HOW I GET WORKOUT MOTIVATION + MY CURRENT FAVORITE EXERCISE

Cutest workout gear + the best ways to get motivated to workout.MAROON SPORTS BRA (wearing a small) | WHITE TANK TOP (wearing a small) | NAVY LEGGINGS (wearing an x-small) | ZIP-UP HOODIE (Currently on sale! wearing a small, lightweight, comfy, and comes in 6 colors!) | MAROON NIKE RUNNING SHOES (I’m in love with these!) | GOLD INITIAL NECKLACE | SUNGLASSES | WATER BOTTLE 

 

One of my most requested posts is for my workout routines and what I eat on a daily basis. I’ve gone back and forth over whether or not I should start sharing because I’m by no means a workout pro! But I decided to start writing a little more about some of the workouts I do at the gym, and a few health tips I have found that work for me to help any of you busy mommas out there! Most of what I do is pretty basic, and I just try to cram as much as I can in the short amount of time I have to exercise.

Cutest workout gear + the best ways to get motivated to workout.

Cutest workout gear + the best ways to get motivated to workout.

One thing I have done differently since I started really working out this time, is using weights. In the past I mostly stuck to running and pilates (which I love), but I have really really seen faster results with basic weight training exercises. Squats are my go-to exercise because they tone my legs faster than any other workout, and they work my abs and arms at the same time. My favorite workout to do to tone my inner thighs is this squat below. I started doing them with a 15 lb weight, and now I do them with a 20-25 lb weight. I do a few different kinds of squats, but I always do 2-3 sets of 30 of this particular squat…

My favorite inner thigh squat workout.This squat is great for toning the inner thigh. Make sure you push your butt out as far as you can when you go down, keep your toes pointed out, and don’t let your knees go further out than your toes. 

Cutest workout gear + the best ways to get motivated to workout.

Cutest workout gear + the best ways to get motivated to workout.

Cutest workout gear + the best ways to get motivated to workout.

Cutest workout gear + the best ways to get motivated to workout.

Cutest workout gear + the best ways to get motivated to workout.

Cutest workout gear + the best ways to get motivated to workout.MAROON SPORTS BRA (wearing a small) | WHITE TANK TOP (wearing a small) | NAVY LEGGINGS (wearing an x-small) | ZIP-UP HOODIE (Currently on sale! wearing a small, lightweight, comfy, and comes in 6 colors!) | MAROON NIKE RUNNING SHOES (I’m in love with these!) | GOLD INITIAL NECKLACE | SUNGLASSES | WATER BOTTLE 

 

I’ve always loved to workout. After I had Bradley I trained for and ran two half marathons, and I joke that I felt the very happiest during the time I was training. Happy endorphins are a real thing you guys! Since then I have been kind of in and out of hard core exercising. I definitely go through periods where I feel too stressed, busy, and tired to get out and exercise, but I’ve learned the hard way that those times are when I need to workout the most! I started changing up what I ate when I was pregnant with Eli and cut out a ton of sugar from my diet, and I worked out here and there after he was born. But about six months ago I found myself feeling stressed and overwhelmed with work and just everyday life. I went for weeks without exercise, and I was so down and so negative about myself and all that I had to do. I hated feeling that way, and I knew that physical exercise would help change that. So I started working out wherever I could (backyard, gym, park, etc), and pushed myself to do as much activity as I could in 40-60 minutes. It made such a difference in my attitude and drive! It is so therapeutic for me to take time to focus on working my body and really taking time to tune in to my thoughts. I get some of my best ideas and inspiration during workouts, and I feel so much more accomplished that day. Knowing how good I will feel after a workout is one of the main things that motivates me to get out there and start.

Another huge motivation for me is cute workout gear. I’ve had the same 4-5 tops that I just rotate through for the past year. When I decided to really commit myself, I grabbed some new workout clothes from Nordstrom and they really make me want to workout! I found this Nike sports bra that offers great support and is really comfortable to wear. So many sports bras are too thin and not supportive, so I would highly recommend this one. I am completely obsessed with these Under Armor leggings. I love them so much that I bought them in black too. They are a little thicker, so they hold everything in place, and they’re super flattering. They aren’t see through, so I feel really confident in them! I have a few other leggings that are comfy, but these ones are my favorite right now. This top is lightweight and great quality. I’m wearing a small and I love that it is a little oversized.

Again, I want to emphasize that I am no expert! I’m just showing you what I love to do and what helped strengthen my body. I will be posting more regular health/fitness posts since so many of you have requested it! I love to share products and things that I love, but I also want to make sure I really practice what I preach. I have been posting a bit of these workouts on my Instastory, and I’m excited to start bringing them to life here on Elle Apparel. If there are any specific diet/workout questions you would like me to focus on in these next couple months just let me know in the comments!

 

 

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6 Comments

  1. Loved loved loved this post! I love squats and I’m excited to try that version. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Great post! I am curious about how you cut out sugar. Do you do no sugar? Do you just limit yourself? etc. I know when I cut out sugar I see great results.

  3. Great post! I also find I’m a much happier person when I work out regularly. Sometimes when motivation is lacking I will tell myself 10 min and you can stop, and 99.99% of the time, once I am 10 min in, I am totally committed to the full workout.

  4. I’ll definitely be adding more of these squats into my routine! Can’t wait for more of these posts and inspiration!!

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  5. Great post!! How does your diet looks like? Are you avoiding carbs?And I would love to see more Workouts you do 🙂 thank you …you are such an inspiration!!!

    • Thank you so much! I try to avoid carbs as much as I can, I usually stick to whole grain and brown rice when I do eat it. And I have more workout posts coming in the next few months!