Let’s talk fitness. Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Isn’t Hannah always eating doughnuts and cupcakes?” So I’ll start by saying I’m a gal all about balance. I have the biggest sweet tooth, but that means I work out in order to eat all the goodies you may see on my Insta feed. I also eat a generally healthy diet. (I can share some of that in an upcoming post!) I’m never going to be a size 0 again in my life, and I’ve accepted that. But that doesn’t mean I don’t need to constantly push myself to stay motivated to achieve my own goals. Staying motivated can be hard, though. Yes, when you’re preparing for a tropical vacay you might be determined as hell. But what about after that? How do you stay motivated in this crazy busy life when priorities are pulling you in all sorts of directions?
Set goals. These should be both big and small but need to be customized for you. Whether it’s making it to three workouts a week or training for an upcoming run, what do YOU want to achieve. One of my current goals is super embarrassing but I’ll share because I like y’all. I need to increase my flexibility. And by increase my flexibility I mean *cue embarrassment* I can’t touch my toes. I’m typing this as I laugh because it sounds so silly but I’m totally serious.
Invest in workout gear. I’m a huge supporter of “look good, feel good” when it comes to working out. You want to feel comfortable, and you want to feel confident. If your high school senior shirt makes you feel BLAH going to the gym, don’t wear it. I’m not telling you that you need to spend a fortune on workout clothes, but I personally have noticed that the quality items I’ve invested in have lasted for years.
Find a fitness buddy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a very independent person. I’m capable of going to classes by myself and frequently do. However, it’s so fun working out with a friend! And it holds you accountable. You’ll also be more willing to try new things if you’re not doing it solo. When I first moved to Chicago my friend Laura was great about joining me whenever I wanted to try a new class to show me the ropes. Find yourself a Laura.
Eat healthy. Here we go again with doughnut girl telling me how to eat.. I know, I know. But you’ll notice the difference of how your body feels when you’re eating healthy vs. eating junk. You’l have more energy and less likely to bail out of that afternoon spin class. Trust me.
Stay challenged. This is something I think applies to life in general. Stepping out of your comfort zone may feel awkward/painful in the moment, BUT IT’S SO WORTH IT.
Pick workouts you enjoy. When it comes to choosing my workouts, I definitely like variety. These are my favorite Chicago workouts and why!
- Flywheel If you’re down for good music and spinning, you’ll love Flywheel. You’ll leave sweaty and definitely less stressed. I like that you can essentially make the class as hard as you want and track your progress since they have their own “point” system to compete with classmates. There’s also a Real Good Juice right by Flywheel, so you can treat yourself to a post-class smoothie.
- Sweat I have to admit, I was intimidated AF to go to Sweat for the longest time. I’ve done HITT workouts before so I have no idea what was going on in my head, especially since everybody there is so nice! I was essentially psyching myself out for no reason. I sometimes still hide behind Laura on the treadmill so I can take a break in an effort not to vom (TMI), but I’ve learned to love it there. It’s definitely the most challenging on the list, whether it’s Total Body Tabata or Legs/Butt day, but I feel so damn good afterward. Just be prepared to feel it even more the following days… the best.
- Shred415 Shred’s a great class to mix cardio and weights. You’ll switch between tread and weight work a few rounds during the class. I’m not a big runner, so I love that I can do it in intervals so I don’t get bored. You can set your speed at whatever you want within the suggested range to make the class what you want it to be.
- Pure Barre I’ve gone to Pure Barre for the past couple years and still look forward to going back each class. It’s somewhat relaxing for me yet still a challenge. As I said before, my flexibility isn’t where I’d like to be. That means I’m somewhat awkward/look like a dork at times. If I can do it, you can do it. Don’t be fooled by the little movements though. When they say LTB (lift, tone, burn), you’ll really feel the burn.
- I’m also trying out Barry’s Bootcamp for the first time in a couple weekends. It’s right by my office, so maybe that’ll be added to my list. TBD if I make it out alive. 😉
Have a favorite? I’d love to hear/try it out! Share in the comments below or reach out on social media. xx
Shirt by Chrldr | Leggings by Lululemon | Shoes by Nike | Sunglasses by Ray-Ban
Photos by Laura Grusecki.