Holiday Gift Guide: Fitness Lover Edition

Happy Tuesday! I hope that your week has been going smoothly so far. The cold weather is slowly starting to make its appearance around here, and it's making me excited for the holidays! I mean, Thanksgiving is next Thursday. How did that even happen?! I'm going to be stopping by tomorrow to share with you what sides and desserts I'll be making for Thanksgiving. Make sure to come on by if you're looking for some recipes!

With Thanksgiving being next week, Christmas is going to be here before we know it! So, since time is flying right on by I figured I would share my first gift guide of the holiday season. All of the gifts in this guide are perfect for any fitness lovers in your life. I wouldn't mind if some of them showed up under the tree for me! :)

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Going left to right, starting at the top:

1. Zella 'Midnight' High Waist Cutout Midi Leggings:

Zella leggings are by far my favorite leggings. Don't you hate leggings that continually fall down while you're running or just exercising in general? Yeah, me too, and Zella leggings don't do that. I love the fun cutouts on this pair! Perfect for your friend that has an edgier style. 

2. Zella Live In Slim Fit Leggings:

These gems are on sale right now for only $37, which is a STEAL for Zella leggings. I love the design on these! I think these are the "safe" choice - any gal would love to score these at Christmas!

3. Zella 'Hatha' High Waist Crop Leggings:

This was kind of my wild card pick, but I think that this design is so cute! The mesh cutouts seem to be a big trend right now, and I love how the black and white design compliments them. These are the perfect choice for your girlfriend who likes to make a statement at the gym!

4. Zella Melange Knit Pants:

These are the PERFECT pair of pants to wear to the gym, but also to lounge around in! They're so cozy, but still stylish enough that you don't feel like a bum running errands in them ;P I think any girl would love to find these under the tree!

5. The North Face Women's Thermal Ear Gear:

Is your friend, aunt, sister, or mom a runner? If they continue to run outside in the winter months, they'll love you for this gift! The North Face Women's Thermal Ear Gear will keep their ears nice and toasty on their long runs. Great stocking stuffer, too!

6. Shop Aviate Hat:

This hat has shown up on the blog before, and I think it would make a great gift! BNA is the airport code for Nashville's airport, and Shop Aviate has all different cities airport codes. Right now, PHL is unfortunately out of stock, but I emailed the company and they said it should be back in stock by the end of the week. Head on over to see if they have your favorite city! If you know someone that loves hats, this is a great choice for them. Everyone needs a hat for that post-workout sweaty hair, right?!

7. Nike Sneakers:

I mean, you can't go wrong with gifting a pair of these beautiful babes! Any fitness junkie out there loves their sneakers, and Nike has been coming out with some pretty cute pairs. I love the gray and black simplistic design of these. I think they'd look cute with just about any color leggings! 

8. I Do It For The Pizza Tank:

What girl doesn't love pizza? I've been loving the workout tanks that have been popping up with cute sayings like this one. The Etsy store that sells this tank also has a bunch of other sayings, including one that says "I Do It For The Tacos". I mean, can I just have them all?

9. Zella Pullover:

I don't know about you, but I'm always looking for sweatshirts that I can throw on with a pair of yoga pants or leggings that won't make me look like a total bum, and this pullover takes the cake! I absolutely love the cobalt blue color I've put on the gift guide, but if you're not into bright colors they have neutral color choices too. 

10. Zella Long Sleeve:

Another cute option for those people who like to go right from the gym to run some errands. Cozy and cute!

11. Swell Water Bottle:

Swell water bottles are pretty much thebomb.com. They'll keep your water cold for up to 24 hours, and your coffee or tea hot up to 12 hours. Pretty cool right? Oh, and a portion of the sale of each bottle goes to UNICEF to help provide clean drinking water to children around the world. So, you can feel good about buying one of these gems! 

12. Ponytail Holders:

If you're a fitness lover, you need a serious ponytail holder to keep your hair in place during all of those burpees, jump squats, and running! These hair ties have a 5-star rating with 100 reviews. Not too shabby, right? They come in a bunch of different colors and are perfect as a stocking stuffer!

13. Apple Sport Watch:

This is the perfect gift for your friend that really likes to track her steps, calories burned, hours spent standing, etc. I have the apple sport watch and absolutely love the health app on it, and all of the other cool features the watch has to offer! This is definitely a pricier gift, but one that would be well-appreciated.

14. Gym Bag:

Okay, so technically this bag is considered a weekender bag. BUT I think it's the perfect size for your friend who runs to the gym right after or before work. Think of the friend who goes to the gym before work - they have to pack their work outfit, shoes, hair dryer, make-up, and whatever else they may need. I'm sure they would love a cute gym bag to tote all of that stuff around in! 

15. Gloves:

Last but not least, you can't go wrong with a pair of tech friendly gloves for your friend that still runs outside in the winter. Another cute option for a stocking stuffer, or you could get these and the ear warmer headband - what a perfect gift for that outside runner!

Alright, friends! I hope that you guys enjoyed the first gift guide of the holiday season. Hopefully you were able to grab a few gift ideas for your friends and family. 

