Get Fit for Spring from Home!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Les Mills. The opinions and text are all mine.

I’m all about promoting healthy living for a happy life. I grew up very active – I ran varsity cross country and track through high school and have spent every summer of my life on the river swimming, skiing, and kneeboarding.

After going away to college I fell out of my fitness routine for a few months, and while I didn’t gain the dreaded freshman fifteen, I did lose the muscle tone I had spent years developing.

Fast forward to now, and while I’m not in the best shape of my life, I’m getting there. A regular exercise routine paired with my recent move affording me the opportunity to walk around the city every day has definitely whipped me back into shape.

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I’m still being jostled around town from airbnb to airbnb while I look for an apartment and haven’t had the opportunity to check out any gyms, but I have been using the Les Mills fitness streaming service and it’s intense. Basically, it has a bunch of popular workout classes available to stream from online. I haven’t tried them all (I’m sticking with my favorites for now!) but a few highlights are:

  • Body Combat
  • CXWORX
  • Body Balance

I like doing the three on rotation because they focus on different things: Full body strength/cardio, core, and stretching/relaxation. The great thing about Les Mills is that you don’t have to commit up front. You can start a ten-day trial and if you don’t like it, there is no need to continue. (Though I think you’ll like it!)

Programs like Les Mills are great because you don’t have any excuses. It’s so easy to say that you don’t have time to get ready, go all the way to the gym, workout, and then come all the way home again. These workouts are 30 minutes – super easy to squeeze into your day, and effective, too!

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Workout tips & tricks:

  • Stay hydrated! Before, during, and after your workout. If you feel fatigued before you even start, chances are that you’re dehydrated.
  • Stretching is more important than you think! I used to always blow off stretching after my workout and I’d regret it the next day. Making stretches part of your nightly routine (whether you work out or not!) will change your life for the better.
  • Nobody starts out perfect. Doing videos it’s easy to get discouraged when you’re following somebody’s instructions and they’re not even breaking a sweat. Keep at it and that’ll be you one day!
  • Work out for you. The body positivity movement has been coming in strong, but still people feel the need to change themselves for other people. If you aren’t happy with something, fix it. If someone isn’t happy with you? Move along ’cause you’re flawless.
  • Form matters more than anything else. You might feel silly, but working out in front of a mirror is a great way to make sure that your form is right. Bad form can cause injuries and that is no fun.

What is your favorite way to work out and get fit? Have you ever tried workout videos?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Les Mills. The opinions and text are all mine.

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