While many of us are dutifully trying to decrease our phone usage, I have to admit there is one area that I am proud to log some extra screen time in: exercise apps. I have several on my phone right now and they have totally helped motivate me to workout harder and longer while adding some much-needed variety to my fitness routine. There are loads of exercise apps out there for just about every goal under the sun, but these 5 make it to the top of my list because they are effective (and fun) for any fitness fanatic.

 

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Sweat:

App Store Rating: 4.5 Stars / 15K Ratings

Monthly Cost: $19.99

Best For: Women-Focused Fitness

Of all the exercise apps I’ve collected screen time over, this one has gotten the most use. Sweat has multiple programs that help women get on a workout plan that suits them. That’s right, it’s made just for women! I am on week 20 of PWR (power) which gives me workouts I can do at the gym without the steep price of a trainer. I also love BBG (Bikini Body Guide) because it’s so easy to do from home. The best part? BBG workouts are usually 28 minutes whereas PWR can take 55 minutes to complete.

 

30 Day Fitness:

App Store Rating: 4.1 Stars / 30K Ratings

Monthly Cost: $9.99

Best For: Fitness Beginners

Simple to use and refreshingly customizable, this app is perfect for someone that would like to begin exercising but doesn’t know where to start. All workouts can be done from your own home so it’s super convenient. My favorite part is that you can customize your own program by choosing workouts for the core, butt, legs, etc. based on your personal goals. I also love that workouts progressively become more difficult as you go so you will never hit a workout plateau.

 

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Fit Body:

App Store Rating: 4.3 Stars / 126 Ratings

Monthly Cost: $16.99

Best For: Customized Training

Anna Victoria has 1.2M followers and has helped thousands of women on their fitness journey with her Fit Body Guides and now her Fit Body app. This app has three workout programs suited to each type of training. ‘Shred’ is all bodyweight, high-intensity workouts designed to shed fat, ‘Tone’ is a dumbbell based program with a 50/50 focus on both toning and fat loss, and ‘Sculpt’ is the gym-based strength training program designed to sculpt lean muscle.

 

Asana Rebel:

App Store Rating: 4.6 Stars / 25.6K Ratings

Monthly Cost: Free (In-App Purchases)

Best For: Strength Training

This app has been the perfect compliment to my strength training as it adds balance and flexibility to my workouts with hundreds of modern yoga workouts from fat burn to strength. My favorite part about this one is that it offers mini-sessions that are great for busy schedules or adding 10-20 min of stretches to the end of any workout.

 

Down Dog:

App Store Rating: 4.9 Stars / 60.1K Ratings

Monthly Cost: Free

Best For: Yogis

If you want to start building your yoga practice, this is a fantastic app to get you there. Choose from 7 different voice options, input your ability level and how much time you have, then get practicing. You can also choose from 12 different practice areas to sharpen a particular area or just rotate through them all.

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Celebrating and taking care of the Earth doesn’t have to be limited to one day, but I love that we get to show the planet some extra love on April 22nd. It’s a particularly powerful day when you think about the fact that people from all over the globe are working towards the same goal. Whether you celebrate Earth Day with family, friends, or take on a solo mission, there are many ways to show your gratitude that are both fun and impactful.  Here are a few easy to implement ideas that you can do 365 days a year:

earth day tips: beach clean up

Spring Clean

We’ve all been to the beach and seen trash left behind. You pick it up, throw it out and move on with your day. What if you started to make a habit of doing an hour or two of that? What a huge difference that can make! Of course, you can clean up any public area near you. Grab some friends, meet up at your favorite local haunt and brighten it up.

 

Go Dark

One of the most memorable Earth Day activities I’ve had was from my early adulthood. I lived with 5 girls and we turned off all the electricity in the house and didn’t use devices. In honor of “Earth Hour,” we just talked by candles. We ate snacks that required no electricity to make and had so much fun turning-off for a bit and simply connecting with each other.

 

earth day tips: reusable bags

 

Shop With a Reusable Bag

Shopping with a reusable bag replaces disposing of so many of the paper and plastic bags you get at the grocery store or a boutique. Offered in many colors and designs, they even look stylish as you head around town picking up your necessities. Their ability to fold down into a small size makes it easy to tote them around or keep in your car. You never know when you might need it!

