Fitness tip #406: Ultimately, YOU are the only one that decides your own personal fitness journey!

Fitness tip #406: Ultimately, YOU are the only one that decides your own personal fitness journey!

Dashing into a group exercise class at the last minute not only keeps you in set-up mode while others are already jumping into movement. Your body may also be ill prepared for the workout to come. To avoid injury and make sure your joints are ready to go, try a five minute jog or elliptical session before going gung-ho in a fitness class.

Give yourself 15 minutes before an exercise class for a short warm up and time to set up without rushing.

sistaaaaaasoul said: Whats a good warm-up to do before working out?

Brisk walking, jogging, easy cycling, any limbering movements, practicing any moves that you’re going to do during the workout at a lower intensity, jumping jacks at low impact…. really anything that gets you to start breaking a sweat and warm up your muscles! Running, combined with some squats and lunges, is probably my go-to method for warming up. 

Fitness tip #405: Try to warmup for 8-12 min before starting your workout

Fitness tip #405: Try to warmup for 8-12 min before starting your workout

Fitness tip #404

Fitness tip #404

Love this message :)

Love this message :)

Anonymous said: my boyfriend and I have this bet going on for me to lose 10 pounds in two weeks, do you think it's possible if I go to the gym 6 times a week and eat completely clean?

NO do not try to lose 10 pounds in two weeks, that’s horribly unhealthy and you could get sick or worse. 1-2 pounds lost in a week is much, much healthier. Please check out tip #401. :)

Anonymous said: I'm 15, female, average weight, and I'm doing pretty intense swim workout at the moment (practice 2 times a day and stuff). I've lost some weight and I'm really motivated to keep working at the moment, I'd especially like to do some ab workout. What would you recommend? Do you think running additionally would make sense or not? Also, I want to join soccer after swim season, but I do want to kind of maintain my swim muscles... Great blog by the way!!!

Hi, you’re really ambitious to want to do some running on top of 2x a day swim practices! When I swam 2x a day regularly, I was too tired usually to do anything else. Personally, I would just focus on getting good practices in and not try to burn out with too much exercise. As for abs, I would try ot make a routine that you can stick to and do everytime for 10-15 min right after practice. The best ab exercises are: crunches, reverse crunches, hip lifts, planks, side planks, Russian twists,  bicycles, supermans, and bridges. Since you’re a swimmer, flutter kicks are good too (where you lay on your back and kick your legs as if you were kicking backstroke, but engage your core and don’t arch your back). Try to do 3 sets of an exercise using your frontal abs, or rectus abdominus (like crunches), 3 sets of an exercise using your external obliques (Russian twists), and 3 sets of an exercise using your back, or erector spinae (supermans). That should keep you busy, and make sure to switch up the exercises! 

To keep your swim muscles when you’re doing soccer, you’d have to do one of two things: keep swimming, or lift weights. You’ll get in enough of a workout when running, so you wouldn’t have to do lower body resistance exercises. The lat pulldown, bent over row, shoulder press, inverted row, and pushups should be good resistance exercises for to do during soccer season to keep those muscles. 

Hope this helps!

Fitness tip #403

Fitness tip #403

Fitness tip #402: Build upon small steps to reach your goals!

Fitness tip #402: Build upon small steps to reach your goals!

Fitness tip #401

Fitness tip #401

Reaching big milestones!

I honestly can’t believe that it’s been 400 tips since I started this blog. Thanks for the support, yall are awesome! If you have any preferences on what kind of tips you would like to see, don’t be afraid to ask. After 400, I feel like I’ve done pretty much everything, but I know there’s still lots more to do, so any inspiration is welcome!

-Alex

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YES! If you haven’t tried these, you definitely need to, it makes a great dessert :)

Fitness tip #400: I find that this always helps me to relax!

Fitness tip #400: I find that this always helps me to relax!

Fitness tip #399

Fitness tip #399