04-17-2014

Living At Home

I moved back home with my parents after college. I didn’t have any real job prospects, and knew this would be the best way to save money. I mean, it was done begrudgingly. When I was in college I imagined I’d be moving out after graduation and living on my own…I wish!

Currently, I’m still living with them…but now I don’t mind it so much. A couple of my friends live with their parents as well, which has made it easier to be in town. It really is a good way to save money, and I am really close with my family so I don’t have many complaints.

But I have heard comments from others along the lines of “You’re 25 years old why are you still living at home?” And that sucks.

Did you know a record 21.6 million “Millennials” are living back with their parents? Obviously it is not an ideal situation, but you gotta do what you gotta do when the economy is down. I hate when people assume “living at home” means you’re a lazy bum who doesn’t work. I actually have a job, and am an entrepreneur…my choice lies in that I want to save my money for my not-so-distant wedding and to buy a house instead of rent. One of my friends said, “The thought of paying rent makes me sick.”

I’d love to live in my own place, set my own rules, be free to do whatever…and that will come soon. And yes, sometimes it’s hard seeing how other people are buying houses or making these big moves, which can lead to some insecurity. But for now, it is nice to have someone to take turns with in terms of cooking dinner. And I always have a workout or running buddy. Or just someone to hang out with and go shopping with.

So why do some people judge so much? I mean, in other cultures (such as my own, I was born in Paraguay), people don’t leave their homes until they get married!

Not really sure where this post led me, but it was good to rant a little bit. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic!

Did you/do you live at home after college? What was your experience like?

What do you think about college students moving back in with their parents?

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04-08-2014

Should You Use Pre-Workouts & Thermogenics?

I’m sure you’ve all heard of pre-workouts and thermogenics…and some of you probably use them or have in the past. I know I have.

So what’s the deal with them?

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In short, a pre-workout supplement is usually one that uses caffeine to give you energy and a “pump” before your workout. Some also include BCAAs and other compounds. This article highlights the different types of pre-workout supplements that exist.

Thermogenics are another name for pre-workout supplements which include a fat burner or are intended to burn extra calories. An example of this is when I used to take GNC GenetixHD Pro-Sculpt. It certainly did give me a boost in energy!

But pre-workout supplements have been controversial. Should you or should you not use them? I don’t think there is a right answer. But as always with my “Thinking Out Loud” posts, I will explore both sides.

PROS

 The most obvious benefit is that it gives you a boost of energy. Pre-workouts usually have a bit more caffeine than just a cup of coffee. Therefore, when you’re driving to the gym after a long day at work, a pre-workout will give you the energy you need to nail your workout. Here are a list of benefits from the website listed above:

  1. Greater pumps
  2. Stronger lifts
  3. Greater amount of repetitions performed
  4. Longer sustained energy
  5. The ability to push through plateaus
  6. Improved focus
  7. Increased nutrient delivery
  8. Decreased muscle breakdown

I’ve had friends who use pre-workout drinks tell me they definitely feel the difference in terms of pushing through reps/being able to do more reps. Honestly, I never felt much of a huge difference, but a key thing to remember about pre-workouts is that they work differently for everyone.

In a scientific study where participants took a pre-workout supplement, and then were asked to do 4 sets of 10 reps at 80% resistance, these were the results found:

  • The total number of repetitions achieved for the given exercise was significantly greater during the testing following supplementation than that of the testing following the placebo.
  • Power output readings recorded for the given exercise were significantly greater during the testing following supplementation than that of the testing following the placebo.
  • There were no significant differences following supplementation and placebo regarding feelings of focus, fatigue and energy levels.

Hmmm…very interesting! So it seems there is a big difference with the actual supplement and placebo.

So what are the disadvantages?

CONS

The main disadvantage for me was that it was too much caffeine. Sure, I felt ramped up during my working…but then continued to feel so afterwards. My mom tried a scoop of my Pro-Sculpt once and couldn’t sleep at night. This is just something to think about if you’re sensitive to caffeine! Here are a few other possible disadvantages:

  • Could be dangerous if you have a heart issue you’re not aware of.
  • The FDA does not issue warnings unless there are a lot of complaints on these supplements, which means eventually it could be recalled, and you’ve been taking it for an extended period of time. In fact, according to this article, 70% of supplement companies violate agency rules. Yikes.
  • Some can contain sketchy ingredients. The FDA found anabolic steroids in one company’s Vitamin B supplements!
  • Possible to plateau. So, they work initially, but eventually your body will get used to the effects. Similar to coffee.

