This month I have teamed up with Gordmans and the American Heart Association to highlight how I have embraced an active lifestyle! You can join me too! Click Continue Reading to find out how!
*This post is sponsored by Gordmans in honor of their initiative to give back to the American Heart Association. All opinions are my own.*
Lately I have been experimenting with a ton of different types of physical activity for my workouts. I used to play sports when I was younger so getting a work out in wasn’t hard for me. When I went to college, that was another story. I didn’t realize I was going to have to keep up that level of activity to stay healthy. Getting into a normal gym routine was really hard for me. If my friends were going I was fine, but making myself go was rough. It wasn’t fun for me. I wasn’t motivated. Can anyone else relate?
Over the last decade, I sort of had a love hate relationship with the gym. I went through some really unhealthy periods where I wasn’t working out at all or I was working out WAY too much and I couldn’t think about anything else. To be honest, it took a lot of years and a lot of experimenting with what made me happy to develop a better relationship with working out.
Now that I’m in my thirties I feel like I finally have a really good balance mentally and physically for my workouts. I have tried out so many different classes and workouts that I finally found some things I love doing the way I loved playing sports in high school. I’ve tried spin classes, pilates, just about every kind of yoga you can think of (ok, I haven’t tried goat yoga yet…yes, it’s a thing), reformer, high fitness, weight lifting, boxing…etc. Currently I love mixing in lots of different classes every week to get a really good mix. Some days I do interval training on a treadmill and lift and some days I take a restorative yoga class. Sometimes I just workout from home! I think for me, always changing up my routine helps me the most. And to be honest, sometimes I get more out of working out mentally than I do physically.
Now that I’m getting a little bit older, and seeing my body change I realize that being physically active and healthy is so important. It sounds funny, but turning 30 kind of did a number on me. My metabolism changed. My muscles didn’t recover as fast. I had to push a lot harder than when I was 20 to get the results I wanted. Seeing my body change made me even more determined to keep up my physical activity to keep my heart, brain, and body all healthy! It’s way easier to start now, than it is to start once you already have problems! That’s why I wanted to share a little bit of my story to encourage you to be active as well!
Join me and get out there and get active! Share any post on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #GetPumpedForHeartHealth and Gordmans will donate $1 to the American Heart Association for every post made in April!
*All products and clothing purchased at Gordmans*
P.S. Make sure to check out Gordmans as well for tons of great deals on workout clothes and gear! I got all of the clothing items and the equipment shown in this post at my local Gordmans and not one of the items was over $25! Now you have no excuse to not be active! You don’t even have to leave your living room with all of their at home equipment!