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

 

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

Here is to you. You sweaty, tough fitness friends!

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This is for you.. You deserve it.

Here is to…

Clean eating, saying no to junk food, french fries, pizza.  Healthy lifestyle.  Expensive health conscious groceries. Protein/Energy Bars, ALOT of water, hydration packs, Sacrifice. Experia socks, running shoes, trail shoes, road shoes, weight training shoes. NEW running shoes every 300 miles. 6 am alarms, 6 am wake up calls, 6 am wake up texts.  7 am runs.  Runs in the cold.  Runs in the heat.  Runs in the humidity.  Being called crazy because you’re running in 30 degree weather.  Overstuffed closet of training clothes.  Sweat.  alot of it.  Determination, perseverance, drive, willpower, desires, goals.  Proving people wrong.  No excuses. Feeling sore.  Sore legs, sore butt, sore arms, sore calves, sore feet, sore everything.  Downloading fitness apps.  Actually using those apps. Researching new ways to improve. Improvement.  Beast Mode. Runner’s high.  or.  high intensity interval training.  New challenges.  Late night gym sessions.  Smelly shoes, smelly armpits, just smelly.  Gym time after work. Making the gym a date night.  Tears, frustrations, and change.  Pains, back aches, knee aches, head aches.  Sweat on leather seats, YOUR leather car seats.  Making an impact.  Smiling at a stranger while you run.  Overpriced race entries.  Mind over matter. YouTube motivational videos. Workout playlists. Not stopping until you’re done.  Giving it your all.  Workout partners.  Running Partners.  Defying laziness.  Your haters. Recovery runs.  Over-abundance of fitspirational quotes. Being called a fitness nut. Chicken breast, tuna, fish.  Fitness blogs, sweaty yoga mats, loud music. Fitness journals.  The scale.  The will to do more, to want more.  Here is to you.  To you who never quit given your current circumstance.

Sweaty High Five to you my friends and keep it up!!

-Elizabeth

New Year, New Healthy You – Tips for Success!

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I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! Now, it’s time for New Years.  Oh and those New Years resolutions are definitely going to hog up your emotions for the first 30ish days, until you realize that the guy sitting across from you (or the girl) at your Valentine’s Day dinner date loves you for who you are.  A couple that stays fit together, stays together.  Don’t pass this read up!

So as you all have probably realized, I am a huge fan of generating lists.  Lists come in handy throughout my personal life, insomuch that I have always had to keep a planner of some sort and if I don’t have my planner on me, you can betcha that my Notes section on my iPhone is getting a pretty strenuous workout.

It is so easy to tell all of your friends on Facebook or Twitter how you are going to be a “New You in 2014”, but how easy is it to stick with your resolution… for life (and to continue progressing)? I am not going to lie, it is difficult to make a lifestyle change – but anything worth having never comes easy.  This isn’t an exception.  You are going to want to give up.  You are going to want to snack on cookies instead of fruit.  You are going to make excuses about meeting up with your friend for a fitness class.  You are going to get comfortable.  This is all fine and dandy, just don’t let THAT become a lifestyle.

Here are a few ways to keep you excited and living a healthy lifestyle starting in 2014, and lasting to infinity and beyond. P.S. I love Toy Story.

1) Tell a couple of your closest friends what your plan is, you are going to need to be held accountable.  The naggier the friends, the better (in this case). There is power in numbers.

2) Register for a fitness bootcamp.  Groupon and Livingsocial are two of the best places to find discounted classes/bootcamps.  Nothing is more of a motivation than to know that if you don’t show up to these classes, you just wasted money.

3) Give yourself a short term goal.  For instance, I tell myself that I cannot purchase a new blouse or workout shirt unless I hit the gym or run at least 4 times a week.  I love shopping, so this keeps me in line! No-one is perfect.. let’s just say that two weeks ago, I didn’t purchase any new pieces of wardrobe for me.  Oops!

4) If you are in a relationship or just dating, why not make the gym a date night? Sure you’re going to sweat, but hey make fitness and living a healthier life one of the foundations for your relationship. I enjoy going to the gym with the mister that I am dating.  He goes to the gym on his own, but when we have a chance – we go together.  There have been times when I don’t want to finish my pull-ups, but he’s there motivating me.  I end up finishing my reps! If you are reading, THANKYOU!

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5) If you don’t want to hit the gym with your significant other quite yet, there are still many other ways to stay in shape together.  Go for a hike, take a walk down a historical part of your city/town, and bike-riding makes for a cute date, yet it keeps you away from vegging out at his/her apartment with a Redbox and loads of snackage.

6) There are days when i don’t feel like working out and when that happens.. I go straight to Pinterest and search for workout quotes. For you guys that don’t Pinterest, I’d open up YouTube and start searching for motivational videos.  This helps me SO SO SO much.  After a few minutes of reading motivational quotes, I am pumped up to get my sweat on!

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7) Surround yourself with people who are like-minded.  Don’t throw the duece to your friends who don’t have a desire to workout, but most definitely connect with a few people that share your interests.  You will need someone that is aiming for the same goal so he/she can be excited with you, and you for them.  Positive Peer Pressure people! Meetup.com always has a ton of groups for fitness lovers of all ages and levels!

