Can you guys believe it’s December next week? The year has totally flown by! If you’ve been following along this year, you’ll know that 2017 has been an eventful and inspiring year for me. However, my personal fitness routine took a hit as a result. Between the stresses of a full-time career in technology plus major strides forward here on the blog, it was tough. It wasn’t until I experienced my first panic attack that it became clear things needed to change.
This week, I am getting personal when it comes to stress and the importance of a regular workout routine. Why? It’s because I’m sure many of you fellow strong-willed men and women out there feel the same: stressed, but too tough to admit it. As a trainer myself, I feel you, truly. If you’re currently working crazy hours and/or balancing a family, and have jumped off your self-care wagon as a result, that’s okay. Admitting you are struggling is the first important step of this journey. I found myself working nearly 18 hours 5 days a week, and no time left to work out. On weekends, I found myself glued to my bed sleeping non-stop. It was upsetting.
When I did find time to workout, it was often after most boutique studios had closed, making it difficult to use my memberships. I wasn’t in the right headspace to power through a solo workout on my own given my stress levels, and I felt completely helpless. Cue MoveWith: a fitness app geared to get you moving regardless of your location, time, or equipment at hand. It bitch slapped my excuses, hard. I’ve been climbing out of my sedentary abyss since September, and I can confidently say my groove is back, and new goals are on the horizon as a result.
Whether you’re an indoor gym rat or a trail runner who loves the great outdoors, it works. Have you ever wished you could have an audio recording of your favorite gym classes or a guided run along the harbor? Yup. Me too. The introvert in me also jumps for joy: I get to fully relax my mind without any external distractions, making the experience even more calming and effective for me. I even get to take classes from some of my favorite trainers ACROSS the country: to include my favorite local run coach Alex Ho, and trainers Lindsey Clayton and Amber Rees of Brave Body Project, to name a few.
I now force myself to set aside at least three to four times during the week to workout, and another two to simply move and breathe through guided meditation. It’s my favorite way to drift off to sleep, using one of the quick 15-minute stress relief sessions to calm my mind before bed. It’s now become a staple in my daily routine, and I couldn’t be more thankful.
At this point, you’re probably wondering, “okay, so what’s the price and catch?” Get ready to be relieved: MoveWith is only $7.99 a month, no class limit, ever. What’s even better? They offer a seven-day free trial, no strings attached. How’s that for a return on investment? If this sounds like a solution that may work for you too, check them out in the App Store or directly. It also makes a killer gift for friends or family. Kick your excuses to the curb, try it for seven days, and let me know what you think!
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