 

Buy New Consciously

There are loads of brands now that make eco-friendly clothes, give back to charitable causes or often, both. One of my favorite athleisure brands, Spiritual Gangster (makers of this sweatshirt I got from my last Wantable Edit as seen below) donates proceeds to provide a meal to a person in need through their partnership with Feeding America and has donated 11 million meals donated to date. Beyond Yoga, which can also be found in your Wantable Fitness Edits, is dedicated to transparent, ethical practices that support the people that help make the clothes possible.

 

earth day tips: ride your bike

 

Ride Your Bike

You’ve likely seen or even participated in a ‘ride your bike day’ in some capacity whether it be at work or school, but did you keep the momentum going? On Earth Day, wake up a little earlier and bike to work, school or both if you can. One way to shuttle younger kids is a box bike. I use mine daily to get around our city and it’s allowed us to be a one car family which has been impactful for the planet and our family budget as well as being loads of fun for the kids and their friends. Of course, that’s not possible for everyone depending on your climate, but there’s bound to be more eco-friendly (and fun) ways you can get around when weather permits.

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If you exercise you can call yourself a fitness person and if you call yourself a fitness person you’ve probably experienced some sort of soreness or injury. While one is quite temporary, both can be somewhat debilitating and the later can completely derail your fitness efforts–not cool. One easy way to speed up recovery time and help prevent injury? Stretching. Sure, it’s time-consuming and the results aren’t always inherently noticeable, but trust me there are loads of benefits. It protects your muscles, cools your body down and increases flexibility. I visited Stretch Lab in Santa Monica for a 50 min one-on-one stretching session to chat about the most important stretches for those who like me, like a long work out and a short stretching session. Here are four stretches that will keep you moving.

best stretches: quad stretch

1. Quad Stretch

From standing or laying on one side, bring one heel toward your rear-end. Always ensure that your knees stay close together to make sure that the stretch is done safely and properly. Great for runners, yogis, and cyclists, it will help to improve flexibility and is great both before and after your workout.

 

2. Figure 4

Start by laying down or standing up. Bend one leg and cross that calf over the opposite straight leg at the thigh (creating a 4) and slowly bring the straight leg toward chest (or chest to the legs if standing). If you’re ready to go beyond this try a pigeon pose variation for a deeper stretch. This stretch is a great hip opener and gently stretches the lower back and glutes.

 

best stretches: runners lunge

3. Runners Lunge with a Twist:

I don’t want to complicate things, but a little twist after runner’s lunge is the total body stretch we all need. Get into runner’s lunge and come up on to your hands if you do yours down on your forearms (which, go you!) Taking the arm on the same side as the bent leg up to the sky while turning your torso to the same side. Keep the opposite hand grounded and then switch. This stretch benefits the whole body as well as strengthens your stability.

 

4. Side Lunge

From a standing position, separate legs slightly more than hip distance and bend one leg allowing your torso to lean to that side never putting weight directly on the bent knee. It’s a great lower body exercise and you’ll love how it strengthens and tones both your inner and outer thighs!

 

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Sleep is one of the most crucial parts of our overall health. It is easy to give up an hour here and there to watch the Bachelor and sometimes almost impossible to get enough like when you have small children, but it is absolutely imperative for regulating things like weight, mood, muscle growth, and tissue repair. Most of us know how important sleep is, but we still don’t get enough of it and when we do the quality might not be ideal. With that being said, starting your day off on the right foot is equally as important as the way you end it. One surprising thing that can help you improve both your mornings and evenings? Your phone. I know, I know. It seems like the exact opposite of the answer you’d expect, but these meditation apps are a lifesaver and will help you form a healthy habit in your day to day routine. I’ve tested a few of the top-rated meditation apps to give my honest (and hopefully helpful) recommendation.

 

morning meditation

The Mindfulness App:

App Store Rating: 4.7 Stars / 1K Ratings

Monthly Cost: $9.99

Best For: Getting Started as a Beginner

I found this app and the task at hand (mediation) easy to digest. They’re quick 5 min meditations which were great as a beginner. After completing one of my sessions, the app even told me to congratulate myself. This little reminder might seem trite to more advanced meditators, but to me, it was the validation I needed that I was indeed doing something good for myself.

 

Calm

App Store Rating: 4.8 Stars / 346.8K Ratings

Monthly Cost: $9.99

Best For: Meditating with the Fam

If like me, there’s more than one member of your household who could use help in the sleep department, the variety of content Calm offers might be right up your alley. You can use it to play lullabies, music, sleep stories and meditations. Not sure where to start? Trust me when I say the sleep stories are the best part. There was one narrated by Matthew McConaughey where he spoke to you and then read Wonder by Chris Advansun. He’s such a talented storyteller; I really felt like he was right there telling this sleep story just for me and it filled me with calm.