“So what should I do?”

Do your homework. If you want to try a pre-workout or thermogenic, research the product and the ingredient list. Read lots of reviews. I actually liked the Pro Sculpt and it did give me energy, but I was kind of nervous to take it when I was already going to be running and increasing my heart rate even more.

Now, I usually have a cup of coffee an hour before a workout or run. My brother and I both tried EnergyBits, which is an all-natural supplement, and we both loved it. He actually hit a few weightlifting personal records after taking EnergyBits!

If you can, consult your doctor and ask him about different products. If you have a trainer, talk to them about their thoughts. I asked 3 different trainers their thoughts and surprisingly all 3 told me to stay away from supplements. Regardless, I still tried it out because I was curious :-P

If you do decide to try a pre-workout, start with a small scoop or serving size at first to see how your body reacts. Some people can take 1/2 the serving size and feel ready to go. Make sure it doesn’t affect your sleeping patterns, since sleep is the most important factor when it comes to making gains!

I’m neutral on the whole issue since I have only tried one supplement out of the many there are. I just choose to go with coffee or EnergyBits now!

Do you take a pre-workout or thermogenic supplement? Which one?

What do you think about pre-workouts?

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04-04-2014

Let’s LOL

I never really hopped on the Vine bandwagon, but I do on on it every once in a while to look at other people’s Vines.

My sister is away at college, but we go through our Vines and “like” things so we can share with each other when she’s home for a weekend or break. I have laughed pretty hard at a fair share of Vines. Which is what I wanted to share with you today!

It’s Friday…it’s time to be happy, and start your weekend off with a laugh. These are some Vines that have made me “lol” recently :) Just click on the volume button to hear sound!

Saw this so long ago but still makes me laugh.

Lol yup.

I don’t know why my sis and I thought this was hilarious. I love any and all animal Vines.

Yup, animal Vines are the best.

Which one made you laugh?

Do you have a favorite “Viner?” Do you Vine?

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03-24-2014

How Accurate Is A Heart Rate Monitor For Strength Training?

I had no idea that a heart rate monitor (HRM) could be less accurate for strength training than for cardio. I figured that if your heart rate is elevated, you’re burning calories, which will be measured by the HRM. Well, this may not be the case.

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I was reading an article recently on the accuracy of heart rate monitors on SparkPeople which discussed this very topic.  Here’s what they had to say about it:

A heart rate monitor (HRM) is capable of estimating calorie burn pretty accurately—but only for aerobic (cardio) exercise, not for strength training. Here’s why:

A HRM won’t give you an accurate idea of how many calories you burn during strength training, because the relationship between heart rate and calorie expenditure is not the same during strength training as during cardio exercise, which is what the HRM’s estimate is based on. Unless your weight training is very vigorous circuit training, the heart rate monitor will be overestimating your calorie burn by a fair amount.

Why will it overestimate the amount? Because apparently calories burned has to do with the number of muscle cells activated to perform an activity. These cells use energy while they are doing the work. While your heart rate may be elevated during strength training, the muscle cells aren’t using as much oxygen and energy as you would be by doing cardio – which is when you’re using several muscle groups at once. This is why you may sweat more and feel your heart rate is more elevated when strength training larger muscle groups, like legs, than smaller ones such as arms and shoulders.

Another writer on MyFitnessPal wrote about this as well, explaining it this way:

The increased heart rate that occurs with aerobic exercise is the result of the need for increased cardiac output–the heart must pump more blood to meet the energy demand of the activity. Heart rate increases because of a VOLUME load.

The increased heart rate that occurs with strength training is the result of changes in intrathoracic pressure and an increase in afterload stress. There is no corresponding increase in cardiac output, and thus only a modest increase in oxygen uptake. Heart rate increases because of a PRESSURE load.

Very interesting…

He also goes on to say that HRMs are very useful when doing any sort of cardio exercise, or even circuit training style lifting (HIIT, bootcamps, CrossFit).

So should you ditch the heart rate monitor? I don’t think so. If you already wear it for strength training exercises, you can keep doing so. I think it’s still a good GENERAL idea of what you’re burning but just be aware that it could be off, either by a small amount or a significant amount.

Both articles stated that HRMs are pretty accurate when it comes to cardio, so if you’re wearing it already then you’re all set!

