Get Active!

WORK-IT-OUT

In a world where our to-do lists often times have more on them than we can possibly squeeze into the trivial amount of hours that one day holds, finding time to stay active and exercise can be a challenge all it’s own.  Over lunch this week, Blair, our new intern Sarah, and I were talking about what we do to stay in shape and it got me to thinking about all of the different fitness phases I have been through since moving to LA seven years ago.  For the first year I moved out here, I lived on the beach in Marina del Rey and my workout routine consisted of walking the sandy shore and lounging by my apartment pool… tough life, I know!  After that, I moved up to Brentwood and, like every other female living on the westside, got really into yoga.  Then I started a new job with a long commute and even longer hours and honestly did very little in the way of working out for a few years.  Last spring, though, I decided I needed to get back in shape and start some healthier habits.  Here is what has been working for me lately:

1. Cardio:  I know so many people who hate to run on a treadmill, but it really works for me.  I like being able to change my speed in intervals and know exactly how far I have gone and how fast I am running.  Sometimes I don’t feel like running, though, and will spin or cycle.

2. Yoga:  I never really gave up yoga, even once I gave up the westside.  Especially after running during the week, it’s nice to stretch out all of my sore muscles in yoga.  Plus, it really strengthens and tones in a way the gym doesn’t.

3. Hiking: You can’t live in Los Angeles and not hike at least every once in awhile.  You get the best views of the city, all the while burning some serious calories.  Plus, with as many beautiful, sunny days as we get here, it would be a shame to spend them all in a gym or yoga studio!

Now I’m not proud of this, but I do have to admit sometimes a new water bottle or sports bra is all it takes to get me motivated for my next long sweat session.  These are my current favorite active pieces:

My-Workout-Essentials

ONE / TWO / THREE / FOUR / FIVE / SIX / SEVEN / EIGHT / NINE / TEN / ELEVEN / TWELVE / THIRTEEN

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  1. great activewear and some good thoughts for staying fit
    kw ladies in navy

  2. Cute stuff! Hiking and yoga are great. I’ve recently stopped doing endless cardio machines and running for strength training and it’s been awesome. Turns out all that running raises your cortisol stress hormone, which can make you retain fat and weight… plus a number of other problems. This article is fantastic for explaining that: http://chriskresser.com/why-you-may-need-to-exercise-less

    • Jen Pinkston

      06/07/2013

      That is so interesting, Suzannah! Thanks for sending over that article!

  3. Christine

    06/07/2013

    So timely! Am just about ready to start tackling my postpartum belly and new activewear does provide some motivation!! I am a dedicated outdoor runner though….when you run outside you work to propel yourself forward..by pushing off the ground and through any air resistance. You don’t do that on a treadmill…the motion there is more akin to running in place. And after doing my long training runs for my first half marathon on a treadmill and my training outdoor for my second I can tell you it makes a huge difference. I was not prepared for my first even though mileage wise I should have been. That said, the treadmill beats nothing.

    • Jen Pinkston

      06/10/2013

      That is so interesting Christine! I definitely notice that it’s more challenging to run outdoors, but I also don’t get as bored as I sometimes do on the treadmill so it makes it easier. I haven’t run an actual race since high school… I think that is next on my bucket list!

  4. I enjoy treadmill running too, especially when it’s cold/rainy outside. That Neutrogena sunscreen is the best!

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