I know just as well as anyone else out there that finding time for a workout can be challenging, and at times when I’m super busy I turn to interval training, or HIIT workouts. HIIT (High-Intensity-Interval-Training) takes a lot less time and burns a lot more calories making it a very efficient way to work out.
I am consistently asked about what supplements are needed to lose fat, and gain muscle, or which supplements I take each day…. there are so many supplements on the market today. It can be difficult to know what supplements are beneficial and which are the right choice for you and your needs, and honestly just walking down the supplement aisle can be so overwhelming!
I have been a long distance runner for most of my life. I started running when I was in fifth grade because my best friend’s parents were making her join the cross country team and she didn’t want to go by herself. I remember the day vividly because the only tennis shoes I owned were those old school white Keds, so that is what I showed up in for my first day of practice. I think I ran in those shoes for a good three weeks until my mom got paid and was able to get me a pair of real tennis shoes that didn’t cause blisters to form on my Achilles. Anyways, my friend didn’t stick with long distance running and ended up playing volleyball, but because I have absolutely no coordination whatsoever I stuck with running. Side note: when I was in 10th grade I somehow made the JV basketball team, I think just because I am kind of tall and could play a whole game without getting tired. I was so bad at the game though, that I accidentally scored one time for the opposing team. In tenth grade! Yeah, that was pretty embarrassing and the last year I ever played.
Working out while you are sick can be safe (depending on your symptoms), but you may want to take some extra precautions if you choose to do so. First, you may want to consider working out from home as a common courtesy to prevent spreading any sickness to others. Often times I will just go for a family walk instead of my normal trip to the gym.
One question I get asked quite often has to do with staying on track with your nutrition when you are on vacation. Some of the questions I’ve been asked before are: Do you just “enjoy” your vacation and eat whatever you want? Are you strict with your eating when you are out of town? Doaaa
A while back I wrote a blog with my thoughts on IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros), which is kind of the new craze in the fitness industry right now. You can read the full article by clicking here. In short, I talked about how I had been following IIFYM the past few months and that it had really worked and helped me lose a lot of the baby weight I gained (note: I was 218 lbs when I delivered Phoenix, so I had a lot of baby weight to lose.
Since I have followed IIFYM or Flexible Dieting (same thing just a different word) I feel like I have some experience with it, and I wanted to share with you guys my thoughts. If I had to recap in one sentence it would be: IIFYM definitely works, but I don’t really like it.
Why I like working out in the morning: – I usually eat better during the day when I’ve worked out in the morning (just a psychological thing for me I guess). – I’ll eat a small breakfast before I go, like greek yogurt that has protein and some carbs, and then about an hour beforeaaa
I like using a gym because I have a hard time staying motivated when I workout at home. But, getting to the gym just isn’t in the cards for some people. So, if that isn’t possible I totally understand. After my second child was born I had a really hard time making it to the gym because my husband was out of town for work for a month and the baby wasn’t old enough to bring to the gym day care yet. I had to get creative with home workouts, and when I was working out at home I was doing Insanity workouts. Sometimes it was too hard and I had to take breaks or modify the exercises and that’s ok, too!
I have been asked before what the best way to lose fat is. With all of the different “dieting” techniques floating around it can be overwhelming to know where to start. There are a lot of different people who will try to sell you their program or their specific way to lose fat, but the reality is that fat loss occurs when there is a calorie deficit (meaning you are burning more than you’re taking in). There are a lot of different ways to create a calorie deficit, such as low carb, no dairy, over exercising, etc. The problem for most people is that the method they choose is not sustainable long term. Millions of people each year lose weight and millions gain that same weight back because the method they used to lose the weight could not be maintained for the rest of their life.
If you’re like me, maybe you have found that your motivation comes in cycles. I think we all have phases every now and again when we lose motivation and our desire to workout. During these phases I have learned that it is important to focus and fall back on my habits.