I guess you learn something new everyday ;)

Do you wear a heart rate monitor while training? What do you think of these articles?

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03-20-2014

Are You Eating Enough Calories?

When you want to lose weight, the “rule of thumb” is to subtract 500 calories from your total daily calories, or exercise to burn an extra 500 calories.

Apps like the LoseIt! app (which I do love), give you caloric numbers depending on what your goals are and how fast you want to lose weight. When I put in that I want to lose 10 lbs., it told me I should be eating 1,200 calories.

How often have we heard that number? 1,200 calories? It seems to be the “magic” number for how many calories to eat and lose weight, but also the number you’re never supposed to dip under.

But how many calories do you actually need?

calorie calculator

Well, it all depends on how often you work out and for how long. When I typed in my stats into the Mayo Clinic Calorie Calculator, it told me I should be eating 2,000 calories daily, and a minimum of 1,700! I’m definitely not eating 2,000 calories per day, but have been trying to be better about eating more. It’s just hard, but I’ll get into that later.

The Plateau

Have you been struggling to lose weight or bodyfat? It may be metabolic damage – or, not eating enough calories. Contrary to popular belief, you need to EAT MORE to LOSE. Recently, trainer Tony Gentilcore had a guest post from another trainer who discussed metabolic damage.

I’ve seen real people…exercising often and leading a busy life consuming less than 2000 calories a day. 

Hmmm….shouldn’t they be burning at least 623 calories a day from fat, leading to over one pound of fat lost a week? (3500 calories in a pound of fat).

Quite often, they don’t because their metabolism has adapted to such a low calorie diet that it won’t chance increasing energy expenditure for fear of burning through it’s precious energy stores.

Not eating enough calories puts stress on your body, and increases cortisol…along with other negative effects. This post also states that, “even if you don’t drop your calories too low, dropping carbohydrates too low can inhibit your metabolic functioning.” Don’t be afraid of carbs! Especially if you’re an active person!

The first time I heard about “metabolic damage” was when a friend sent me this video by trainer Layne Norton. He is mainly using fitness & figure models as the example here, but I think a lot of active people can relate. He really opened my eyes as to how dropping your calories or going low-carb can have a negative affect on your body:

He has said that what he does to help figure competitors recover is to have them eat a bit more calories each week until they reach the threshold for how many calories they can eat without gaining weight. It’s something that I have started doing as well. I used to only eat 1,300-1,500 calories because I wanted to lose bodyfat. Clearly, not enough!

Recently, I’ve been tracking my calories and trying to eat close to 1,700-1,800 and will slowly build to 2,000. It is really hard for me because I have no clue what to eat to get there! I can only eat so many protein shakes, fruit, eggs, etc. So any healthy snack ideas you have, please feel free to comment ;)

If you have been stuck in a plateau for a while (I certainly have), then how many calories you consume may play a role. Another thing to think about is your macros (protein, carbs, fat). Check out “If It Fits Your Macros” to get a break down of how many calories they think you should eat, along with macros.

I’ve written about IIFYM before, and don’t 100% agree with the premise, but I do agree with trying to calculate what percentage of each macronutrient you should be getting. Like I mentioned above, I use the LoseIt! app to track all of this.

If you want to see part 2 of Tony’s post about recovering your metabolism, check it out here.

If you want to get a clearer picture of your caloric needs, the best and most accurate thing would be to consult with a nutritionist or dietician.

Do you eat enough calories?

Do you track your calories and macros?

How does eating affect your workouts?

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03-10-2014

The Thigh Gap

Trigger warning: I will be somewhat discussing eating disorders.

When I first started my blog on Tumblr in 2010, a lot of posts I saw were “thinspo” or “thinspiration” which included pictures of girls with thigh gaps. It took me back to the days where a friend told me she wanted a thigh gap, and that your thighs shouldn’t touch. At the time, I wasn’t a personal trainer yet, so I didn’t think much of this, and didn’t think it was unhealthy or anything to want a thigh gap. I was remembering all of this because I saw Cassey from Blogilates posted on her Facebook page about searching for #thinspo, #thighgap and #skinny on social media platforms…I’ll get to that further below.

