Fitness Apps to keep you sweating!

What’s going on y’all? I know we all hear about a ton of different fitness apps that are available, and we probably want to download every single one of them (at least, that’s how I am!).  I wanted to give y’all a look into the top apps that I use and really enjoy!

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Runtastic – (free) I love that this app is clean and streamlined.  It looks crisp, and it is simple to use! Also, if you want to upgrade to Pro, it is only $5.  An inexpensive app that does a great job!

Strava – (free) Another running app.  Not only can you use it to track distance, but the app also offers different weekly/monthly challenges that you can take part of. You can also see the athletes who are around you, check their times and distances – great motivation and networking app!

Pact – (free download) This app is so neat! Okay, so you set a goal on the app + enter what you’ll pay other members if you don’t reach the goal.  So for instance you can set a goal to hit the gym 4 days a week, and if you don’t go then $10 is deducted from your account that week.  It really is an awesome app to keep you accountable! I mean, who wants to give away money? However, if you DO meet your goals you earn cash rewards!

Livestrong – (free) Perfect app to track your caloric goal.  This app shows your progress on a chart, plus it has a community forum.  I am a huge advocate for Livestrong because of what their company represents.  This is an app worth checking out for sure!

Fitness Point – (free) Ever get tired of trying to remember all of the workouts that exist to the human race? Well, this app aggregates every workout by muscle group and allows you to build and save your own workout!

Pump Up – (free) This app is extremely similar to Fitness Point, however Pump Up allows you to choose your goal (lose weight, get toned, etc.), fitness level (beginner, intermediate, advanced), duration, and other general factors to generate a workout that best suits you.

First Aid – (free) What if something happens to you or another friend while training? That is exactly why I have this app – just in case and for safety reasons.  Even if you are not working out, this is a smart app to download – free information is at your fingertips.  Head injury, Choking, Strain and Pains, Asthma Attack are just a few of the topics that are available First Aid Topics.

Luminosity – (free) Keep that brain strong! It is great to have a strong, healthy body but do not forget about that brain of yours.  Daily/weekly brain exercises are great to incorporate into your training routine…it’ll keep you sharp and on your toes! Luminosity covers: Memory, Attention, Flexibility, Speed and Problem Solving.  Stay healthy in all aspects of life!

Those are the top few apps that I frequent. Does anyone use these same apps? If not, what are other awesome apps that I should check out? You know what to do, comment down below!

Thanks for reading 🙂

-Elizabeth

 

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XHIT Daily – A+++ Workout Videos

Hi y’all – so I came across a new found treasure! Oh my gosh, I was thrilled when I found this YouTube Channel.  I am always looking for new, fun ways to enjoy my workouts/gym sessions and this channel totally does that for me!

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This is not going to be a super long post about XHIT Daily.. I really just want to share this with y’all because I have been super excited about their workouts since the first time I watched their videos.

So XHIT Daily is geared towards both the women fitness junkies and the women that are new to the fitness world.  They have videos that range from 5 to 18 minutes and these videos cover every muscle of your body PLUS they can be done in the comfort of your home! So we’re talking HIIT videos to videos that streamline a certain muscle group. One of the reasons why I instantly fell in love with this channel is because these are women, just like you and I who are choosing to live a healthier lifestyle.  I think it’s fabulous! Plus, I can not lie… the studio that they shoot in is gorgeous.  I love the set-up, the directing, I love the colors, their personalities – it really just all flows extremely well together and I find myself watching their videos over and over.  They are now my Go-To channel for any and all types of workouts.  Another neat aspect? They offer an e-newsletter that will give you up-to date info on the newest videos, what is happening behind the scenes, etc.  I’ll link the sign-up page down below, it’s super quick and easy to sign up and it’s totally free!

Check them out when you have a chance, and I pinky promise you – you will most certainly not be sorry!

Oh also, click around on their website – you’ll find a Tip of the Day, Bio’s of the hosts and so much more.  It really is an awesome site!

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/XFitDaily

Website: http://watchxhit.com/

 

Thanks to XHIT Daily, I was inspired to create an outdoor set-up where I can workout to their videos!