 

morning meditation

Simply Being

App Store Rating: 4.7 Stars / 1.6K Ratings

Total Cost: $1.99

Best For: Timed Music for Sleep

No more waking up in the middle of the night to white noise coming from your phone and realizing your phone will be dead because you forgot to plug it in. With Simply Being you can choose from 5 meditation times, and it will turn off when it’s over. You have the option to listen to the guided meditation alone or with music or nature sounds. The narrator is female which I dig. Her name is Mary, and she has worked in both conventional and alternative settings as a counselor and healing arts practitioner, which did seem to make the guidance a little more clinical (in a good way) than the other apps.

 

Clementine

App Store Rating: 4.6 Stars / 82 Ratings

Monthly Cost: $0.49 (yes, you read that correctly)

Best For: Morning Meditation

Finally! There’s an app by women, for women who want to radiate confidence but are struggling with anxiety, low self-esteem or just feeling overwhelmed by life’s stresses. Clementine is witty, sharp and aesthetically on-point. I found the five-minute ‘Confidence boost’ to start the day or before a big interview to be really helpful. I actually used it before a job interview, and I got the job! Coincidence? Maybe, but it obviously didn’t hurt me.

 

morning meditation

Headspace

App Store Rating: 4.9 Stars / 476.7K Ratings

Monthly Cost: $12.99 (after a free course on the basics)

Best For: Spiritual Meditation

This is the most popular of meditation apps and for a good reason. I have been using it for about 5 years to practice mindfulness, get the skills I need to be more productive during the day and focus on the things that matter most. The Basics course is entirely free and will teach you the fundamental techniques of meditation and mindfulness– that’s a huge plus if you’re starting out. After that, by subscription, gain access to the full Headspace meditation library which includes meditations for everything from anxiety to mediation for kids.

 

Sleep Smart

App Store Rating: 5 Stars / 2 Ratings

Cost: $1.99

Best For: Improving Quality of Sleep

Not into mediation or already mastered it? There’s an app for that. Sleep Smart is a science-based app both for people experiencing sleeping problems and those that just want to improve their sleep. It helps you collect data about your sleep activity using the smart functions portion allowing you to make better adjustments to your sleep schedule. Sleep experts weigh in using the latest methods to give users tools to improve their sleep and establish new routines.

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Lately, I’ve been losing a bit of interest in my regular workout routine. The gym and my typically refreshing indoor yoga classes just haven’t been enough to help me out of my rut. When I start to feel my routine has become monotonous, I know it’s time for a new perspective. Getting outside for exercise is often something I reserve for special occasions like travel or long weekends, but there are so many benefits to skipping the gym and working out outside. It rejuvenates your mind, body, and soul so much that it’s really a no-brainer to make it part of your weekly routine. Not quite convinced? Here are four amazing benefits of skipping the gym and getting outdoors.

 

mind body and soul: outdoor fitness

Natural Mood Elevator

There’s a reason mama, model, and organic skincare entrepreneur, Miranda Kerr says, “I find regular yoga, meditation and getting out in nature—a walk or a swim in the ocean—are great ways at managing and overcoming stress.” Getting outside helps elevate mood, manage stress, increase energy and can even spark creativity. Next time you’re feeling a little bit down take a walk and a few deep breaths before anything else. It might lead to an unexpected sweat session or creative breakthrough.

 

mind body and soul: outdoor fitness

Can contribute to more graceful aging

Research published in the Journal of Aging Health shows that getting outside on a daily basis may help us stay healthy and functioning longer in old age. Participants in the study who spent time outdoors every day at age 70 showed fewer complaints of aching bones or sleep problems when they reached the age of 77 than those who did not head outside each day. Get outside so you can better enjoy your older years.

 

mind body and soul: outdoor fitness

Longer Workouts

Being outside can make you healthier, but some benefits are more tangible than that.  A Huff Post article on the subject states, “Not only are the outdoors great for making exercise feel easier and often more enjoyable, but some outdoor elements — like those mountains — directly contribute to weight loss. Simply spending time at high altitude could help shed some pounds, even if you’re just visiting. The higher heights can speed up your metabolism, while actually lessening hunger cravings.” That’s one heck of an argument for some SPF45 and a long outdoor hike.