If you’re not sure what a “thigh gap” is, look it up on Google and a ton of pictures will show up.

thigh gap myth

The Problem

As with any desire to change a certain body part, it becomes a problem when it is something one obsesses over. From what I’ve seen through social media platforms like Tumblr, it seems that younger girls are really striving for this. Looking through the hashtags on thigh gap pictures, you may find things relating to eating disorders. There are lots of workouts that also target this “thigh gap.”

thighgapworkout

Why It’s A Problem

Having a thigh gap could be an unrealistic goal…something many girls may never achieve. Why? Because part of it depends on your hips. If you have wider hips, you may naturally have a thigh gap. If you have narrow hips, you probably don’t and won’t – no matter how many exercises you do. Here’s a good visual (and post explaining the thigh gap) I found on Tumblr:

thigh gap

Girls are chasing something that they may never achieve, and may be doing unhealthy things in order to get the thigh gap (like eating less).

Now, I’m not saying that people with thigh gaps are unhealthy. I’m saying that we shouldn’t be so focused on one body part, no matter what it is.

Social Media & Its Role

While social media certainly helps promote thigh gaps and helps girls spread these “thigh gap workouts” and “thinspo,” social media platforms are also doing a good job of letting users know that searching for these key terms isn’t necessarily healthy. Cassey from Blogilates reminded me of this (as I mentioned in the first paragraph). I knew Tumblr had a pop-up message, but wanted to explore other pages as well.

For example, when I searched “thigh gap” on Tumblr, this was the message I got:

thigh gap warning

I think it’s a great message, and helps to promote healthy goals, as well as possibly help those who need it.

Here’s a message from Pinterest:

pinterestthighgap

If you can’t read that it says, “ Eating disorders are not lifestyle choices, they are mental disorders that if left untreated can cause serious health problems or could even be life-threatening. For treatment referrals, information, and support, you can always contact the National Eating Disorders Association Helpline at 1-800-931-2237 or www.nationaleatingdisorders.org

Cassey mentioned that no posts came up on Instagram for “thigh gap” and I searched as well, and it comes up as blank. However, if you search #skinny, a similar text pop-up as the Pinterest and Tumblr ones comes up.

Nothing yet for Twitter.

Final Thoughts

Whether it’s thigh gaps, flat stomachs, “toned” arms, etc. I always feel disheartened when someone is so focused on one part of their body. Sure, I want to lose some belly flab, but I know that there are healthy ways to go about it, and also know that it’s possible I may never have a visible six-pack. As I mentioned, it’s a problem when something like this is obsessed over, and the sole goal of eating “healthy” and working out.

Like I said, I’m not bashing anyone with a thigh gap. We shouldn’t focus on whether or not we have one…but why not shift the focus to how strong our legs are? Girls should strive to make their legs stronger, whether it’s through running, lifting, CrossFit, etc.

I’m glad social media platforms are also standing up and trying to help those who may need it. It’s a step in the right direction.

What do you think about the thigh gap? Have you heard of it before?

Time to be positive: Leave a comment with your favorite body part and why you love it!

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02-27-2014

Comparing Yourself To Others

How often to do we compare ourselves to those around us, or even those we see online through social media and blogs?

Recently, I’ve been guilty of doing just that.

Sometimes you see someone else posting about their accomplishments and you start doubting yourself. Should you be at that point too? Are you behind in your “self-development?”

Whether it’s comparing ourselves to other athletes, other bloggers, other people in general…I know I’m not the only one who does it!

For me, I know I have taken a chance in starting my own business, and I know that for now I won’t have the same abilities as some of my friends (like going on vacation, spending at the mall, etc.), but sometimes I can’t help but feel like I am behind in “life.” Should I be taking this risk? Or at 25 years old should I be in a full-time job, saving money like other people? I don’t have an answer.

What I do know is that when I start thinking that, I also think about how I can’t imagine giving up on my passion and dream just yet. I gave myself a year to work it out, and we will see what happens once I’m back from my trip to Paraguay this summer. I love what I do, and although it has been challenging, I want to continue it.

And that thought process can go with anything. Do you sometimes feel really slow looking at other, faster runners? (I certainly do). Re-evaluate when you have doubts, and think about what brought you to that passion in the first place. If you love running, and want to continue to improve, then you will keep running despite feeling slower than others. If anything, those faster runners will be your motivation. At least that’s how I view it with running, and with my life thoughts going on right now.

