Health in the Time of Quarantine: Fitness

It’s not easy staying motivated to workout when you’re ordered to stay in your house / apartment / condo and you’re 1) worried, 2) surrounded by the goodies in your kitchen, 3) happier watching Netflix or scrolling Instagram than moving your body. It’s even harder if you’re used to going to classes.

LET ME TELL YOU. I’m feeling it, especially this week where I have zero motivation to move my body even when I know I’ll feel better after, mentally and physically. So yes, allow yourself to rest.

But, if you feel so inclined, MOVE. It is bound to help. I mentioned it before, and I’ll mention it again…Elle Woods knows best: “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t kill their husbands. They just don’t!”

Rounding up my favorite workout options at all prices. It can be expensive. It doesn’t have to be!

  1. Peloton: Definitely on the pricier side. The bike and mat came in under $2500, which I split with my fiance. What I love about Peloton is obviously the amazing classes on the bike and the fact that it’s just sitting in my living room begging to be used, but also the app! Whether or not you have the bike, you can download the app and do yoga, strength, cardio, meditation, outside running (with mask!), etc. So many great instructors and class options ranging from 5 minutes to 60 minutes. It pretty much gives you no excuse 🙂
  2. Instagram Live / Zoom: So many fitness instructors and personal trainers have been furloughed and / or stopped seeing clients in person for obvious reasons. Enter technology. Whether you want to follow along on Instagram Live for free or donation based rates, or sign up for virtual Zoom classes where instructors can see you. I’ve done both! I personally prefer Zoom because I work harder and can fix my form. Look up your favorite influencer / instructor on Insta or check if your gym is doing online classes. Many are.
  3. Pinterest: A freebie. I used to do this all the time while traveling when I couldn’t get to a class or had a fitness studio that offers online classes. I would search “total body workout 15 minutes” or “abs” or “lower body 10 minutes”, etc. and found a myriad of options. I saved them on a board, and will open them every so often to find a routine if I’m not feeling creative.
  4. YouTube: Another freebie. Like HELLO! Search for pretty much anything on the interwebs and there is a YouTube video / channel waiting for you. If you like yoga, maybe try “Yoga with Adriene”. If you like pilates / low impact / body specific routines, check out “Blogilates”. She offers a wide range of videos from programs to singles. Your opportunities are endless, and you might like it better than reading off of a screen.

You can also find many of these (and more!) in my “Coronacation” highlight on Insta!

Stay safe and healthy, and I hope this inspires you to move today!

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I’m Turning 30. Now What?

First Deloitte event after I made the big move to Boston! (Summer 2018)

In exactly one month, I will hit the next decade. One that causes many people to flip a shit. I wouldn’t say I’m nervous about turning 30, but I wouldn’t go as far as saying I’m ecstatic about getting older (is anyone really?). But I’m not freaking out about it.

Honestly, I look better than I did in my early- / mid-twenties.

I’m in a loving relationship.

I have a good job with a good salary.

I live in a bomb apartment in a fabulous city.

Not to mention, five years ago I wasn’t traveling – internationally or domestically – the way I do now. Things are great. But they can always be better.

Drastic hair change (but I loved it!) and my amazing boyfriend. (Spring 2018)

I starting conjuring up a list of things I want to do upon turning 30. Some of them are things I’ve tried and failed before, and some of them are brand spankin’ new.

  1. Read at least one book every two months before my next birthday
  2. Spend more time with family
  3. Drink at least 100 oz of water per day
  4. Avoid spending my own money one week each month (non-work)
  5. Stretch more. Foam roll more. Get more massages.
  6. Save an extra $150 per month
  7. Avoid calling myself fat
  8. Sign up for a new type of race
  9. Go to the movies alone
  10. Deadlift 275 lbs / backsquat 225 lbs or more
  11. Make more time for phone calls with family and friends
  12. Speed up mile jog pace (which means TRAINING, Brynn!)
  13. Spend more time at home in Boston
  14. Buy myself more flowers
  15. Travel to a new city, domestic or international
  16. Strive for my leanest body while maintaining a balanced life
  17. Spend less time on my phone around friends, family, and bae
  18. Try one new Boston restaurant a month
  19. Complete a detox diet (i.e. no added sugar, Whole 30)
  20. Learn a new skill
  21. Do something new at work
  22. Purge my closet of unused shoes and clothes
  23. Finish decorating my apartment
  24. Workout at least twice a week while at client site
  25. Spend more alone / quiet time with bae
  26. Create (and stick to) a general budget
  27. Go to ten historic sites or museums in Boston
  28. Organize my closets
  29. Make a new financial investment
  30. Focus on eating less processed foods
Disney Princess Half Marathon 2019 – Need more amazing, thrilling, difficult events in the future.

We’ll see how far I get, but it’ something to strive toward next year!

Are you hitting a milestone? Even if you’re not, do you have any goals you’re trying to achieve?