 

mind body and soul: outdoor fitness

Increased Vitamin D

We all know by now logging time in the sun is one way we can ensure our bodies get more Vitamin D. Why is that so important? At the risk of scaring you all away from your screens and sending you running for the nearest exit; Vitamin D deficiency has now been linked to multiple types of cancer including breast cancer, mental health issues like depression, and even weight gain. So head outside (with some protective sunscreen, of course) and soak up some rays.

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Who wants a round, perky butt? *raises hand* We all do, but glute exercises to help build that booty can be difficult, daunting and if you’re not well-versed in lifting heavy weights… scary! Why is a killer booty workout so important? Well, aside from making your butt perkier, rounder and perhaps even a little larger, weighted glute exercises are a basically a results factory for your entire body. Each time you squat or deadlift with the bar you’re targeting your glutes, but giving yourself a stronger core, more defined legs, and toned arms. Plus, you’re helping to ensure your knees and hips stay in proper alignment. What’s not to love about that?

glute exercises

 

Okay, so how does one get started? First, take a deep breath. We all start glute workouts the same way. The very beginning. A year-and-a-half ago I was there looking at the seriously toned girl at my gym deadlifting 200lbs hoping that could be me, but feeling more than inadequate. I spent months laying the groundwork with good glute work to raise that booty up and now I’m very proud to say I can deadlift almost as much as her. I’ve managed to deadlift 190lbs so far which I honestly never thought that would be possible two years ago. How did I do it? Working my way up s-l-o-w-l-y from beginner-friendly exercises which are comprised of resistance work with a resistance band (grab one on Amazon if you don’t have one) and Pilates-inspired moves to get those muscles and brain ready for the more advanced stuff. Today, I’m excited to share the tried and true exercises that made my workout regimen (and my glutes) more well-rounded.

 

glute exercises

 

Resistance-band Deep Squats and Side Steps

The resistance squat helps to activate the IT band and external rotators. Focusing on the muscles and fibers increases the neuro-muscular connection which will help maintain a proper form when doing weighted squats. Always remember: you do not want to let the knees pass the toes and maintain a 90-degree angle. For the side steps, stay in the squat position with the band below the knees or at the ankles. Staying low, take one step to the right and back, then one step to the left and back for one rep.

 

glute exercises

 

Butt Kick Back and Bridge Hip Thrusts

A butt kickback has the added benefit of targeting your hamstrings too. Start on all fours with a band around your feet. Extend your right foot behind you, keeping the band straight, and lower for 1 rep. Do this without the band for a modification (don’t worry, it will still torch your glutes). As for bridge hip thrusts, these are great to do to a Pussy Cat Doll’s song–just trust me. It’s a thing. From bridge position with the band places around your legs below your knees, simply lift and lower your hips. To make it more difficult you can hold a weight at your chest and/or place shoulders on an incline to increase the range of motion.

 

glute exercises

Bridge with Leg Lift

Get in to bridge position on your shoulders and feet and extend one leg straight into the air reaching for the sky. Lower and lift your leg for one rep. Being in bride pose has so many benefits outside of toning your glutes, so don’t be afraid to use it to help you get your blood flowing or to alleviate stress.

 

glute exercises

Standing Kickback

Stabilize yourself on something – a wall or tree will do. With the band around both legs (at about ankle-height) kick back your left leg keeping band taut and return to a standing position for one rep. Note: you can bring each out to the side to target either side of your glutes as well!

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You’ve selected the perfect gift and painstakingly planned a unique and oh-so-memorable Valentine’s Day for you and your beloved one or bestie, but then realize you don’t have a single thing to wear. Don’t fret, that last part is so not true. Of course you have things to wear. I’ve rounded up three trendy outfits that are as easy to pull together as they are cute—perfect for any way you spend your Valentine’s Day.

trendy outfits: valentines day outfit

Romantic Date Night Out

I always love a good floral wrap front blouse for romantic Valentine’s Day plans. It’s feminine, sweet and adjustable (gotta leave some wiggle room for a big ol’ piece of chocolate cake). Red and pink are obvious choices for the holiday but don’t be afraid to venture out into other pastels if those aren’t your go-to colors. Accents like fringe or ruffles can add a little bit of modern edge and femininity (work it, girl).

 

trendy outfits: valentines day outfit

Movie Night With the Gals

First, can I just say I am all about having a night-in with girlfriends more often? Studies have shown time with friends can be good for your health and even increase life expectancy. It’s no easy feat maintaining friendships as a busy adult–moves, children and job changes can make keeping in touch more difficult. But staying close to those that truly make an impact on your happiness can impact your health, it’s a no brainer to work them into your schedule more often. I prefer an intimate night in with the besties to a wild night out and there’s no night like movie night for relaxed denim and a casual tee. Just add a utility jacket in a romantic hue and you’ll be cozy and chic.

