Working out and staying sane

Hello Friends!

The craziness continues to run rampant in our household as we have both finished up our last weeks at work, worked on packing and trying to keep the house clean for showings simultaneously, and move!

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I wanted to talk to you guys about what keeps me sane during these crazy times. Besides my amazing husband, family and friends; taking 40 to 60 minutes to workout has helped keep me physically and mentally together.

I think I took for granted exactly what some form of exercising does until our recent TX trip. We didn’t try to find a gym and because of humidity were unable to walk or hike as much as we normally would have.

When we came back and started returning to the gym and home workouts I just felt lighter and in a better head space.

Working out is basically like eating or breathing in our house so we really don’t think about it or what it’s doing for us until we stop.

There are so many benefits to being active- both physical and mental. I don’t talk about it on this blog as much as I do about food, but it brings me just as much happiness.

I always preach that you don’t need to go to a gym and do “exercises” to be healthy. You simply need to be active in whatever way brings you happiness. Dancing, walking, barre, sports-it all gets the blood flowing and the endorphins going. Sooooo if you don’t already I highly encourage you to get some movement into your day!

After all, couldn’t we all use more endorphins? I think so!

Thanks for reading my random ramblings you guys! I hope you are all having a great week!!

Workout Favorites

Happy FRIDAYYY!! Today I wanted to share with you a few workout things I have been loving πŸ™‚

The first is Pilates…I’ve been really loving incorporating Pilates movements into my strength training. Whether I’m at home or at the gym these movements help target muscles I don’t normally use if I’m just strength training or doing cardio.

I actually took a couple of Pilates classes while I was in college and really loved it. It really warms up my muscles and feels like a good warm hug. I’ve been loving it and if you wanna try it out just hit up YouTube and put in “Pilates Workout.” You’ll find a workout you will love!

The next thing is this new resistance band I got from Amazon. It’s from the brand Ethereal Gym. It’s a fabric type resistance band and man has it amped up my home workouts. I still have my elastic bands, but I’ve been feeling the burn with this guy.

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Going back to the Pilates-this band helps increase difficulty on some of those movements. I will say it’s a good idea to build up to this band if you are just starting to use resistance in your workouts.

Another “workout” type activity I have been loving is walking on the beach. It’s been hella hot in LA and especially in the Valley so hiking has been out of the question for me, but I do miss it. We’ve been loving going to the beach because it tends to be a little cooler by the water so we’ve been taking some strolls on the sand.

This is great because it is cooler by the water so I don’t feel overheated and cranky, I love walks, and walking in soft sand uses more energy since you’re trying to stabilize yourself.

The last item on this list is this massage roller device that looks like a scary torture contraption. I had received this back in March (I think?) in my Fab Fit Fun box. I used it for a little while then, but recently I’ve been interchanging it with my foam roller.

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It’s been a great tool to roll on my legs after leg day. I feel like it goes deeper than my foam roller and does a great job at targeting my tensed up muscles.

 

Half Day in the Life

I thought it would be fun to bring you guys along for a part day in the life! We had a pretty fun and active day with some good eats so why not share it? Right?!

We started our morning off with a workout at the gym. We had planned on a hike after so we grabbed some food from a Starbucks drive through.

The egg white, spinach, feta wrap for B

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The egg white, turkey bacon, and cheese sandwich for me

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And a berry trio yogurt to share!

I’m not into eating egg whites alone, but I really enjoy it from Starbucks. Is that weird?!

We went for this beautiful hike in Eaton Park and eventually got to this beautiful fall. It’s not a crazy big one, but I still love it. The view was gorgeous and it was a fun and pretty easy hike!

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Post hike we went and grabbed lunch from this waffle place-Wahfles. We got the Scarlette Johanson (the chicken) and the Penn Steak (the beef). Both were good!

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We did not get a sweet waffle from here because we had one more stop before heading back home…

Donut Man!

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We wanted to save our sweet teeth for these donuts. We got quite a few, but we both loved the cinnamon crumb the best πŸ™‚

I hope you enjoyed this part day in the life! What have you been up to today? Let me know in the comments below!

HIIT at Home

I LOVE talking about food…but this blog iiis about finding balance so for me working out is a part of that balance. I don’t know if I talk about it that much but we do consistently workout, but sometimes we (I) get into ruts!

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Donut’s are also included in that balance πŸ˜‰

That’s when I like to switch it up πŸ™‚ I don’t go to the gym everyday and instead incorporate workouts at home into my regimen. I do tend to stick to more pilates type movements when I am at home, but I decided to add some HIIT to that recently just to make it more interesting.

I have really enjoyed getting my heart rate up and all the jumping around as well to be honest! Jumping jacks, mountain climbers, squat jumps all work up a sweat.

There are a lot of HIIT workout videos, but I’ve kinda been doing my own thing so I can play around with movements that feel the best for me.

I like to throw in a workout blog up every once in a while just to say that you don’t have to spend a ton of money to be the best, fittest you. I hope you guys enjoyed this post!

Let me know what you think about HIIT and what kind of workouts you enjoy doing down in the comments below. Thanks for visiting!

Training at Home

Good morning sunshines! It has been a minute since I have had any workout content on my blog. That’s mostly because we’ve been going Β to they gym and there’s not much to report from there. I did want to talk to you guys about what I’ve been doing when I don’t go to the gym!

We have been having some delicious treats and to balance that out we’ve been trying to stay as active as possible. This means going to the gym when I’m off from work, walking as much as possible, and when I can’t make it to the gym getting in a good training sesh at home.

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I recently made the leap and bought some resistance bands from Amazon and I have been loving being able to incorporate them into my workout. They are great for strengthening and toning up your body.

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I normally do my own routine depending on what I am feeling, but I am including some good resistance band training videos if you need some guidance πŸ™‚ These are great when you’re in a rut because they give can give you the workout inspo that you need.

Full Body Resistance Loop Workout

Total Body Mini Band Workout

Tone Your Legs, Tighten Your Tush

When I’m working out at home I catch up on YouTube videos and time flies, but I also look forward to the end of my workout when I can use my foam roller πŸ˜€ It’s seriously the best feeling.

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I hope you enjoy the videos and let me know what your favorite at home workouts are in the comments below!