A few weeks ago I shared a new Stylized Life Series featuring my good friend and fellow blogger, Aisha Zaza. I had mentioned that you’d get to see a bit more of her over here on Modish & Main as a guest contributor and I’m so excited that her first post is something I know we can all relate to! I have my fair share of ups & down with my fitness routine and a few weeks of hanging around Aisha this summer really helped give me the motivation for my post summer detox.
Without further ado, I’m handing over the reigns to Aisha!
Hey M&M readers! If we didn’t get a chance to meet last time, I’m Aisha. I’m honored Kristin asked me to start a Five Tips series with her because if there’s anyone I love getting style/business/life advice from it’s Kristin. For my first installment, I want to share with you 5 fitness tips that I’ve adopted into my routine that have helped me remain motivated, feel my best and get me the results I want.
1. Mind Your Mind : This is something I became acutely aware of in my CrossFit days. Breaking through the mental barrier is always harder than the physical one (really in any facet of life.) I don’t do CrossFit anymore but I’ve applied this to all forms of fitness. I have to say that as active as I’ve been most of my life, I have never really considered myself a strong runner. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve still forced myself to run but it is usually very broken up and doesn’t quite feel like I’m in the runner’s “zone” as they call it. What I’ve trained myself to do mostly over the last year is to really pay attention to my self talk and thoughts, because almost 100 percent of the time I want to stop mentally much sooner than I know my body wants to stop. Your mind is a muscle – it needs to be exercised and trained just the way our bodies and muscles do.
Whenever I feel myself wanting to stop sooner than I planned, I immediately start thinking about something that would excite me at the finish line. Motivation is key here. It doesn’t not even necessarily need to be a physical object or person, but I’ll imagine the results I want or how I’ll feel when I’m in the shape I’m working towards. It gets me excited and motivates me to keep going. I’ve been able to get into that auto pilot that runners talk about, where my mind will now just wander and I forget that I’m running. Nothing good comes easy, just remember that. If it were easy then everyone would look and feel how they want to look and feel! It’s worth breaking through the mental barrier.
2. Drink Lots of Water : … and I mean a lot! When you think you’re hydrated, drink more. When I’m really on top of it I drink a gallon of water a day. I can’t tell you how good I feel when I’m actually getting a proper amount of water. I no longer guesstimate how much I’m drinking, I make sure to drink four full S’well bottles, which comes out to 100 oz. This helps me manage drinking water by breaking it up into quadrants of my day. Not only does this help my workout tremendously, but my skin will look it’s best, I feel better all around, I sleep better, I stay full longer. The list goes on.
3. Wear Clothes That Make You Feel Good : I don’t believe that only the frumpiest of clothes are reserved for working out. Find styles that look good on you and make you feel motivated to work out. There’s nothing like catching a glimpse of yourself in the mirror at the gym looking like you’re in an outfit only a mother could love. You may have caught my last interview with Kristin where I mentioned I feel like I have a slight edge in my productivity when I feel I look the part (referring to my work day), the same goes for fitness.
4. Have Good Music Ready : If you’re a music listener that is. I love zoning out to my music so having great playlists and stations ready to go is a must. I rotate between Pandora and Spotify and am always looking for new music that gets the juices flowing. This also helps with step one. Having good music and getting in the zone go very much hand in hand for me.
5. Post-Recovery Drink : I worked out for years without using a post workout drink. Whhhyyyyyyyy? Branch-chain amino acids help alleviate muscle soreness to support recovery and unfortunately there’s not a food that will supplement this type of active recovery. I can tell a distinct difference in the way I feel the day after (and a lot of times the day of) a long or intense workout. I’m much more ready to work out again and am not nearly as sore, if at all, as I would be without it. I love this after workout drink.
Thanks for letting me hang out today & if you have any questions just leave them in the comment section below!