 

trendy outfits: valentines day outfit

Just Another Thirsty Thursday

Even before I had kids, I appreciated a good all-black outfit and now that black fabric easily hides what little hugs from cute, but unwiped faces may leave behind, it’s basically my uniform. Make your wine sipping Valentine’s Day date night outfit be as stress-free and chic as possible with a black moto jacket–they go with everything so make sure you get one stat if you don’t have one already–and finish your ensemble with black denim and a black sweater. Want a little more detail? Add prints and patterns to break up your look.

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After you’ve mastered a few necessary basics such as lunges with a kettlebell overhead, you can begin to work on some impressive exercises that not only look pretty legit but feel empowering, too. My favorite? The Turkish get-up. Okay, so, what the heck is it? It’s a bit complicated before it’s broken down, and honestly, it took me a few weeks of practice before I really got the hang of it. Like riding a bike, once you grasp it – you won’t forget it. I’ve broken it down in a few steps with images for you to reference once you decide to give it a try!

1.

Get your kettlebell. Start with a lighter one until you know what you’re capable of and work your way up slowly. Grasp the kettlebell in both hands and lay on one side curled slightly in a fetal-like position. Bring the kettlebell to your chest.

 

kettlebell turkish get up steps

2.

Position your legs. First, legs form a 90-degree angle with your body. Then, bend one leg (the leg on the same side as the kettlebell) and place that foot flat on the floor slightly above the spot where your knee was before you bent your leg.

 

kettlebell turkish get up steps

3(a).

Position your arms. Place the free arm out to your side so that it forms a 45-degree angle with your body, palm down. Place the arm carrying the kettlebell above your shoulder keeping your wrist and elbow completely straight and eyes on the prize… or in this case, kettlebell.

3(b).

Use the free arm to push yourself up onto your forearm in one swift movement.

 

kettlebell turkish get up steps

4.

Move from your forearm to your hand. To avoid letting the kettlebell sway forward, try to imagine that you’re placing your shoulder blade in your back pocket.

 

kettlebell turkish get up steps

5.

Make your bridge by raising your butt off the floor

 

kettlebell turkish get up steps

6(a).

Sweep the straight leg back so the knee is where you were sitting.

6(b).

Slowly rise up so your torso is perpendicular to the ground and your free hand it at your side. Your back foot will be pointed at an angle so adjust it so that it’s aligned behind you like it would be for a normal lunge.

 

kettlebell turkish get up steps

7.

Keeping your elbow locked, stand up. It’s tricky, but you must try to avoid allowing your ribs to flare out or your lower back to overarch. At this point, you can stop looking at the kettlebell and look in front of you.

 

kettlebell turkish get up steps

8.

Once your standing, you may feel incredible, but you’re only halfway done with one repetition (sorry!). Now you’ll run it all back in reverse. Two helpful tips: 1.) when you get back to the kneeling position, don’t forget to pivot your back leg below the knee so that it forms a 45-degree angle with your front leg. 2.) As you sit back as you bring the fingertips of your free hand down your thigh until it reaches the floor, and place it a few inches from your knee. Continue to do everything in reverse your steps until you’re in the starting position.

9.

When you are ready for the next side, grasp the kettlebell in both hands and move out of fetal position on to your back. Bring the kettlebell around your head – over the top of it and always still on the floor until you reach your other side. Get into fetal position on the other side and start your 2nd rep.

 

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At the risk of sounding cliche, I can’t believe it is the New Year already! I kept and continue to keep the same basic New Year’s fitness resolutions each and every year since I was in my twenties: to be happier, healthier and stronger. Usually, it’s easy to find others with those same resolutions, which is perfect for holding me accountable. It’s my theory that having the same resolutions year after year means you are always improving! One thing is for sure; thanks to a few tricks I’ve picked up over the last 10+ years, I’ve gotten better and better at keeping them. I hope that these tips will be just as helpful to you as they are for me!

1. Playlist Goals.

Whenever I’m feeling like slowing down or even giving up altogether, a good playlist makes all the difference. The songs that always gets me going? Beethoven (I Love to Listen To) by the Eurythmics and naturally, any song with a high BPM by the great Britney Spears.

