Oh exercise. Don’t most of us have a love/hate relationship with the thing? Love the way it makes us feel, hate everything else about it. Well over the years my relationship with fitness has started to lean almost completely towards love with only a little bit of hate 😉
Curious to know how I got there? First thing first, and I am sure you have heard it before, but cute workout clothes makes a huge difference in motivating you to get to the gym or even work out at home like I do (getting to that later). For me, it’s even more important that I have good quality clothes because if I have spent our hard earned money on something it’s gonna make me (aka guilt me) into using it!
I get most of my stuff from the C9 collection at Target, which I know is not crazy expensive, but $30 on a pair of leggings I am going to wear for 30 minutes is enough to make it feel indulgent to me. I love the C9 stuff because I feel like the pieces are easy to mix and match and almost all of the pants are high waist with compression which this mama appreciates!
Now as for the shoes…I used to be a Nike girl, but I have found them to be too wide lately? And I have not liked how the toe part is completely mesh, I don’t want to see the shape of my foot lol. Enter New Balance. I have always loved the NB x JCrew partnership but it hadn’t occurred to me to try their shoes for exercise. My parents got me these for my birthday and I LOVE them. Love the fit (TTS) and love the tan sole! The sole is just that little something you need to make these shoes a step up from your basic work out shoes.
Now to the good stuff. What fitness program do I use? I know there is a lot to choose from, Tracy Anderson, P90X, Beach Body and of course lots of great gyms out there (I do tag a long with my mom once a week to her gym where we take a great bootcamp class!) but my main source of fitness is done at home with PopSugar Fitness. I have been doing their videos (this is not sponsored btw) for over five years and I love them! I used them while pregnant, to bounce back after babies and now as my daily workout.
The best thing about these videos to me, is the variety of exercises and time choices. Usually I only do a 15 or 20 minute workout and then on the weekend, I will try one of the 30 minutes ones or if I am feeling really ambitious I will do a 40 minute one. They regularly add new videos to YouTube (and they have an app for your phone and for ROKU or Apple TV!) so I don’t get bored but here are a few of my favorites that I routinely go back to:
15 Minute Intense Bodyweight Workout–this one is great when you’re traveling to!
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