5 Fitness Must-Haves For Beginners

As the colder weather gets closer, it’s hard to find the motivation to exercise, let alone get to the gym in the first place. But since it’s about to be the holidays, exercise is vital to staying sane and fit. If you’ve been thinking about joining a gym, or integrating some at-home exercises, now is the time to start. When I first joined a gym, I was about 16 and I was playing a lot of school sports at the time, so I really just went to run on the treadmill. I usually brought a water bottle and some headphones, and that was it. I didn’t really know what I needed. Continue reading

The Ultimate Workout Playlist

Have you ever had one of those “Monday incidents” where it’s not even a Monday, but it certainly feels like one? So far this week, every day feels like a Monday. I’ve been struggling to get out of bed, and find the motivation to do what I have to do. A huge part of this is because I’ve started going to the gym in the morning again, and my body is a bit confused with the change of routine. Kyle can sleep through an alarm clock like it’s his job, (probably a habit formed when he had to sleep in a huge room with 60 other guys a.k.a. barracks) so I’m usually the one that has to wake us up.

I’m more of a morning person than most, but I do struggle sometimes to truly wake up. I move pretty slow at first, which can make the first 20 minutes of any morning workout feel like a complete waste. I don’t have much time to use before work, so as soon as I enter the gym I try to make the very most of it. One thing I really rely on in the morning is having the perfect playlist to keep me energized. Continue reading

Five Things People Need To Stop Doing At The Gym

As most of you know, I’m a frequent gym-goer. I’m usually there 5 days a week, or I’m doing something outside to make up for it. I love my routine, and I’ve gotten to know the people that go to my gym pretty well. We all show up around the same time, and do the typical “smile and wave” gestures. We cheer each other on, while always keeping our interactions pretty brief. But there are some people that I’d rather not seeContinue reading

The Dreaded Fitness Plateau: 4 Ways to Conquer The Slump

We’ve all faced it a time or two: the dreaded fitness plateau. For those of you who are just getting into fitness and have yet to experience this, a plateau is like hitting a wall.  You’re stuck, and you don’t feel like you’re improving but you’re not getting worse either. Continue reading

Affordable Fitness Wear For Every Season

With Christmas just around the corner (25 days!) I’m working with Fabletics this month to introduce some of their awesome workout gear! I’m pretty picky about what I workout in, because I got so tired of spending tons of money on things that either wore out, or only felt good to sleep in. Continue reading

Why Wait For The New Year? Fitness Goals to Reach by December

One of my biggest downfalls in my own personal fitness is that I often put things off. I tell myself “it’s ok, I’ll just start on Monday instead.” Eventually Monday turns into never and I’m way behind on the goal that I wanted to reach. So I got to thinking: why do we wait until the New Year to make resolutions? Why not now? Continue reading

Prepping For Colder Weather: Running Gear That Will Keep You Moving

As an avid runner, I try to get outdoors atleast 9 months out of the year. But with that, I have to deal with some of the harsher winter months that make running comfortably a challenge. Whether it’s taking my gloves off to change my music, or having to adjust my hat 10 times, there are a lot of factors in the cold that can make you have to end your run. Luckily, I’ve found some great items over the years that have made this experience a lot better. Take a look! Continue reading

Five Fun Runs That Donate to Our Military 

A great way to stay fit and involved is to find some road races/5k’s that donate to your favorite cause. So many people are intimidated by the term “race”, but I’ve done a couple of these and trust me, you don’t notice that part of it. The only thing you’ll be paying attention to for the first 10 minutes is the humbling sound of thousands of sneakers hitting the ground around you. Atleast, that’s what I was doing. Continue reading

Becoming A Better Runner

Running is something that so many of us want to be good at. But it’s hard. I’ll be the first to say that I’m not an expert on running, or fitness as a whole. I have been a “runner” for my entire life, but it has always been a mental and physical challenge. I push myself to my limit every time I run, despite the faint voice in my head that says, “you’re tired, aren’t you?” It isn’t until my face is bright red and the sweat is dripping down that I allow myself to feel somewhat satisfied. Continue reading