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Short and Sweet post!

-Elizabeth

Runner’s/Fitness Junkies Christmas Wish List

So let’s just say that you have NO idea what to buy for that specific person who adores fitness like it’s noone’s business! What if the person you are dating is a runner, and you like lifting things up and putting them down? You’re gonna wanna check out this Wish List 🙂

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Race Entries – if you are looking to buy a runner a gift, or even someone who has shown the slightest interest in participating in a run.. this would be a pretty legit gift! Maybe pair it with another item on the list and you’re good to go – that person is going to love you forever! There are a ton of different runs and obstacle courses of different length and difficulty.  I would suggest a Graffiti Run, Foam Run, Spartan Race, Tough Mudder, and Electric Run, etc.  Like I said there are plenty of events to choose from – Google is your best friend!

Headphones – anyone can always use a new pair of headphones, even if they just bought a pair.. no one complains about having a backup, because let’s just face it – we all tend to lose headphones… at least I know I lose headphones alot! Here are the ones that I am currently rocking, I love them because they don’t fall out when I run or workout! Yurbuds, for the win – http://yurbuds.com/products/behind-the-ear/focus-pro/

Itunes Giftcard – I know gift cards are frowned upon, but whether you are a gym fanatic, runner, Zumba-er, Crossfit-er, swimmer, etc.. we all listen to music every now and again.  Honestly, music is what tends to keep me going when I’m exhausted from a major gym workout, and still need to knock out a few miles.  Any increment will do, but keep in mind that some songs are about $1.29!

Shoes – This is more for the couples or friendships that have stood the test of time and know shoe sizes and brands that your Christmas gift receiver enjoys wearing.  Not to mention, shoes are difficult to purchase because everyone has a different arch. If you know all of the above for whoever you are buying for, then get on out there and pick them up some new shoes! If you don’t know those things, but would still like to purchase new shoes for someone – I would go with Brooks for running and Reebok for weightlifting. Vibrams have also been an “in” kind of thing for a while, and they would be a fun kind of minimalist shoe to have in the closet! Brooks has a nifty tool called the Brooks Advisor which helps you pick out a pair of shoes that best fits your lifestyle – http://www.brooksrunning.com/on/demandware.static/Sites-BrooksRunning-Site/Sites-BrooksRunning-Library/default/brooks_shoe_advisor/Default.htm.  Here is the Reebok weightlifting line that I recommend – http://shop.reebok.com/us/crossfit/_/N-1z12xfw?cm_mmc=RbkSEM_bing_ecom-_-CrossFit+-+TSF-_-Branded+CrossFit-_-Reebok&cm_mmca1=US&cm_mmca2=e.  

New Water Bottle/Hydration Belt – Hydration is totally important for any type of workout.  Just like headphones, I lose water bottles left and right… so you really can’t have too many water bottles or hydration belts.  If you want to add a little something along with this gift, you can always pair it with electrolyte tablets.  Nuun Tablets are my first choice.  Check out FuelBelt – http://www.fuelbelt.com/

Starbucks Gift Card – We all try to live a healthy lifestyle, but if you were to tell me that you never ever eeeever go to Starbucks… I’d want your autograph! We all have cheat days, and what better way than to cheat with a frapp or hot drink and a pastry from Starbucks.

Running Jacket with Pockets – This is a staple item for any runner.  Even if you have seen your runner with a couple of running jackets, another one is not going to hurt that person. Plus, what happens when we forget to wash the jackets that we already own? Well… gross or not – we end up wearing the jacket over and over again.  Please add to our wardrobe collection. 🙂

Gym Bag – I own two gym bags which I received within a month of each other and they both work out great for different purposes and trips.  Gym bags that have a shoe compartment is what you are looking for – it keeps the stink and nastiness of a running or workout shoe confined to one area and in doing so… your clothes won’t stink up! Score!