Yes, sometimes I wish I had more money. I wish I could do certain things others can. I wish I could pay off my student loans! But then I remind myself that in time, those things will happen. Others may be experiencing life events right now, but that doesn’t mean I have to be as well. There is no timeline for when things should happen. Plus, sometimes what we see on blogs and social media isn’t the whole story.

A good thing to remember.

Do you find yourself comparing yourself to others? What do you have doubts about?

Do you have your own business? Please feel free to share some tips with me – I’d appreciate it! :)

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02-21-2014

Being Creative

How often do you set aside time just to explore your ideas and creative thoughts?

That was the topic of one of the sessions I went to last night, called “Exploring Deep Creativity.” This was part of Social Media Week NYC.

I really, really enjoyed this session, and thought a lot of what we covered would be relevant to many of you, especially those who have blogs.

One of the quotes in the presentation last night.

Creativity. What does it even mean? This session was a panel, and each member discussed how they define creativity, and their tips for harnessing those ideas you have.

One of the main things we touched upon was having set times for creative sessions. If you’re a blogger, do you set aside time to brainstorm ideas? Or do you let them come to you? There is no right answer here.

The panelists talked about how each person has their own “sacred space” and you should now what yours is. Do your ideas come to you while working out or running? Or do you work better sitting down at your computer with headphones in? Personally, I like being in a quiet room when I’m reading and writing. And a lot of my ideas come late at night, or even when I wake up from a dream :) Though I still haven’t gotten a notebook to keep at my bedside table to write all those ideas down…

Another point we talked about was taking time to disconnect. Seriously, who takes time to be disconnected from the internet and their phone in order to have a brainstorm session? I honestly can’t remember the last time I did that. They gave 2 ways you can do this:

  1. Have a creative session alone or with a friend, where you write down ALL of your thoughts and ideas on a blank piece of paper. It doesn’t matter if it makes sense or not. Don’t worry about the details, just write it down. No distractions. They also suggested doing this with a glass of wine ;)
  2. Go to a coffee shop with no WiFi and just have a work sprint session. 25 minutes of a “work sprint” with a 5 minute break. Use this time to write or work on developing your ideas and action plans. I definitely need to work on doing this more often.

Lastly, one of the things discussed was work/life balance. Who knows people who say things like, “I worked 12 hours today!” or “I worked 80 hours this week,” but mean it kind of in a bragging way? Since when does amount worked validate quality of work being done? That was a key takeaway of this session as well: It’s not about how many hours you work, it’s about the final product. You would work 50 hours and still have a mediocre result.

So this was kind of a brain dump of things I learned yesterday, but I knew it may help other bloggers and others who like to have a creative process. I can’t wait to implement some of these, and have already scheduled a WiFi-less coffee date with my sister for this weekend.

Do you have a creative process? How does it work?

What is your “sacred space” for ideas?

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02-19-2014

Should You Squat All The Way Down?

This is a common question I have gotten as a personal trainer, and one that is “controversial.”

I thought of this post after I saw elite runner Lauren Fleshman post a video of her team mate doing a barbell squat. Someone commented that she should be going all the way down, and then debate ensued. Well, Lauren answered with a great, informative response, and others were debating. I’ll post her answer in a bit.

The question I always get is, “Should I squat all the way down?” (Ass to grass if you will).

how low should you squat

You may hear this a lot (that you should), but I’m going to tell you that you shouldn’t (my opinion). Here are 2 reasons:

You don’t have the flexibility or mobility to do so. Your hips might be tight. Your lower back might be tight. Or your core may not be strong enough. If you try to squat lower than you can, you could end up hurting yourself, and your form will definitely suffer.

The “tuck.” If you don’t have the flexibility, then your lower back will certainly tuck under, which puts a lot of stress on your lower back. Here’s what this looks like:

 

What causes the tuck? Here’s what trainer Tony Gentilcore says:

A vast majority of people (not everyone) are sitting in posterior tilt all day, and as a result the hamstrings tend to get stiff(er) relative to the anterior core.

Ask someone to take a video of you squatting, so you can determine if you have a tuck. If you do, Tony has some great videos to help fix the problem.

I urge you not to force yourself to squat lower than you are able to! At the same time, don’t be one of those people who loads up the bar with weight, and just squats a few inches. I read somewhere that doing loaded squats and only squatting like 1/4 of the way down puts way more pressure on your knees than going parallel. So if you can’t go parallel OR a little above parallel, work on mobility first, and then attempt to squat.

If squatting to parallel is an issue for you, try out front squats.