2. Take some Pre.

If you asked me 2 years ago what ‘pre’ was I would have no idea and probably think it was meant for Instagram fitness models, but none of that holds true today. I live for CLEAN+LEAN because it gives you loads of energy with zero jitters or anxiety and seriously allows me to go beyond my natural threshold for exertion and helps me to achieve my health goals.

3. Just Do It.

For the days you don’t feel like doing anything, but you aren’t sick, sore or injured, try to get going. Sure, it’s a little harsh, but unless your body or soul is pleading for a day off, get moving. On the days where it’s hard to get motivated, I always tell myself, “10 min is better than zero!”

 

new year's fitness resolutions: just do it

4. Eat for Success.

It goes without saying that eating well will help you get and maintain any New Year’s fitness resolution you have, but I honestly believe it’s one of the most important (if not the most important) aspects. A large proportion of your fitness-related results will come from a balanced diet.

5. Supplement.

It’s challenging (at least for me) to get all the nutrients and energy needed through diet alone. According to a DNA test I just did, I’m low on Omega 3s. Supplements to the rescue! Hoping to make this your healthiest year yet? Try uncovering things like whether or not you have the ‘fat gene,’ your caffeine metabolism, iron uptake, and vitamin B12 uptake. Find out where you’re lacking and supplement with personalized vitamins. Gone are the days of one-size fits all women’s multivitamins. These are based on DNA test results, a quick online questionnaire, and personal goals.

 

new year's fitness resolutions: supplement

6. Start Small.

Don’t feel like your goal has to be as grand as never touching processed carbs or sugar and working out for 2 hours each day. Habits take a long time to form and most of us (raises hand) give up soon after we start because it’s soooo hard! Treat big resolutions like a pizza and slice them up in to easy to digest pieces, then tackle them one at a time until you’ve accomplished what you wanted.

7. Sharing Is Caring.

Tell at least one other person about your resolution. If you’re up for it, put it on social media and ask for help to keep you accountable. The more, the merrier. This increases your likelihood of sticking to the habit because obviously, you don’t want to have to come clean to a bunch of people if you fall off track.

 

new year's fitness resolutions: think happy thoughts

8. Think Happy Thoughts.

As woo-woo as that may sound, positive thinking really does help! If you catch yourself heading down a negative thinking path, pull yourself out with some good ol’ confidence-building mantras for a gentle reminder of your intentions.

9. Treat Yo’self.

Little rewards along the way will help keep you motivated. My personal favorite is new workout clothes for victories at the gym,   and of course, there’s always Wantable to help you out there!

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When holiday festivities start to take over your schedule, making healthy choices becomes increasingly difficult. That’s why, when asked about my fitness regimen while traveling for work, my mind went straight to sharing tips on staying fit throughout the holidays. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but here are a few go-to strategies I’ve practiced over the years that have helped me stay fit during the busiest season of the year.

 

staying fit during the holidays:

1. Make sacrifices.

Love wine or craft beer? Try indulging in just one less glass if you plan to reach for the sweets. A six-ounce glass of wine that has an ABV of 15% has about 144 calories, which is about as much as a small dessert. If you like spritzers, you can mix wine with club soda (which has zero calories) to make your drinks last throughout the night (and maybe have two helpings of dessert).

 

2. Make it a group effort.

Register for a Santa Run or another fitness event that happens to take place this time of year. Don’t forget to get your significant other, sibling, or best-friend to run with you. Going at it together will help you make sure you get your workout in and don’t miss any quality time with loved ones. Don’t like to run? Catch up with friends on a walk, hike, or by going to yoga together.

 

staying fit during the holidays

3. Try new things.

If going to the gym is a big part of your fitness routine, don’t let travel keep you away. Call gyms in the area you’re traveling and ask about trial memberships. If you’re into yoga, many studios offer guests one free pass; grab a 5 or 10 class pass to keep up your asanas after that. Since you probably know people where you are going, ask someone where they go and plan to go together!

 

staying fit during the holidays: be flexible

4. Be flexible.

Holidays can get really hectic and that can make your fitness routine or healthy eating plans fall underway. It’s important to remember that each day is brand-spankin’ new and you can always get back on track. You should never be too hard on yourself, but especially over the holidays. They are meant to be enjoyed!

 

5. Socialize your goals.

Letting friends and family know you plan to eat gluten-free or are training for a half marathon will only help you reach your goals. Talking to others about goals acts as a reminder that they are important to us and it also ensures you have a league of cheerleaders on your team!

 

originally published on bethanimalprint.com

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