GPS Running Watch – This is a pricier item, which can probably stand alone as a Christmas gift.  I know there are a ton of different GPS watches available, but I have provided a link to the Garmin 620 which has outstanding reviews! If you aren’t purchasing a watch for a runner, why not check out the FitBit or Nike Fuel.  These two are great for the fitness junkie who spends their time sweating it up at the local Box or community gym.  http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2011/04/garmin-forerunner-610-in-depth-review.html

Compression Sleeves – Most definitely are geared towards runners.  I don’t personally wear sleeves, but I do hear that they work wonders for for legs and calves during a run.  If you are going to purchase sleeves for anyone, I would definitely purchase a black pair because black is extremely universal.  No zebra prints, unless the person you are buying for is in love with zebras!

Two Month Entry to a Fitness Bootcamp – What better way to start the New Year then to start off living a healthy lifestyle. I highly suggest this gift, because you can buy one for someone else and also buy it for you.  It makes for a great date, I would think! I’ve never turned it into a date before, but I would imagine that this would be a great experience for two people.  It would also make for a perfect hangout between gym buddies or girlfriends! After you complete your bootcamp, why not grab a drink from Starbucks with that gift card?

I hope this list helped someone out there. 🙂 Happy Shopping and Merry Almost Christmas!

-Elizabeth

TwicetheSweat… You Know You’re Curious!

Hey y’all! Today I feel like talking about a few different topics – trust me, you’ll most definitely want to read this!

First off – where have I been this past week! Goodness, it’s like (aside from responding to y’all’s sweet comments) I fell off the face of the earth.  One word – VERTIGO.  Yes, vertigo.  Every time the weather changes (typically around January/March) my equilibrium is thrown off because of drainage (gross!) caused by allergies which is caused by weather changes, and essentially I become a hot mess.  Dizziness, nausea, and loss of depth perception is what I dealt with this entire week.  It hit me on Sunday.. and yesterday evening I was feeling a bit better, but am still taking medication just in case.  No worries, the first time I had an ‘episode’ I was 18, so I’m a five year veteran.  I know the Lord knows what He’s doing.  Sometimes I don’t understand why He allows this, but hey I’m just a good ol’ southern girl trusting in my Lord Jesus.  If y’all have any questions regarding vertigo, please ask away! I am more than willing to give any and all information if it is going to help someone.

Next topic – I have two running partners that I frequently run with and one of them is a close girl friend of mine that I have known since I was 16.  After high school, life happened (as it always does) – she left for the Army and I stayed back to date as many guys as I could, just kidding! Seriously though, I did stay back and we didn’t talk for a long time. These past three months we have been running together (alongside one of my good guy friends) and have rekindled our friendship. Thanks Running! She injured her ankle about a month ago and received doctor’s orders to rest it and buy a new pair of running shoes. This morning I was super excited because it was our first run together since her injury! She did so well, and I was ecstatic to have one of my running partners back. 🙂

Thirdly – Megan is one of my cousins.  We both love fitness. She is six months older than me, we match basically all of the time without planning any of it, yet we live in two completely different cities.  She is a country girl, I’m a city girl.  We hit the gym together about once a week and tonight she introduced me to this killer ab workout that I wanted to share with y’all.  If you are interested, let me know and I will ABSolutely (get it? ABS..abs..) post it in a separate post that way its easily accessible.

Numero Quatro – Here is the crazy exciting news…together we have created our own Fitness Instagram account.  I have been hesitant to promote it, but her and I have talked and we both think that it is the perfect time! If you have an Instagram, do me a favor and check it out! If you like what you see, follow us and you won’t be disappointed.

You can find us @twicethesweat Here we are at tonight’s gym sesh:

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Five – I want to thank y’all again for your amazing support with this blog! I can not even express how neat it is. I haven’t even personally met y’all, yet I feel like I know you guys. Is that too Hallmark Card-ish? Point is, thank you for reading, commenting, and following!

Before I quit typing.. leave me a comment below if you have a blog topic request.

I would love to engage in a requested topic!

Can we stay away from politics, please? I am convinced that no President will get America back to where She needs to be.

Happy Weekend!

-Elizabeth

What’s In My OCR Gym Bag

Happy Monday, everyone 🙂 I completed a mud run/obstacle course this past Saturday with a couple of my closest guy friends.  I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to show y’all what I packed into my gym bag.  If you’re interested – keep on reading!

