No Equipment At Home Workout

With gyms being closed for the foreseeable future, its hard to keep up with workouts at home. Whether its struggling with motivation, not having equipment, or just not knowing what to do, working out is even more of a challenge.

Although most of my exercise comes from running, I try to do body weight strength training a couple of times per week.  What I’ve learned is that you don’t need a ton of equipment or a fancy workout plan in order to build strength and get that heart rate going. Some of the most basic workout moves are all you really need!

Check out this quick at home workout that requires no special equipment. The best part of the workout is that you can repeat the rounds as you get stronger to make it more challenging.

Lets do this!

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Keeping Motivation to Run with Cancelled Races

This has not been the year that any of us has planned. I’m trying to keep the perspective that if the biggest challenge I have this year is cancelled races, I should be thankful. But, I do think its fair to still express sadness and disappointment. Someone will always have it worse off than you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still experience your feelings.

This was a year of big running goals for me. After DNFing my goal half marathon last year due to illness, and having a few rough races after that, I was ready for redemption. Training was going well, and I was hitting really good paces on my long runs. And then the dominoes started to fall. My goal race in May was only cancelled a few weeks ago, but I knew all along it wouldn’t be happening.

My first reaction was to just throw in the towel. Why train hard for a race that isn’t happening. Why even keep up my fitness if there won’t be races all year. Why waste my time.

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16 Healthy Snacks to Always Have on Hand

If you have followed this blog for any amount of time, you know that I love preparing things ahead of time. Another thing you may have learned is that I’m almost always snacking. I’m really active, and try to keep eating throughout the day. I believe this keeps me from overeating at meals or bingeing on unhealthy snacks when I’m starving.

I always have a variety of go-to snacks on hand both at home and throughout the day. I don’t count calories or try to spend too much time thinking about food, so I go for what I am hungry for at any given time. If I just completed a big workout, I’ll combine a few things for extra calories and protein.

Some of these ideas take a little prep—like boiled eggs and the Kodiak protein muffins. But a lot of them can be purchased and are ready to go! Some weeks I even clean and portion out things like berries and veggies, but some weeks I just grab them as I need them. Being okay with being flexible and not perfect in your diet is important!

Keep reading for the healthy snacks I almost always have stocked at home:

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Ultimate Upbeat Workout Playlist

As someone who spends a lot of time running, I also spend a lot of time listening to music while running. A lot of people swear by podcasts or running without music, but I find that it really helps keeps my mood happy and distracts me from thinking about the run.

I have a couple of playlists that I cycle through- some shorter and upbeat for races, some with more variety for long runs. I’m continually adding and removing songs, but I thought I would share some of my favorites for an ultimate upbeat playlist to help you crush your next workout.

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Free Printable Resolution Tracker

It’s the time of year where everyone sets their new years resolutions. I know it can be an eye rolling time where everyone seems to be already bragging about the things that they’re going to do, but it really is an inspiring time to start something new. The key to successful resolutions is to set actionable goals. It’s not all about the end result, but how you plan to get there.

I compare goal setting to training for running marathons. To be able to run 26.2 miles, you have to start somewhere, and that is usually by running single digit distances! You can never achieve the marathon distance without lots of steps along the way. Most goals are really similar– you don’t get in shape by going to the gym once. You get in shape by starting to go once a week, and then twice, and then it becomes your daily habit.

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Healthy Life Changes to Make Now

Not every life change has to be a sweeping new year’s resolution. In fact, the biggest changes you can make to your life are the little things that you do each and every day that add up. If you simply woke up 20 minutes earlier each morning to do yoga, that adds up to over 2 hours of exercise a week! Or if you swap out your daily $5 coffee for coffee made at home, you could save over $1,000 in a year (this stat fully applies to me…).

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