12-09-2015

5 Reasons To Join a Gym

The new year is right around the corner…yikes!

Funny side story: I was reading about top resolutions that people don’t actually accomplish, and one of mine from 2015 was on there (insert laughing/crying emoji). I wanted to “learn something new” in 2015 and said I’d learn guitar or piano or take a dance class. Yeah, needless to say I did none of those things BUT I want to try in 2016! I really would love to learn any of those things OR also learn how to play tennis – random I know.

Anyway, going back to new year’s resolutions…a common one is working out more or losing weight. Many people hit the gym for the first time in the new year. Or you might be nervous about joining a gym and aren’t sure if it’s right for you. Well I’m here to give you reasons why you should join a gym.

5 Reasons Why You Should Join a Gym in 2016!

Extra Motivation

This is my number one reason. First of all, I am way more motivated to work out and lift when I am physically at the gym. A lot of people like at-home workouts but I just can not motivated myself to do them. Even though I have dumbbells at home, if I’m at the gym I am way more likely to finish my entire workout than cut it short and just plop on the couch.

Also, you’re paying for a gym membership. That is good enough motivation in and of itself! Will you feel good knowing you’re paying for something monthly that you’re not using? The same premise applies to boutique studios and fitness classes if those are more your thing. Actually paying for classes will decrease the likelihood of you skipping your workout just because “you didn’t feel like it.”

Variety of Equipment

If you work out at home, you most likely will be limited with what equipment you have (unless you have built your own at-home gym, in which case I’m jealous). You can find all sorts of equipment at the gym, ranging from kettlebells, cable machines, pull-up  bars, barbells, TRXs, and much, much more. 

We all know switching up your routine regularly will help you avoid the dreaded plateau, and having all sorts of equipment to use in your workouts is the best way to continually change things up. If you’re not sure how to use something, do not fret! I’ll talk about that in my next reason which is…

Personal Trainers

Yes, personal trainers can be a bit pricey but you’re getting someone who will create a workout plan for you, monitor your form, guide you and help you with your goals. However, if it’s not in your budget or you don’t want a personal trainer, that’s fine. You can still ask them for help during your workouts. Like I said above, if you don’t know how to use something, no problem. Simply as a trainer at your gym to show you how to correctly use something. You might feel a little embarrassed but DON’T!! Also, it is much better to feel embarrassed than have improper form using something and then injuring yourself. Trust me, the trainers want to help you and will gladly show you proper technique.

Combine Workouts

This somewhat goes along with my “variety of equipment” point but the beauty of a gym is that you have so much to work with. You can easily do a cardio + strength workout using dumbbells or kettlebells and a treadmill. Run 400 meters on the treadmill, then do 15 kettlebell swings and walking lunges. Done. Easy. Yes it is probably more fun running outside but it is also more of a pain in the @$$ to lug your weights to your local track or outside in order to do a workout like this (I’ve tried.)

Most gyms have all sorts of cardio equipment, so it also makes cross-training so much easier. Don’t feel like running? No problem, hop on a bike. Bored of your usual routine? Do 1o min. treadmill, 10 min. stairstepper, 10 min. elliptical. 30 minute cardio workout done. Want to do a hill workout? You can easily to intervals on the treadmill and “set it and forget it.”

Meet Like-Minded People

If you’re going to the gym regularly, you start seeing the same people every day. Same goes for fitness classes (or perhaps your gym also offers fitness classes which is a bonus). By joining a gym you’ll be able to meet others with similar goals as you and/or perhaps your new workout buddy! I’ve chatted with various people at my gym about running or their workout simply because we see each other a lot, or they see my race shirt so they ask me about it, etc. It is not awkward at all, in fact, if you ask someone about their workout (tip: don’t talk to them while they’re actually doing the workout), they’ll probably be flattered and will love to talk about what they’re doing. Meeting new people can be a new source of motivation and inspiration for you.

I love my gym and am glad my parents also work out at the same gym. One year ago, my dad refused to exercise at the gym because he was embarrassed. Well I know that’s the real reason despite him saying it was just easier to do it at home ;) Now, he goes to the gym every day and is more motivated than ever to lead a healthy life and exercise regularly.

Are you thinking of joining a gym in 2016?

If you’re an avic gym go-er, what are your favorite aspects of your gym?

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12-31-2013

2014 Goals + My December Favorites

Does anyone else not want it to be a new year on certain years because they don’t like the numbers? 13 is my lucky number so I loved 2013, but I hate the number 14 haha. Maybe I’m just weird…

Anyway, I wanted to talk about my 2014 goals, since it is that last day of 2013!! Can you believe it?!

Here is what I wrote for what I wanted to accomplish in 2013. PS – this post may get a little lengthy…

  • Improve on my 5K, half-marathon and marathon times - I want to get faster all around. This year my mom and I will be doing a few half marathons and the New York City Marathon. My main goal is to take NYC with a vengeance and not suffer as much as I did the first time. How will I do this? I will follow Marc’s training plans and not skip runs. I want to run minimum 4x a week but will strive for 5-6 depending on my shin pain. I will also make an effort to cross train more.
  • Starting with just the month of January, I will try to do something fitness related every day - Doesn’t have to be much, but whether it’s running, lifting or just 20 minutes of yoga, I want to be active every day and see if I can keep this streak up in January. Depending on how it goes, I want to continue it throughout the year!
  • Be able to do 5 pull ups in a row -How will I do this? I will do pull up specific exercises every time I lift, which is hopefully 3-4x a week!
  • Graduate with my Master’s in May with a GPA no less than 3.9 - I had a 4.0 until this semester =( but I really want to keep it at 3.9 now and finish out with a bang.
  • Get a full time job I am excited about! *crossing fingers*
  • Keep a budget and track my spending - I did this for a while but stopped. I need to get back to it to make sure I am not over spending and that I’m saving enough. How will I do this? Every paycheck I will dissect down into where my money should go, and give myself a limit for money spent on shopping.
  • Eat much healthier and cleaner – How will I do this? For the past 2 weeks, I have been eating really clean, and allowing myself 1 small “cheat” per day, whether it’s a piece of chocolate, a cookie, etc. Letting myself eat 1 thing I wanted per day allowed me to not feel deprived. I will continue this, but obviously exceptions will be made for holidays or birthdays!