The mud run/obstacle course that we ran was 4 miles consisting of 35 obstacles.  Talk about a challenge, but it was a total blast! We only walked about half a mile of it.  Mind over matter! I have conquered a muddy obstacle course before, so packing my bag was quick and easy.  I hope after reading this, it’ll be the same way for you.

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(By the way, excuse my messy bed)

Take towels (plural)– you will be muddy, wet and gross.  Do you really want your car to take after its’ owner? Plus, some runs offer changing/shower stations and you will need to dry yourself off!

Take Wet Ones (or some type of antibacterial wipe) – After we completed the course I wiped myself down with a few wipes, then used these as a ‘soap’ in the changing/shower station they provided.  Quick, easy, cheap and gets the job done! Oh, I bought the citrus scent – I smelt SO good! Oh oh, and these also work great for getting the mud out of your ears!

Take Sanitizer – Bath and Body Works has a deal… buy 5 for $5.  I am a huge sanitizer freak.  You don’t NEED this, but it doesn’t hurt to have one on hand.

Take Duct Tape – tape your shoes to your feet, unless you’re wishing for your shoes to be swallowed up by mud pits, etc.

Take Trash Bags – After you change out of your dirty clothes/shoes, you’ll want to stash them somewhere and we DON’T want our nice, expensive gym bags smelling like mud and sewer water, nasty!

Take Deodorant – Use it before your race, smells great and prevents your underarms from chafing AND use this post race, for obvious reasons. 🙂

Take Body Glide – You MAY not need this, but my thighs definitely love me more on the runs where I use Body Glide.

Take Extra Clothes – To change into after your quick bird bath.  I suggest shorts, shirt and flip flops.  Flip flops are easier to slide on than having to put on socks and tennis shoes.  Don’t forget your clean pair of undergarments!

Take a Snack – Cliffbars are my choice bar for any race and/or workout sesh. If you are going to eat something before, eat light and drink plenty of water.

Take a Recovery Drink – for your drive home you’ll need to hydrate your body and replenish.  Nuun Tablets is what I packed – how did you know!

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Do Wear – tight shorts (ladies, trust me).  I find that tight (cycle like shorts) are comfy to run in and obviously cling to your body which helps a bunch when you’re jumping over, climbing over, and crawling under obstacles.

Do Wear – long socks.  These will definitely guard your calves from rope burn if you have to climb or shimmy a rope. They will also protect your legs from any scratches.  This may not be as important to everyone, but I am a fan of wearing dresses so I prefer to have minimal burns/bruises.

Do Wear – your hair up in a bun/ponytail.  This is not the time to be looking hot with luscious curly locks.  If your guy loves you, he’ll love you even more when he knows you can run an obstacle course with him without constantly worrying about your hair.

Do Wear – your natural face, maybe a bit of concealer but ladies leave the mascara, blush and eyeliner in your bag! Maybe apply it when you’re changing if you absolutely need to.  I just do away with it all.  🙂

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Do Wear – a good pair of running/trail shoes.  I know everyone always says not to because you’re going to muddy them all up and have to donate them. I ran in my Brooks Pure Connect, they were super muddy post race.  As soon as I got home I threw everything I wore for the race in the wash, and check these shoes out – no mud!  Wear your good shoes!

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Do Take Friends – People, running a muddy course or ANY race with a group is way more fun than running alone.  I definitely recommend running an obstacle course in a group because (like me) you will need help on a couple of obstacles – that’s where your TEAM comes into play.

Do Color Coordinate – with your team.  There is no better reason than.. because it’s FUN.

Do Take Money – of course.

Don’t forget to take your signed waiver, confirmation email and ID.  Better to be prepared than not!

I hope I didn’t leave anything out! If I did, please comment down below OR if you have any other suggestions, leave me a comment and let me know.  🙂

I hope this helped!

P.S. I hit 100 followers today! Y’all are awesome! Thank you SO much for following my blog! 🙂

-Elizabeth