Monday, March 6, 2017

Workout Upgrades That Will Have You Feeling Fresh and Fabulous!



Shortly after writing my 2017 goals & growth post, I realized that I had set the bar really high for myself and was starting to have some self-doubt about my ability to follow through on those goals. Especially when it came to my most daunting goal: training for my first marathon. 

It's been a couple months since I started my training, and while, I've been very diligent about adhering to it, I've definitely had many days where I didn't want to get out the door & check off a training run or do a strength session! That being said, I always feel so much better afterwards when I push pass the fatigue, everyday aches & pains, and bi-polar weather and get my workout in!

Along this journey I have discovered a few helpful things that have made me more excited and diligent about getting out the door and exercising. 

THE BUDDY SYSTEM

I believe all runners can benefit from group training. It's the best form of therapy in my opinion:). Not only does it help to keep you focused on your goal, give you accountability but it also provides the much needed distraction from whatever pain you may experience along your run. I've had an awesome group of girls that have been a huge support and have made the journey so much more enjoyable then I would have ever thought!
NEW WORK OUT GEAR

I don't know about you, but knowing I have a cute new outfit or a brand new pair of running shoes makes me really excited to get out the door and workout! I find that picking up workout gear that makes you feel confident and comfortable is key for getting you out of a rut!  
TRACK PROGRESS

Whether you are looking to shed weight or improve performance, tracking your progress is essential to your success! I first saw the benefits of measuring my performance ten years ago, when I started doing a high intensity 90-day strength training regimen, and I have been a believer ever since. My favorite way to keep track of my workouts these days is through my Garmin watch, because you have access to your data immediately after working out without having to input any data and it's easy to see the progress you're making.
SWITCH IT UP

The closer I get to race day, the more I realize that: yes It's important to log a ton of miles per week but It's also crucial you don't injure yourself in the process. Adding variety to your workouts/cross-training once or twice a week will be pivotal for staying healthy and motivated! Plus, it's also much easier to wrap your mind around a different workout, when you can't get the motivation to do the same-thing you've been doing all week. 
STAY FRESH

I’m one of those people who sweats a ton after workouts (gross, I know) and with the unpredictable temperatures and stress of training, a good deodorant is a must. I recently made the switch to Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant and it’s been a real game changer for keeping me dry with 48 hour protection, while also giving me the skincare benefits of Dove ¼ moisturizers and NutriumMoisture for softer, smoother underarms. In just a few months of use, I've already noticed a difference in the texture & coloring of my skin (which was getting irritated by my previous lack-luster deodorant). Another thing that has made the switch to Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant easier has been their new soothing & calming scents, my favorite being this pomegranate you see below. 
 ps. since I had such a positive experience with Dove's Advanced Care Antiperspirant I decided to buy an extra one for my friend Jamie to try it out(she's the one on the left of our group picture;)). Here is what she had to say about it: "It has a great smell, not too overwhelming but feminine with great application & no flakiness issues". 
So, pretty similar results to what I experienced.

  
Alright, I want to hear from you! What are your tips for getting the most out of your workouts? What keeps you motivated to get your workouts-in?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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