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Sweats On, Hair Up, Work Out

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The past month I’ve been super swamped with work, a move, and a lot of side projects in the works. I’ve been busy but trying to make time to workout when I can.

Before heading to GoodLife Fitness this week, to keep myself motivated,  I went for a little shopping therapy and bought a new gym bag and a new pair of sweat pants. I don’t normally wear sweat pants when working out, but I haven’t been able to get enough of them since I bought them! These sweatpants from Topshop are seriously the most comfortable pants I’ve ever worn. The great thing is that I now associate putting these pants on with getting comfy, and working out, so they are my new motivators to get my butt to the gym! I am taking back sweat pants from being frumpy wear to being fitness wear. Give your Lulus, a break and give sweatpants a try at the gym!

What is your go-to workout outfit? Do you ever wear sweat pants to work out?

Check back in with Lovelyisms next month for a new fitness post!

This post is written in partnership with GoodLife Fitness as part of the GoodLife Fitness Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own.

Fitness

Run For It

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When I’m feeling stressed, or not myself, there isn’t much that can make me feel more in tune with myself than making a run for it! Whether it’s running outside, or jumping onto the treadmill at GoodLife Fitness, I look forward to going for a good long run. I just love the feeling of my body in motion, flying past the world, and tuning into my music and my thoughts.

I first got into running a few years ago as a way to clear my head. I think aside from the majorly positive body benefits, working out by running is the best way to decompress. I love yoga for that reason too, but with running it’s a totally different type of mind clearing, that makes you feel like for that moment when your music is cranked and your speeding down the sidewalk, that you are invincible. Like you’re an agent on a mission, or off to kick butt and no one can stop you! With the right song, you can take on the world as you run.

I run for my body. I run to clear my mind. I run for me. And I suggest that if you don’t already work out a little bit each week, that you start. Just get some shoes, and get outside and just do one run. Or if you prefer to run in the comfort of the indoors, run at a local gym like GoodLife Fitness. See how you feel after, and tell me you don’t feel like a badass!

Just be sure to do a little bit of light stretching (at least) before you hit the pavement or treadmill to make sure you don’t pull anything!

Check back in with Lovelyisms next month for a new fitness post!

This post is written in partnership with GoodLife Fitness as part of the GoodLife Fitness Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own.

Fitness

Yoga Love

As summer winds down, I am going full-force into yoga again. It’s much harder to stay motivated to work out in the dog days of summer, but as fall approaches, I get excited about getting to practice yoga, as the warmth of the yoga studio at GoodLife Fitness is a nice contrast to the cooler weather of fall months, and makes it easier to be back indoors.

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Yoga is one of my favourite ways to workout. If you’ve ever tried P90x a lot of the moves are very similar to yoga moves, but with a faster pace. P90x is considered one of the hardest workouts you can do, so I feel like practicing yoga is pretty badass. Aside from being a total body, dripping sweat workout, the best part of yoga is that it’s not just good for your body. Yoga has a soothing effect on your mind you just don’t get at the end of other workouts.

Breath in, breath out, repeat.

I live for that calm period at the end of the class where I just lay there listening to myself breath, chest rising and falling, and for a moment that is all I am focused on. I always immediately fall asleep, for a minute or two, which is why I think it is the perfect workout. I normally take forever to fall sleep. My mind just doesn’t stop. I think about my day, I think about my past, about the future, and all of the unknowns, the coulda-woulda-shoulda moments, my grocery list, and work to-dos, and I am unable to shut off my mind at all. I sometimes end up dreaming about those things! It feels like my brain never truly ever gets a break. The fact that I can pass out blissfully, and immediately, at the end of my yoga practice to me is an indication of how beneficial it is to do yoga. I am all for it, and highly recommend it to anyone that has trouble clearing their minds.

Give a yoga class at a local GoodLife Fitness a try. Let me know how it goes!

Check back in with Lovelyisms next month for a new fitness post!

This post is written in partnership with GoodLife Fitness as part of the GoodLife Fitness Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own.

Fitness Recipes

Lemon Water Refresher

If you’re like me, especially after a workout in the summer, the heat makes you want to chug water all day. I like to add lemon to mine to give it a little flavour. I’ve heard that drinking lemon water also  helps to cleanse your system. I’m all for a light detoxing when it’s so easy.

lemon water

All you have to do is get a nice lemon or two (I prefer the Meyer lemon variety. They are a really nice golden yellow colour and are rounder and sweeter than regular lemons), and then slice the lemons into thin rings. You can either put them in a jug and add ice water, or add a few slices directly into your water glass. I prefer the single serving approach using a mason jar glass. Doesn’t it look cute?

Keep in mind that the lemon rinds can make the water a little bitter if you leave them in the jug for too long. You can avoid the bitter effect by squeezing the lemon juice into the water, rather than adding full lemon slices, if you prefer.

refreshing lemon water

Not only is lemon water pretty, but it’s a refreshing way to keep hydrated. Lately, I’ve gotten into the habit of making a few glasses of lemon water after my workouts at GoodLife Fitness and then I drink it for the rest of the day. It looks so pretty in my fridge, I just want to keep grabbing another glass. Try it after your next workout!

Check back next month for another fitness post!

This post is written in partnership with GoodLife Fitness as part of the GoodLife Fitness Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own.

Fitness Recipes

Peach Mango Tango Smoothie

I’ve been on a huge smoothie kick lately. I think it might be because I use a lot of frozen fruit, so they kind of taste like sorbet to me! Maybe that’s why I like them so much!

My favourite thing about smoothies is that I can get a bunch of different fruit into one easy to drink meal, and I can make one for a fast breakfast, take one with me on the way to work, or on the way to the gym with me when I go to GoodLife Fitness. I also like that smoothies are pretty filling, and since I use a small blender, they are almost mess-free.

As part of my obsession this month, I’ve been swapping my usual lunches for smoothies. In this post, I’m sharing my current favourite smoothie of the moment, what I’m calling the Peach Mango Tango. Here’s the list of what you’ll need to make it…

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of frozen fruit mix (I used a mix of peach, mango, strawberry)
  • 1 banana
  • 3 tablespoons of french vanilla yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey

delicious fruit smoothieTo make this smoothie, start by adding your ingredients into your blender, starting with the banana.

banana smoothie

Next add the frozen fruit. I like to blend everything right out the freezer so it keeps a nice frosty consistency and gives it that sorbet texture.vanilla_yogurt_smoothie

I like to add the yogurt and honey last so that part hits the blades first and helps to keep everything moving as it blends.

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Now, mix everything together! I use the Nutribullet since I love making a single serving size and it’s really easy to clean afterwards.

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Here’s the final drink!

I love to make smoothies as snacks as well, as a way to get more vitamins into my diet rather than junk food. I try to use fresh fruit as often as possible,  but frozen fruit is also a great alternative, and can stay in the freezer a lot longer than the fresh stuff. I’ve gotten into the habit of buying a bunch of different frozen fruit bags and now I have a full freezer of fruit so that I can mix and match them for new smoothie flavours. It also makes it really convenient when I am in a rush and I don’t have to wash or cut up fruit because it’s already done!

As part of this next month’s fitness goal, I’m hoping to get to the gym at Goodlife Fitness more often, possibly on my lunch breaks, so I have an energy boost mid-day, but we’ll see if my schedule allows for it! Come back next month to see how that goes and get another healthy recipe!

This post is written in partnership with GoodLife Fitness as part of the GoodLife Fitness Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own.