking care of your body but also your mind.  Take some time to do some breathing exercises and clear your mind. This will help to reduce your stress levels. I have an app called Breathe Sleep & Meditation. You can also go on YouTube and search for meditation and breathing videos.
  10. Have fun! – Do something you enjoy. It took me a while to find something I actually enjoy. I love CrossFit and SoulCycle but I tried several other workouts that I did not enjoy. When you find something that you enjoy it won’t seem like a huge undertaking.

 

 

My Soul Cycle Experience

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you’ve seen that I have been attending Soul Cycle for about 3 months now.

I first started taking regular spin classes at my local gym, and I loved it! I would attend spin class around 3 times a week. I started feeling unmotivated and felt like I hit a plateau. Then I stopped going to spin class for a few months and found Crossfit. I am still currently going to CrossFit and love it, but I was missing the spin class or some sort of cardio.

My best friend and I have always been curious about SoulCycle and made it a New Year’s resolution to try it out. On a Monday at 12pm, when classes open up for the following week, we signed up for our first SoulCycle class. We were both really nervous about attending our first class. It seemed kind of intimidating, especially since the clientele is mostly celebs.

When we got into the studio, I was nervcited. We were greeted at the front desk, signed a waiver, proceeded to get our spin shoes, and went to the coed locker room. We put our stuff away and got ready for class. The class before ours came out around the same time we arrived, and they were completely soaked. I was stunned to see all the different kinds of people that attend classes. I always thought everyone at SoulCycle would look super in shape. SoulCycle is for everyone!

As we set up our bikes, the instructor welcomed all the first time riders. The room was dark, candlelit and the music was very loud. We started the workout and OMG! The choreography was fun, the music was terrific, the atmosphere and energy were amazing. We did hills, sprints, and even an arm track where we used dumbbells. When the class was over, my friend and I came out completely drenched in sweat. I was hooked!

I consider myself relatively new since I have only been attending classes for 3 months, but I have noticed that I have seen a change in my mental and physical self. I was always self-conscious about how I looked or (thought) I looked just wearing a sports bra and leggings for workouts. I feel like SoulCycle has really helped me accept that we all have different body types. Instead of comparing yourself or putting yourself down, to just embrace yourself and be thankful for your body.

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If you are anything like me (a busy body), it’s hard to turn our brains off and be present. SoulCycle has provided me with a safe place to be myself and turn my mind off. The instructors are all inspirational and motivating.  Try SoulCycle you won’t be disappointed!