I have received several questions on Instagram about how I stay consistent with workouts and how I stay active. I figured I’d break it down in 10 easy ways to be active this summer! So let’s jump right in.
- Plan your workouts/exercises in advanced – I like to plan my workouts at least a week in advance. I love spin classes so I try to fit them in my schedule 2-3 times per week. I also enjoy lifting so I rotate days with spin class. Sometimes you have no time for an actual class or going to the gym which is perfectly fine, but make an effort to take a walk in the middle of the workday even if it’s only 5-10 minutes.
- Find a group of people with similar goals as you – I started lifting about 6 months ago and I fell in love with it. My aunt and mom started lifting with me about 3 months ago. We all enjoy lifting together at the gym. It’s so fun to celebrate new personal records (PRs) with a group and compete against each other.
- Find a gym – When I was looking for a gym I considered many factors for choosing the right gym. I wanted a place that was close to my house, had a variety of classes and a lot of free weights. I love it because there is always a lot to do whether it’s taking a class of stretching or working on TRX. It’s always different.
- Get a dog – or a pet that will motivate you to take walks. In one of my previous posts, I introduced everyone to Finn. He is a puppy with a lot of energy, so we have to walk him and run in the backyard with him every day.
- Change it up – I like having options for working out. Sometimes that means going to the pool, working out at the gym, trying out new classes, or going on runs with my dog. Whatever you choose, make sure you make it a priority to be active.
- Try different workouts – The Washington DC Metro area has several boutique gyms like Solidcore, SoulCycle, Rumble and tons of new gyms opening. Check one out!
- Take a hike! – There are many parks around the DMV area that have walking trails and hiking trails. My favorites in the area include Great Falls, Lake Needwood, and Sugarloaf Mountain. Find a trail near you!
- Take the stairs – Instead of taking the elevator, take the stairs. You will burn calories and tone up at the same time.
- Take time for yourself – Being fit and active doesn’t necessarily mean just taking care of your body but also your mind. Take some time to do some breathing exercises and clear your mind. This will help to reduce your stress levels. I have an app called Breathe Sleep & Meditation. You can also go on YouTube and search for meditation and breathing videos.
- Have fun! – Do something you enjoy. It took me a while to find something I actually enjoy. I love CrossFit and SoulCycle but I tried several other workouts that I did not enjoy. When you find something that you enjoy it won’t seem like a huge undertaking.