The other day, I took a new strength class at a studio I’ve never been to before. Right before class, I was worried about not being familiar with the class format and not being able to perform my best. The class turned out fine, it was a killer workout and I was dripping in sweat! Working out is the one hour a day that I truly give and dedicate to myself. It’s the time that I use to thank my body for everything that it does and to embrace the strength and mobility that I have. I also realize that when I try new things, there’s always a period of adjustment. For example, it took me a solid 10 spin classes to really get the hang of it and enjoy it. Shortly after class, I met with a friend, and at some point in the conversation we talked about how his girlfriend doesn’t like to workout because she hasn’t found an activity she likes and is afraid of being bad at something or getting judged by others. That upset me - to have something like that hold you back from your own health and fitness. Most of the time, people are so focused on their own workout, they don’t have time to observe and judge others, but I understand her fear. I’m thankful that the fitness community at my gym is so welcoming and encouraging to newcomers, but realize that not everyone is fortunate enough to find a group of people like this. How do you inspire those around you to be healthy and active? How do you treat those who are less experienced? How do you create a welcoming environment for people to start their fitness journey?
#LiptonPartner On days where I have intense workouts, I make sure that I wind down properly and have a calm evening before sleep. This means eating a balanced dinner, no screen time an hour before bed, meditating and sipping on something hot and soothing. @Lipton's Bedtime Bliss Herbal Supplement is a lullaby in a cup with a mixture of chamomile, mint and orange peel - I find myself drinking at least two cups!
Many of you know that I'm currently training for my fifth half marathon. The SF half marathon (almost 4 years ago) was my very first race and I found that building up distance was really harsh on my knees and IT band. A coworker of mine introduced me to @Biofreeze to help cool the pain. I'm happy to say that I'm partnering with #Biofreeze as I train for my next half marathon! #sponsored