Fitness Favorites: Staying Motivated Throughout the Year

There’s always a ton of fitness talk right at the brink of a new year, but once we get a few months in, the hype seems to die down. It’s about 2 months into the year that I find myself needing a little fitness reboot. I set my goals for the year and finds ways to live a healthier lifestyle, but as we all know, life gets busy, things come up, and old habits die hard. I’m by no means a fitness guru but if I’ve learned anything over the years, it’s that I’m definitely happiest and most efficient when I get a workout in at the beginning of the day. Some days it’s a run, more often than not a fitness class, but even just getting straight out of bed without hitting the snooze button and taking my dog Nahla for a hike or long walk does the trick— Basically anything to get the legs moving and the juices flowing for the day!

I don’t know about you guys, but the secret to my own happiness and staying on track is 1. Being outside and 2. Switching things up. With the exception of these last few rainy weeks, Southern California is normally always sunny! As someone who loves the outdoors, this beautiful weather naturally motivates me to be outside. Not only is just about every outdoor activity free (something we can all appreciate!) but I’ve found outdoor activities are often the most enjoyable! Hiking is one of my favorite ways to get the muscles moving but to also enjoy the scenery! Living in LA there’s a ton to choose from, but I try to hike, go for a jog, and do the Santa Monica Stairs at least once a week.

To balance out my cardio and to keep things fresh, I’ll alternate between a few fitness classes throughout the week. At the moment I’m on a major Pilates kick. I’ve tried Yoga, Sculpt, Barre, and Spin, but Pilates has been the most effective for my body type. The reformer machines are great for lengthening and tone the entire body without bulk. I used to go 5 days a week in college and loved the way I felt, so I’m getting back into this one again! When I’m needing a kick in the butt or looking for a little extra accountability, I’ll be sure to sign up for a workout class on a Monday. It forces me out of bed despite my best efforts to snooze and starts the week off on the right foot!

Beyond just working out, I’ve also found I’m a better version of myself when I’m living out a balanced lifestyle in general. It’s important to find time for fitness, relationships, faith, work, and yourself. This certainly takes trial and error and occasionally saying “No” to certain things, but I’ve found I’m healthiest and most rewarded whenever I have this balance down!

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Tips for keeping your fitness journey throughout the year:

1.Keep a water bottle with you throughout the day to stay hydrated.

2. Try to walk to pick up your morning coffee or groceries. If you “don’t have time,” wake up 30 minutes earlier.

3. Treat yourself to a new workout outfit! It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, even something as simple as a new pair of running shoes, but I’ve learned from experience when I feel my best I perform my best!

4. Book a workout class. Find a workout buddy and sign up for a week-long trial at a new studio. Even if you aren’t going with friends, a group atmosphere keeps you accountable.

5. Change it up! We all get bored and routine can make us complacent. Try a new class, go on a new hike or try something unconventional like recreational Tennis or a Horseback Riding Lesson. Active hobbies aren’t just for kids!

6. Unplug— We’re all prone to being buried in our phones, but use your workout as a time to also unplug and recharge your mind.

My Favorite Workouts

Pilates Platinum

Core Power Yoga

Hiking: Will Rodgers, Runyon, Griffith Park, Solstice Canyon

Soul Cycle

Santa Monica Stairs

My go-to fitness brands

Varley

LuLuLemon

Strut This

Nike

What are your favorite workouts and what fuels you?!

xx Erica

Varley Sweatshirt (In Black)| Varley Workout Top (In Black) | Varley Sports Bra | Varley Leggings | Nike Running Shoes | Nike Hat | LuLuLemon Backpack | BKR Water Bottle

Photos by Valorie Darling

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