Tis the season for indulging, whether it’s eating, drinking, shopping, lounging around not knowing what day or time it is, and then BAM! Straight into diet and exercise season. Such a harsh transition, isn’t it? This year, I’m hoping to ease back into real life a bit more smoothly than in years past. Jon and I have had nearly endless conversations about how we want to tweak our wellness and exercise plans for 2018; here’s how we’re working on our minds and bodies into the coming year.
Studies show meditation can benefit both your physical and emotional well-being by reducing anxiety and negative emotions, increasing patience, imagination and creativity, and may help people manage symptoms of asthma, chronic pain, depression, high blood pressure, sleep problems, etc1. The Headspace and Mindfulness apps are two my husband and I have tested in the past weeks and enjoy; they walk you through the process and offer 1, 2, 3 , 5, 10+ minute meditations. My 2018 goal is to complete guided meditations 3x a week for overall wellness and anxiety management.
While I’ve attended HIRT and cardio classes at our local YMCA, I’ve also added Kayla Itsines’s Bikini Body Guide, or BBG, to the mix. Using the Sweat app, I’ve added BBG workouts when I can’t get to the Y. Guys, they are INTENSE in the best possible way. I love that the moves are tried-and-true (no inventing variations just for invention’s sake), they get the job done in 28 minutes and most of all, they work! Follow Kayla on Instagram and check #BBG – there’s no shortage of before and afters, testimonials and legions of fans sharing results! I love that she also posts workouts to her Insta, allowing you to test out the program before buying. More often than not they’re bodyweight based or require very basic/minimal equipment, making them perfect to have saved when traveling or times when you just can’t hit the gym.
For the past month, I’ve worked one-on-one with my dear friend Noelle Yanik, named one of the top trainers in the country by Women’s Health Magazine and competed as one of the final 5 contestants for the Next Fitness Star Competition. Amazing doesn’t begin to describe her – she’s not only my friend and confidant, but she’s encouraged me to try methods and practices I hadn’t considered in the past, with results I can see in just 30 days. Every session with her is a treat (really…even when sweating and out of breath!) as not only is she an excellent and renowned professional, but she’s just a joy to be with. Follow her on Instagram, where she shares workouts, tips and meals and check out her ebook, Unbreakable Core, to strengthen your core and lift the pelvic floor post-partum.
Running: the lululemon 40 | 80 challenge
The lululemon 40 | 80 challenge starts on January 2 and ends on January 15 – the goal is to run either 40k or 80k outdoor miles (no treadmill!) within that timeframe and log your successes with Strava, an activity-tracking app/website that’s also a social network for athletes. Rumor has it if you complete the challenge and show your Strava badge in person at your local lululemon, you *might* get some free swag! That alone is motivation for me to giddy up and go. Follow the journey on Instagram and at #4080challenge.
What are your health and wellness plans for 2018? Anyone else sloooowly easing into it after a month of decadence?
1A beginner’s guide to meditation. (2017, October 17). Retrieved December 30, 2017, from https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/meditation/in-depth/meditation/art-20045858