8) This is going to somewhat piggyback off of Number 7… but, recruit a friend to start this journey with you.  When I first started working out I had a workout buddy, and looking back it absolutely helped me stay motivated to hit the gym. Make it a habit not to cancel on your gym buddy, and you’ll be a New You in no time!

9) Set a workout background on your phone.  If you need that quick motivation, but don’t have time to Pinterest because you’re at work – take a glance at your phone and voila INSTANT fitness motivation! If you lovebugs don’t want to switch your background from your girl/guy, then I would suggest setting an alarm for your drive home from work – “Don’t miss your sweat session today!!”.  One alarm never works for me, so I have four set. 😉

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10) Eat that Oreo cookie, piece of cake, slice of pizza, etc.  Satisfy your cravings, and don’t beat yourself over the head for it.  Don’t throw your clean eating out of the window, but allow your body one cheat day a week, and maybe have a pastry/coke once a week.  That is exactly how I started, and now January 9th, 2014 I will have completed ONE year without having soda!! …..I can’t wait to have a sip of Pepsi, mmmm!

11) Buy up-beat music on Itumes, purchase a good pair of earphones and put in work! Here is a snapshot of a few of my workout songs.

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12) Do it for YOU.  Do it to be healthier for YOU, to look lean, to feel better – do whatever you are setting your goal at for YOU.  There are going to be moments when you may not have anyone willing to go out for a run, workout or even eat clean with, this is when it is all going to depend on YOU and YOUR self motivation.  This is the time for all you stubborn people (like myself) to get some added practice in.

These are things that I put into practice when I first started working out, and continue to live by daily! It is definitely a process, but living a healthy lifestyle feels so good! The best payoff (for me anyway) is knowing that I have impacted friends of mine to engage in running or workout out.  You can absolutely do the same.  Start with you, and share the love!

How did y’all stay motivated in 2013? Let me know in the comments below, I am always in needed of any and all motivation!

I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year! May you all be blessed – emotionally, physically, mentally and financially. 

-Elizabeth

I Wish I Knew That…… (Running/Gym)

Hey hey hey!

There are things that I wish I would’ve known before I started running.  There are also a few things I wish I would’ve known before I started hitting the gym regularly.  Well, here is my Top 11 List of

‘I wish I knew that…’

I wish I knew that Body Glide existed.  Can I just say that I was running for a WHOLE YEAR and a HALF without Body Glide.  Once I discovered the secret to happy inner thighs, oh my WORD – I was and still am obsessed.  My runs are so much “smoother” now, literally.

I wish I knew that some people would think I was out-of-my-mind-crazy for waking up at 6 for a morning run.  Doesn’t the whole world love running?! Especially that early in the morning? Well, I at least thought so.

I wish I knew that Experia socks would be worth the 14 glorious dollars.  Six months into my running I was given a pair of Experia socks for Christmas, and goodness gracious I totally feel the difference when I run with “normal” socks as opposed to my running socks.

I wish I knew that I would have days where I wouldn’t enjoy my runs because I was physically/mentally/emotionally/spiritually exhausted and that is okay.  Learn to embrace your imperfections, but push through them.  Battle them.  Overcome them!

I wish I knew that women could also utilize the cable machines at the gym.  I always saw guys on the cables and thought “Oh that area must be for dudes only…I’ll head to the butt machine.” WRONG.  Ladies, work yourself into the cables – you’ll love how it feels!

I wish I knew that the earphones my gym sells would not stand a chance against my buckets of sweat.  They fall out so easily! Save your $5 and put it towards buying a pair of Yurbuds – they are more expensive, but they will stay in even if you sweat a ton (like me).

I wish I knew that the treadmill would eventually hurt my knees.  If you can stay away from the ‘mill for long runs, please do! Get outside, breathe some polluted air, but don’t hurt your knees on the ‘mill!

I wish I knew that OCR existed! When I started running, I thought running only involved… straight runs.  I had no idea there was such a thing as obstacle course racing 😀 Let’s just say that I would pick an OCR event over shopping any day, hands down! And… I love shopping!

I wish I knew that Elf concealer works perfect for those runs/gym sessions where you want to cover dark circles, but you don’t want to cake on makeup.  Gross! A couple of dabs of the concealer does wonders. Plus, it’s only ONE dollar! A hundred pennies, people, a hundred pennies.

I wish I knew that HIIT was a “thing”. About a a year ago I started incorporating HIIT runs into my running plan and about six months ago I started HIIT cardio blasts at home.  I have been running/working out regularly for 2 years.  I missed a whole year of HIIT.  Don’t be afraid of the sweat, get your HIIT on!

I wish I knew that the running community is full of camaraderie.  Had I known sooner how nice and uplifting we people are, I would’ve joined this community much sooner! 🙂

That’s a fact, Jack.

Anyone else have any to add?  I can think of so many more, but I would have you reading off of your computer screen for HOURS. (I talk a lot if y’all haven’t noticed.)

Enjoy your Friday Eve!

Elizabeth