5 Fitness Essentials

If you know me (or have read my posts), you know I enjoy fitness and am passionate about health and wellness. You can read a little more about my background here: About Me. As I was finishing up a workout the other day, I began thinking about my fitness essentials or “must have” items. Here are my current top five! I would love to know what yours are!

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1.Sneakers

I think it is so important to invest in good quality shoes that meet your specific workout needs. For example, if you are a runner purchase a pair specifically made for that. If you cycle multiple times a week, consider purchasing shoes to bring with you to class. I tend to enjoy anything extremely light weight. I think good shoes are always worth the investment!

Current favorite: Adidas Cloudfoam

2. Heart Rate Monitor

There is something powerful in tracking your movement and being aware of your activity. It not only provides insight to your workouts, but can also keep you on track with your goals and motivate you to push a little harder. I use my Apple Watch, but there are different options out there!

Current favorite: Apple Watch

3. Water Bottle

I am a huge water drinker and like to have something I can refill throughout the day. We are currently using Super Sparrow bottles and have really enjoyed them so far! My husband has the regular stainless steel while I have the sport version. We love that they can fit in our car cup holders, unlike our last ones,  and you can throw them in the dishwasher. The stainless steel ones also come with sleeves which are nice as well as straw/lid options.

Current favorite: Sport  & Standard

4. At Home/Travel Equipment

I typically work out at home during our sons nap, so I like having different options with what equipment I use. I also like to travel with a few options, just so I have more of a choice and can throw different elements into my workouts. I enjoy having dumbbells, resistance bands, jump rope, sliders, and a mat on hand, however there are so many different things out there you can purchase to keep at home! We have a weight rack in our garage to keep everything organized as well as a drawer in our closet with the other equipment.

Current favorites: Weight Rack, Jump RopeSliders, Resistance BandsMat (dumbbells can be any weight needed/wanted)

5. Streaming Service

I love being able to stream workouts at home or when I travel. It makes it so easy and convenient where I can’t make excuses for myself. There are SO many options out there that are subscription based, or free programs/workouts on YouTube!

What are some of your must haves?

Blessings,

Jac

 

 

5 Ways To Turn Around A Bad Day

You know those days that are just HARD? The days where nothing seems to go right and it’s one thing after the next. I have definitely had my fair share and am recognizing how to quickly turn it around so it is not dragging longer than it needs to. Today I wanted to share easy ways to shift your perspective with those days that just aren’t cooperating with you. I would love to know anything you do to turn hard days around!

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1.Acknowledge & Alter 

I think it is so important to acknowledge what you are feeling so you aren’t dismissing anything you are experiencing or that has gone “wrong”. Vent or let it out and then decide how you are going to take charge of the remainder of the day. Our minds are SO powerful in creating energy and experiences around us, it truly is amazing. Remember that you may not be in control of the things and circumstances around you, but you ARE in charge of your reactions and responses. A bad day can take a turn….if you allow it!

2. Fresh Air & Sunshine

There truly is something to being outside and taking in nature. There are different ways you can “ground” yourself simply by making contact with Earth (barefoot). Some say that grounding can reduce stress as well as promote additional health benefits. There are different techniques and resources you can look into if you are interested in implementing it in addition to soaking in some vitamin D!

3. Gratitude Check List

When I am having a bad day or throwing myself a pity party I can usually snap out of it by simply running through a mental gratitude check list. I will think about ALL the wonderful things I am blessed with just to keep perspective and remind myself how fortunate I am. It helps me keep the bigger picture in mind and gives me a needed reality check.

4.Laugh

Finding ways to laugh through something can turn a bad day around. Laughing also releases endorphins which can make you feel better and is just good for the soul.

5.Connections

Having strong relationships and connections can be so helpful when you are going through something hard. Being able to talk to people who support and uplift you can help you gain insight and reflect on your circumstances. Reach out to loved ones who listen and fill you up!

Blessings,

Jac

 

 

PM Routine

I recently shared the importance of systems and routines in my post 10 Things That Help Me “Adult”. I also shared a glimpse of our morning routine that you can catch here: Morning Routine. Today I wanted to share what my PM routine looks like. I personally like having small routines/rituals that I can look forward to each day to “book end” everything in between. Morning and evening routines do not have to be anything complex! They can be simple things to look forward to that give you the space to make yourself a priority.

I would love to know anything that is part of your PM routine or if you are wanting to start one!

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Family Dinner

We are big on having dinner at the table with no distractions. It is such a valuable time to be together as a family and connect over a nice meal.

Next Day Prep

I have shared how I like to “prep” anything for the next day, so I am not scrambling in the morning to get things done. You can check out more here: Putting The House To Bed

Toddler Bed Time Routine 

We are very structured with our son’s bedtime not only for him, but also for us! His routine includes bath, brushing teeth, book, affirmations, prayer, and songs. He has also learned that when his clock turns read that means he is in his bed for the night. It is so nice having that consistency of adult time/alone time!

Shower/Skin Care

There is nothing better than a hot shower at the end of the day and having the time to do some self care. Skin care may not be anything fancy, but it is something I definitely look forward to each night along with anything else I am wanting to do (ex: wash/dry hair, nails, etc..)

Hubby Time 

My husband and I typically have a show we are watching together and will watch an episode or two. If not we will do something else like a puzzle or movie!

Read 

I try to read 1-2 chapters before bed to calm my mind and prepare for sleep.

 

What are some things you currently do or are trying to implement?

Blessings,

Jac