Guest Post : Itz Linz
Good morning guys! <3
I’m off to enjoy the day/weekend with my family who I haven’t seen in over a year !!
I’m pretty excited – I’ll be back Monday with Updates!
In the meantime I have some pretty amazing guest posts for you !
Hi! Itz Linz here and I like to talk about how I live an active, healthy lifestyle, so I thought I’d share some tips with you today.
1. Join a gym! While it is possible to get a workout at home, outside, or without any equipment, I feel like there are SO many benefits to joining a gym. First of all, there is no way to vary your workout as much as you can in the gym. Just thee mere amount of equipment that is available (no matter how big or how small the gym is) can be beneficial to moving. Switching up your workouts help ward off boredom, but more importantly it keeps your body guessing which is what produces the results you want!
Also, joining a gym can be a social event, if you want it to be. Obviously, chit chatting instead of working out is not what I’m talking about. However, I have met several new friends through my gym and have even participated in some events that my gym hosted. If you’re new in town, or just looking for a new friend (or maybe a new boo?), the gym is a good place to look!
Sweating and smiling after a Bodypump class that Annette taught!
The last major benefit I see to joining a gym is the community and environment that exists. Most likely, if you develop a schedule and go to the gym at the same time most days, you will start seeing some of the same people. This goes along with the social aspect I was talking about, but it makes you feel more welcome – even a quick head nod or a wave can bring a smile to my face when I’m at the gym. Taking group classes is always my go-to if I’m feeling less than motivated to work. There is an energy that can be felt by all when music is blasting and everyone around is working hard.
2. Eat healthy. Duh. Seriously though, eating healthy can and does taste good! It doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive either. I’m not a fancy cook – I know the basics and can follow a recipe. Occasionally, I’ll experiment here or there, but mostly I just throw stuff together and it usually comes out surprisingly good. Case in point: Rainbow Salad.
The more colorful your meal is, the better it [most likely] is for you. Also, your fridge should always be stocked – not your pantry. Visit your local Farmer’s Market and buy tons of produce for cheap! That’s my favorite thing to do on the weekends. I prep my food on Sundays and it makes life waaay easier throughout the week. I wash and chop my veggies and usually make a batch of beans. This way, lunches come together quickly and snacks are readily available.
3. MOVE! We’ve all heard the "take the stairs instead of the elevator" spiel, and that’s great, but do more and do it often. One of my favorite ways to move is to lace up my sneakers, call a gal pal, and blab my mouth off. Walkin’ & talkin’. Last time I did, I ended up walking for an hour and covered almost three and a half miles! And that was after my gym workout!
Another simple way to move more is to make a date with a friend. All too often, social events are scheduled around food. Instead of making lunch or dinner plans, make a date to meet at a local park and walk or run. I love enlisting friends to help hold me accountable for moving. Many times I’ll make dates with friends at the gym. Itz one thing to bail on yourself, but a friend? No way, she’ll be expecting you!
Or just move in your own backyard. Whatever works for you! (Sometimes I go into my backyard and do handstands and make my husband try and capture them on the camera. #nerd)
Whatever you do, make sure you are enjoying life. I think that’s the most important thing. Of course, we can all strive to live the healthiest, most active lifestyle, but don’t go too crazy. If I miss a day at the gym, oh well. I get right back to it the next week. And you better believe I love my ice cream and fro yo. I enjoy treats in moderation and don’t deprive myself (because then I end up eating waaaay more). Love your life and it will love you back.
I want to thank you again Linz for the guest post! If you haven’t checked out her blog yet I suggest doing it! It’s an amazing blog <3
Have a great weekend guys !
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