Happy Shopping! 

 

 

Happy Halloween & A Spooky Workout

Hey there, friends! Happy Halloween! I hope that you all had a fun and relaxing weekend.

Did I tell you guys how excited I am to hand out candy tonight? I'm totally nerding out over this. I haven't been home the past few years to hand out candy so I'm pumped to see the little kids in their costumes! Woohoooo! Does this make me seem old? #grandmastatus

Anyways, I'm stopping by with a short post today to share a Halloween themed workout. This workout will only take you about 20 minutes, but you'll definitely work up a sweat. I know we're all probably going to be consuming a little too much candy today, so if you can, try to fit in this short and sweaty workout!

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If you do try it out, let me know! I know you guys will definitely be saying "Yay!" when you get to the burpees ;P

Happy Halloween! Make sure to treat yourself to your favorite candy (you deserve it!!), but get your workout in too!

10 Ways To Sneak Exercise Into Your Day

Hey there, friends! I hope your week is going well so far. We've made it to Wednesday which means we're not too far from the weekend now! I'm writing this blog post before we take Lola to the eye doctor for some pre-op tests - basically to see if she is a candidate for cataract surgery (to get her vision back) and how complicated the surgery could be. Fingers crossed!

I'm stopping by today to give you all my top ten tips that I try to use to sneak in some exercise daily. As we get further into Fall, all of us are getting busier and busier, which means sometimes we push our workouts to the back-burner. We're also starting to pull out our jeans and chunky sweaters - clothes that are easy to hide a few pounds behind. Don't fall into this Fall/Winter trap! Stay active. With these tips you can sneak in a few exercises throughout your day that won't take up any extra time. Every bit of exercise counts, no matter how small. Let's get right into it!

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1. 10/10/10 

As soon as you get out of the bed in the morning, or while you're waiting for your coffee to brew sneak in the 10/10/10. 10 squats, 10 push-ups, 10 jumping jacks. This will take you next to no time at all. It'll get your heart rate up, your metabolism jump-started, and might even wake you up better than that cup of coffee. 

2. Park FAR away.

I know guys, it's getting cold out, and it's chilly in the mornings. You can do it though, I believe in you! Choose a parking spot at your office that's far away from the entrance. Get in some extra steps first thing in the morning. This also goes for when you're running errands. Don't fight over that close parking spot with someone else. Choose the parking spot that is far away from the entrance. It's always open :)

3. Walk and talk.

Have a meeting with a co-worker or a phone call you don't necessarily need to be at your desk for? Walk and talk! Ask your co-worker if he or she would mind walking while you discuss whatever is on the agenda for that day. If it's a phone meeting, they'll never even know you aren't at your desk. We want every extra step we can get, friends! Every step counts. 

4. Set an alarm.

Set an alarm for every two hours. Once that alarm goes off, you're up and out of your office chair. Take a lap or two around your department, or go up and down one or two flights of stairs. 

5. Keep dumbbells handy.

Keep some dumbbells by your TV. You know when you're sitting and watching your favorite shows at night? During the way too long commercial breaks grab your dumbbells and do some exercises. Do 10 bicep curls, 10 overhead presses, 10 calf raises, and 10 squats. Feel free to pick whatever four exercises you want! Repeat for three commercials. 

6. Take the stairs.

Do you usually use the elevator at school or work? Time to change it up! Start taking the stairs each day. Walking up and down the stairs is a great workout for your legs and glutes!

7. Stop the emailing

I feel like it's gotten so easy for us to email our co-workers instead of getting up and walking to their desk or office. Don't fall into this habit. If you need to talk to your co-worker about something get up and walk to their desk to discuss it. 

8. Walk the dog.

It gets easy to become lazy with walking the dog once the cold weather starts to hit. Believe me, I know and I'm completely guilty of this. Make it a priority to walk your dog at least three times per week. Schedule it into your planner/phone as an appointment that you can't miss. 

9. Skip happy hour.

Instead of always going out to happy hour with your co-workers and friends, suggest that you do something active one time per month. Go for a walk at a local park or try out a new exercise class together!

10. Stretch before bed.

Take 5-10 minutes before you go to sleep to stretch out your muscles. Stretching is just as important as active exercising, and it also is a relaxing habit for bedtime. 

Alright, friends, those are my ten tips to sneak exercise into your day! These suggestions won't eat up time - they easily fit into your routine, I promise. Pick 3 or 4 of the ideas and try them out. If you don't like one or two of them, come back to the list and pick out a few more to try. Even though these activities may seem very small, every bit of exercise counts! 

Let me know if you try out any of these suggestions, I'd love to hear from you! 

Happy exercising!

4 Tips to Crush Your Work Week

Hey, hey, friends! I hope you had a fun and relaxing weekend. Mine was nice and relaxing, with an afternoon full of looking at rehearsal dinner venues on Saturday. My sister fell in love with one of them, and we're hoping to hear back that the date we want is free (fingers crossed)! During our Saturday afternoon trip we stopped to share a cheese board, mushroom soup, and got some delicious drinks. The cheese board was so, so yummy! The pickled red onions were my favorite. 