Now let’s see what I actually got done:

  • Improve on my 5K, half-marathon and marathon times - I didn’t really race many 5ks this year, but all of my focus was on the marathon. While I didn’t PR in the half, I’m ok with that because I only did 1 half marathon the entire year. I did get a 33 minute PR at the NYC Marathon, so I think that makes up for everything else ;)
  • Starting with just the month of January, I will try to do something fitness related every day - I did keep this up in January but wasn’t stringent with it the whole year. I do like to believe I am pretty active every day, as I work out 5x a week, but also make sure to take walking breaks at work so I’m not sitting for hours on end.
  • Be able to do 5 pull ups in a row - Noooo :( Sadly, strength training went by the wayside once I started marathon training. But I am working hard on pullups currently!
  • Graduate with my Master’s in May with a GPA no less than 3.9 - CHECK!
  • Get a full time job I am excited about! While I don’t have a full-time job, I am doing something I’m excited about. I started my own social media marketing business, and am working with several clients and hoping to grow in 2014!
  • Keep a budget and track my spending - I did do this for a time being, but haven’t been as good about it lately. Really need to get back to this!
  • Eat much healthier and cleaner – I’d say for the most part, this happened. While some splurges may have happened after my half marathon and after my marathon (hey, I just trained for months on end!) I kept a healthy diet for the most part. I like eating healthy, as it helps me feel better too.

Alright, now time for my 2014 goals! Going along with how I set up my 2013 goals, I will state each goal AND how I plan on accomplishing them. Setting up a plan is the best way to make sure you don’t forget about your resolutions by February!

2014 goals

  • Let’s try this again: Be able to do 3-5 unassisted pull-ups – I’ve been working hard on pull-ups the past 5 weeks, so hopefully I can get there! I decreased my weight on the assisted machine by 15 lbs today so I’m making progress :) How will I do this? Continue incorporating pull-ups into my routine, but also getting stronger at other back lifts (rows), and working on my biceps.
  • Get a 5K PR – I have no long distance runs planned this year, since I kind of want to take the year to do shorter races and get faster…and focus on lifting. So I think I have a shot at doing this! How will I do this? By doing workouts that will help me get faster such as hill sprints (I’ve been doing 2-3 mile runs with lots of hill sprints incorporated), track workouts, and continuing to incorporate longer runs.
  • Do a blog redesign and transfer over to wordpress.org – I’ve been working on this for the past month or so, but designing a blog is hard! Hiring someone to do it can be costly so for now I’m going to try to work on it myself. How will I do this? Reading books on wordpress, learning basic html through codeacademy, and trial and error.
  • FINALLY finish my online training plans and start an online 8 week workout program – Honestly, the training plan has been getting pushed off though I still work on it when I can…I’ve just been busy! I’d love to finish that, and start an 8 week online workout program which will be an online community, but also members will be sent workouts from me each week. How will I do this? Dedicating a certain amount of time each week to working on this.
  • Raising awareness for my Etsy shop and the charity that it helps - In case you haven’t seen my posts about it, my mom and I opened up an online shop to sell duffel bags, tote bags…you name it. 10% of the proceeds goes to a charity called Manitos, which helps children diagnosed with cancer in Paraguay. Please check it out! How will I do this? Dedicating time to working on marketing my shop, but also dedicating time to making new products.
  • Read a minimum of 5 new books - I slacked on reading this year…well, actually I probably did read close to 5 books. But I’d like to read more in 2014! How will I do this? Spending at least 10 minutes each night before bed reading instead of being online.
  • Making more YouTube videos – I started my YouTube channel a while ago, but hadn’t posted on it for a few months. I’m planning on posting more workout videos and how-to videos in 2014, so please subscribe! How will I do this? Yet again, I will dedicate time on the weekends to film and edit videos, and have them ready for the week. I will need to set aside time to brainstorm ideas as well.

And that last point leads me to my newest video, which is my December favorites!

Hopefully 2014 is an awesome year. I really do love new year’s because it feels like there are so many possibilities ahead of you. Hope everyone has a great New Year’s Eve!

Have you made your goals/resolutions? What are they?

Are you doing anything fun for New Year’s Eve?

Where do you get your workout clothes?

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12-02-2013

My December Goals

I really can’t believe in less than a month it will be 2014. 2013 was a good year for me…plus, 13 is my lucky number. I’m not really a fan of even numbers like 14.

Do you have years you “like” and “don’t like” or am I just a weirdo? ;)

Since it’s the end of the year, I wanted to make a list of things I want to accomplish before the new year. It will feel great going into 2014 knowing I finished my list (or at least got close). I’m not sure if I will accomplish some of these things (unassisted pull-up) but that doesn’t mean I can’t try!

Here are my goals:

december goals

Let’s use December to kick it into high gear and lead up to the new year in a positive way!

Why wait until 2014 to make New Year’s Resolutions? If you haven’t thought of any goals, this is your chance. Think of a few and post them to your blog, then send me the link! We can all support each other in finishing off 2013 with a bang. I can’t wait to see your to-do list!

What do you know for a fact will be one of your New Year’s Resolutions?

Do you usually follow through with resolutions?

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