Between life with a new puppy, work, getting sick and the snow storm we got over the past few weeks (..thankfully it’s all gone now, except for a few flurries today) ..I have to be honest, it’s been a challenge for me to keep on track with my workouts. I love to workout and have shared a couple posts explaining what I do and why it’s been such an important factor in my life but sometimes the hardest part is just getting there.
I’ve been getting a lot of interest lately about how I keep it up so I thought it would be fun to put together a new post to address those comments and questions. For starters, instead of putting extra pressure on myself I’ve started introducing simple new ways to keep active and on track even in the event I can’t make it to the gym. There’s nothing worse than the guilt of not following through with goals or to-do’s you’ve set out for that day but through lots & lots of trial and error, I’ve pretty much mastered what works for me and how to keep things moving forward so that by the time Summer rolls around (…it’s always closer than you think!) I’ll be right on track. Read on to learn what fitness tools I’ve been using to help get closer to my goals as well as a list of tips that have worked for me:
First off, I recently introduced two new fitness tools to the mix to keep fitness and more importantly ‘routine’ top of mind. Both devices can be paired with your smartphone through their own apps that allow you to track your progress, set new goals, and keep tabs on your successes.
For all the times I couldn’t make it to the gym over the past couple weeks, I’m so glad I’ve had my Smart Rope to keep up with my cardio. Skipping is such an amazing workout in itself, I actually use to hate skipping but have come to love it since we skip a lot in boxing. If you’ve never heard of it before, its an LED-enable jump rope that wirelessly connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth for an “anytime, anywhere” kinda workout. It’s been working out so great since I can just pop out to the water while Xavi is napping and get a quick burn in. If you wanted though (and if you’re space allowed) I’m sure you could just use it inside. It comes in a zippered, nylon case to keep tidy in your gym bag and monitors other fitness data in real time including calories burned, your jump count, and workout time.
Never thought I’d be one for Fitness Trackers but I recently got the Kate Spade Scallop activity tracker and have been finding it kinda fun (and helpful) to track my daily activity levels (including steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned and quality of sleep). It also allows me to set customized weekly goals so I can keep tabs on how much water I’m drinking per day and get reminders to take my vitamins.
Here’s a snapshot of some recent activity, both steps & sleep tracked:
Photography: Allison Kuhl