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I got an apple pie chai to sip on, and oh my GOODNESS it was absolutely delicious. 

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I'm hoping to recreate the apple pie chai at home, so I'll definitely share once I do! Anyways, I wanted to drop into today to share my top tips to crush your work week. I find that when I actually do these four things, my weeks go a whole lot smoother and I feel so much better when Friday rolls around. I know that some of these tips seem pretty obvious, but I find myself still not doing a few of them, so I figure I can't be alone! So, I thought I'd give myself a refresher, and I hope that one of you will find this post valuable too.

1. Stick to a Bed Time. 

Yes, I know, sounds like this tip should be for a 5 year old, but guess what? We can all benefit from setting a bed time for ourselves and actually sticking to it. I don't know about you guys, but when I decide to stay up for just one more episode of a show, instead of going to sleep at my regular time, I totally pay for it the next day. I'm less productive during the day and I'm also more likely to grab for unhealthy foods and skip my workout. Anyone else with me on this one? If you find yourself sleepwalking through your day and unable to make it to your workout, try setting a bed time! And when I say bed time, I don't mean scrolling-through-your-phone-time. Put that bad boy on the other side of the room!

2. Use a Planner.

I've always loved, loved, loved planners. I love putting pen to paper, so I'm totally a planner girl, but, if you're not into planners you can use your phone calendar the same way. I think sitting down on Sunday and looking at your planner (or phone calendar) for the week ahead helps to make you feel more prepared and less frazzled going through the week. Also, it makes sure that you're not going to overbook yourself or miss any important dates. Again, it may sound silly and obvious, but I think being organized is key to staying sane during the week, and planners= organization.

3. Make Daily To-Do Lists.

This tip kind of goes along with using a planner, but honestly, to-do lists are my best friend. Once you're at your desk each morning, grab a piece of paper and a pen and write down everything you want or need to accomplish that day. I like to write out to-do lists each day to prioritize what I need to get done - like blog posts, recipes to make, jobs to apply for, etc. To-do lists honestly ran my life during grad school, and I'm not sure I would have stayed sane without them haha. There's just something really satisfying about crossing things off once you've completed them. Give it a try this week!

4. Exercise.

Last but not least: exercise. Stick to your exercise schedule! Don't let yourself make excuse after excuse during the week to not hit the gym. I've been there, done that, and when Friday hits I'm feeling not so great. And to be honest, exercising will make you so much more productive and will actually increase your energy during the week. Believe me, no one ever regrets a workout, right? Use that planner of yours and schedule your workouts for the week, right now! Act as if your workout is an actual appointment that you can't miss, and you'll be much more likely to follow through with your gym trip. 

Alright, friends, thanks for stopping by the blog today, and I hope that these tips will help you throughout the week! Happy Monday :)

"SLAP" It Good - Workout Wednesday

Hello, hello lovely people and happy hump day! I hope that your week has been great so far, and that you're soaking in the last bit of summer. 

Sometimes towards the middle of the week we start to feel tired and that episode of The Real Housewives of NYC starts looking a whole lot better than working out! Can you relate? I think that those are the days that we need to push ourselves to workout the most. Don't get me wrong, rest days are super important, and if your body is telling you it needs a day of rest with no exercise, that's what you should do! But, let's be honest here, friends, most of the time we're all extremely capable of getting a workout in. So, save that episode of the Real Housewives (or watch it while working out), lace up your sneakers, and get ready to sweat!

Workout Wednesday: SLAP

So, you're probably wondering what the heck SLAP stands for, right? Let me break it down for ya... 

S = Squat | L = Legs | A = Abs | P = Pushup

The way the workout for today is going to work is: you're going to have 1 SLAP and then a series of cardio exercises, another SLAP, a series of cardio exercises, and so on. For the SLAP exercises, I want you to complete 1 minute of each. Remember, the important thing is to listen to your body, if you need to stop for a rest, take one! For the cardio intervals, you'll do each exercise for 30 seconds, take a ten second rest, and then move onto the next move. Once you're done, you'll move onto the next SLAP, then the next cardio. This workout is a TOTAL BODY workout, meaning it's going to target all muscle groups! Get ready to get sweatttty!

Total Body Workout

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This workout should take you about 30 minutes, give or take how many rests you take. If you want more of a challenge, feel free to add weights to the strength exercises like the squats, lunges, and ab exercises. You guys are going to CRUSH this workout! So, go ahead and lace up those sneakers, get off of the couch, and get movin'!

I would love to hear how this workout goes for you! Let me know in the comments, and make sure to click the "like" button if you liked this post, and then click the "share" button if you're totally loving it so your friends can get their sweat on too ;P

Catch ya next time!

Jenna

Not sure what the exercises above look like? I've linked you to some pictures to show you how to complete the exercises:

Disclaimer: Remember, I am not a certified personal trainer, but I did teach various fitness classes at University of Delaware during graduate school and love to share the workouts my students and I completed. Please check with a medical provider before attempting these exercises.