Nothing's a time kill like holiday shopping. But that's no reason why you can't fit in exercise. If you don't have time for a run or spin class, lace up your running shoes anyway, and park far from a store entrance. Add a half hour to your shopping excursion and get your walk on.
During this seven-year period of time I've become quite familiar with the system and the people who developed it, I've watched it change significantly over these years, and I've come to hold several opinions regarding CrossFit. Some of them I will share with you here.
But by the end of the class, I was amazed at what my heart rate monitor was telling me -- especially since I felt I had spent a lot of time just listening to the rules of the next challenge or cheering my teammates on.
During an hour-long practice, I see a room full of people drop their outer facades and fall into the present moment. I see faces soften. I see shoulders relax. I see defenses fall away. It is hard to accurately describe what that looks like, but it is one of the most beautiful things in the world.
Doing the Dream Body series made me realize that I rely on my workouts as a much-needed break from my life, and doing jumping jacks a few feet away from my dirty kitchen was ultimately too stressful, not a stress-reliever.
It's tempting to settle into living room DVD hibernation mode, no matter how much I remind myself about the benefits of exercising outside.
Certain positions and rolls were incredibly uncomfortable in the best way: Sinking my weight into the pressure of a small black ball firmly placed beneath my quad muscles ignited the kind of release I'd expect from a deep-tissue massage.
Rather than giving up your tight buns for cinnamon buns, try switching up your typical glute routine by adding in this StepMill glute-sculpting workout.
The events I had just witnessed, combined with my own exhausted state, and the triumph of finishing my first marathon were almost too much. What a glorious world we live in and how thankful I am to be alive to experience days like this.
Your body is an amazing thing. It'll adapt very quickly to whatever you throw at it. So quickly in fact that if you don't keep making it more challenging then your results will start to diminish.
We know you need some motivation to keep one foot in front of the other. But cheering loved ones with signs can only do so much.
Sometimes I run to be healthy, and sometimes I run because I'm training for a race. But I've found that my most successful runs happen when I'm not worried about my distance, time or how many calories I think I've burned.
The basic premise that "practice makes perfect" holds true. Just getting out there made a big difference (far from perfect, but at least moving in the right direction).
I made the switch to early morning runs after a recent job change, and I discovered some surprising benefits to running before the sun comes up.
Some days it's easier than others to channel my inner diva into a badass workout. But all workouts feel a little bit better with the right (read: Beyoncé-filled) playlist.
Fitness is different for everyone. What works for one may not work for the other. It is up to you to find what does work for you and run with it. Make fitness your own.
What got you here won't get you there. If you want to see different results, you have to do something different. If you want to see progress each week, then you have to progress each week.
At the end of the day, the thing we're all searching for is to feel good. To feel empowered. For some, that feeling is bolstered by having muscles to flex. For others, that might mean just walking with her head high, knowing that she's taking care of herself in a way that feels good for her.
The UP wristband that each of us on the Cooking Light Food Lover's Social Diet is wearing is basically a fancy, diabolical pedometer that jacks into your smartphone and downloads your day's exercise. The UP band was calling me a sloth.
Posting a picture of a fit woman with three kids in and of itself is not body shaming at all. Posting a picture of a beautiful woman who is brave enough to wear lingerie should be empowering... But both of their words make their movements obsolete. That is the real "shame" of this.