The different placement of the bar helps you use your core more, and it helps a lot of people go deeper than a back squat. You could also try placing plates under your heels in a back squat, to help you go a bit lower. I did this with my brother, and in a few weeks he was able to remove the plates.

Okay, back to Lauren Fleshman. So someone told her to squat all the way down, and she told that person that he didn’t know about runners mechanics and why they don’t squat all the way down. I asked her to explain and this was her response:

lauren fleshman

 

I squat to 90 degree, mainly because I can’t go all the way down yet. But for me, I think 90 degree squats are fine. Trust me, you will feel it. It is tough. To recap, here’s what you can do to improve your squats:

  • Work on flexibility and mobility. Foam roll! Foam roll right before squatting too to help with range of motion.
  • Put plates under your heels to help you go a little bit lower. The plates elevate your heels, which helps if you lack flexibility.
  • Try a front squat. If you’re intimidated to try it with a barbell, try it with a kettlebell first.
  • Go to parallel or slightly above – nothing wrong with that.
  • If you can’t squat at all, work on bodyweight squats to get the form down, then slowly add weight with dumbbells. Also do other leg exercises instead, like lunges, split squats, leg press, etc.

Do you do barbell squats? Have you tried front squats?

Would anyone like a post going more into depth about squat variations, perhaps with a video?

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02-06-2014

You Love Working Out…But Your Significant Other Doesn’t

I love working out. I love going to the gym and lifting. I love running. I love finding new, healthy recipes to try.

The problem? My boyfriend isn’t that into it.

Well, that’s the point of this post…is it actually a problem? Should you care/worry if your significant other doesn’t share your passion for health & fitness? Will this eventually lead to a break up? Hopefully not!

workingout

While I am passionate about all of those things listed above, I know that Dan isn’t, so I don’t try to push him to do anything. I know we will probably never run a half-marathon together, but that’s okay. I always see couples working out in the gym, but that won’t be us – at least for now.

I know that things may be different if we lived together. We could go to the gym and try new recipes together, especially because he’d be more apt to try them if I cooked them ;)

I don’t need him to lift or run with me, or share the same passions as me, but what I want is for him to be healthy. I want him to stay healthy down the road, which starts with what we do now.

Recently, he has started going to the gym more, and is trying to eat more vegetables. I’m not going to force him to do anything he doesn’t want to do, because that is not the way to get people to exercise. I would never suggest this to one of my personal training clients, so why would I do it to a loved one?

His passion and hobby is sports. He likes going to games of his favorites teams, and reading sports blogs…much like I love fitness blogs ;)

It’s okay to have different hobbies. But I also think it’s good to try each other’s hobbies at least once. You never know if it’s something you’ll fall in love with! I went to my first Devil’s game with him back in 2008, and now my favorite sport to attend or watch is hockey.

Back when you had actual cameras with date stamps as opposed to smartphones lol #feelingold

He said he would do a 5k mud run with me, which I think he would actually like, so perhaps we will do that this summer! We’ve also talked about the NYC Urbanathlon :-P

Tips

So you want to try to get your significant other into fitness? Here are some tips:

  • Try something they’ll like that is active - Dan likes playing basketball outside, so in the past, we’ve gone to the basketball courts a few times. It is a good workout too!
  • Plan an active date - Go for a hike on a nice day, or swimming in the summer.
  • Talk about the future - Tell them about how you want them to be around for a while, and how certain actions could help increase their health (or the opposite). Just don’t sound preachy! People stop listening once it sounds like a lecture.
  • Try something totally new together - There are plenty of challenges out there, whether it’s for a week, or 30 days like Whole30. Whether it’s a weight loss challenge, or a squats/push-ups challenge, do something neither of you have tried.
  • Find another workout buddy - If he/she won’t run with you, it’s not the end of the world. Just find someone who will! I am grateful to have my mom as my daily running/lifting partner.

In the end, don’t force something down his/her throat. You wouldn’t like that either. I have been open to discussions with friends about being a vegetarian, and even tried it for a bit, but if someone started lecturing me or telling me what I do is bad, I’d be turned off by it all together.

Just because your significant other isn’t running or lifting daily with you doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing! Just find activities you will both enjoy, and once they start committing to a healthy lifestyle, support them and be there for any questions they may have.

Do you and your significant other work out together?

If you’re single, is a partner who is into working out a necessity? “Make it or break it” if you will?

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