Top 5 Workout Items

I am just getting back into my workout routine… aka I am really sore and can barely move, thanks Brandon for yesterday’s workout! But, getting back into the swing of things has me thinking about my next workout and how much I used to love it.

So, in the spirit of having fitness on the brain, I’m sharing my top 5 workout items that I can’t live without!

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  1. Beats Wireless Headphones – total wishlist item, but having music while I workout is a total must-have and having a good sound system for that music is high on my list. My favorite Pandora station to jam out to while working out is Swedish House Mafia, I mean that upbeat tempo doe!
  2. Mizuno Running Shoes – I’m in desperate need of a new pair, but Mizunos’ have been my running shoe since college! If you’re looking for a new pair of running shoes, I highly recommend going to your local running store where they fit you based on your needs. If you’ve never been to a specialized running shoe store, go check it out! They watch you run, measure the arch in your foot and provide a recommendation based on your foot strike. Locally, I really like Fit2Run in Boca Raton, FL. If you’re in Jax, check out my friends at JRC.
  3. Yoga Mat – My yoga mat is a must at all times. It’s perfect for stretching and strengthening, it is also perfect for those who prefer HIT and body-bearing workouts over the machines. But if I am being completely honest, I am totally eyeing Lululemon’s The Mat yoga mat – I’ve only heard great things!
  4. My Gym Bag – umm, need I say more. I love this Nike duffle gym bag. It has a compartment for EVERYTHING.
  5. Trigger Point Foam Roller – I cannot say enough good things about my foam roller. It is my life saver! If you do not have a roller, go out, right now, don’t walk, RUN to your nearest running store and add this to your arsenal of workout gear! I promise you won’t regret it.

Aside from loving these must-have items for working out, my top 3 apps to help you stick to your goals, can be found here.

What workout gear is top on your list? Share in the comments below! 

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Strive for Progress, Not Perfection

Friends, I need your help. I am struggling to stick to my workout/healthy eating routine (I don’t want to call it a diet, because a diet is just a fad, I want this to last). Some of you may look at me and think that I don’t need to lose any weight and that I am crazy for having this goal, but my body composition has certainly changed from what it used to be. I know this happens to most as we get older and don’t continue to be as active, but the change in my body regardless of how minimal it may appear, feels so much different than what it used to be. Going from pushing my body to it’s limits with two-a-days as a college athlete to rarely working out has made a huge difference, and not in a good way! Ideally, I would like to lose 8 pounds, but if I am toning and leaning out, I don’t really care about the final number on the scale… after all, muscle does weigh more than fat. With all of the said, I think I can hold myself more accountable if I share my progress with you. So here it goes, today starts the day I share this journey. I plan on kicking it into high gear without a gym membership but instead at home with plyometric circuits, high intensity training, yoga and running. I want to strive for progress, not perfection!

Current Weigh-In:

Weight: 135.2 lbs | Fat Percentage: 25.1% | Activity Level: Low (running and yoga a couple of times a week, very sporadic)

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Let’s do this!

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Yoga To Go: Making Time for Your Mat

I don’t know about you, but I always seem to struggle getting my workout in, there’s always some excuse: too cold for a morning run, too tired after work or I just don’t feel like working out (even though I know I will feel so much better after I do!) To eliminate the number of excuses I can come up with I often do my workouts first thing in the morning, but every now and then that just doesn’t work and an afternoon workout is the only time available. Earlier this week I attempted to make it to the 5:15 yoga class in San Marco but after sitting in traffic for 30 minutes no more than a few miles away from my house I realized I wasn’t going to make it, so I turned around to head back home. Finding myself sitting in traffic for another 30 minutes just to end up exactly where I began without spending time on my mat was extremely frustrating!! During my ride back home I decided to find a yoga session on YouTube and do my practice there, making time for my mat regardless of the obstacles presented.

I found this 60 Minute Hardcore Yoga (Advanced) video:

It was great, I was able to get my practice in despite life (aka TRAFFIC) getting in the way! This video is a good one to follow for advanced yogis, it was a little different from my normal practice, but it was good to switch it up. Sometimes I think the hardest part of working out or doing yoga at home is knowing what to do (or lack there of). I run into the same problem when I travel, trying to get time on my mat without really knowing what to do. I think this Travel To Go Workshop offered by Power Yoga San Marco is so timely and may be just want I am looking for to help me continue my practice on the go! Details below:

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If you’re around, I hope to see you there! Do you maintain your practice on-the-go? Share your tips and tricks in the comments below!

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Yoga Pose of the Week: Forearm Balance

Forearm balance is actually a lot harder than it looks… and for whatever reason I felt like I needed to master it last week. I was constantly turning upside down and practicing Pincha Mayurasana at the beach, around the house, at the studio, anywhere and everywhere! Since I was a 10-year gymnast I thought it would be fairly easy, I have my headstand and handstand and I can walk around on my hands for an excessive amount of time, but forearm balance, man it’s hard!

I am still working on the pose, trying to make sure my shoulders don’t sink and that my back doesn’t arch too much. But everyday is a step forward in making progress and practice helps us achieve progress. Here are some pics from the beach this past Sunday:

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If you are trying to get into Pincha Mayurasana start off in Dolphin with your forearms flat on  the ground, palms facing the earth and a shorter stance than Downward Dog. Once you’re in Dolphin walk your feet closer to your arms and try to lift one or both legs to bring it up slowly. You should start to feel the weight shift from your feet into your forearms, once you do slowly kick up and balance. I highly recommend doing this near a wall until you are comfortable.

Remember, whatever we are looking to achieve today it takes patience and practice, don’t give up and just keep trying (or if you love Nemo like I do – just keep swimming!)

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