Welcoming Autumn

Hello everyone!

I feel like I’m welcoming Autumn with an especially warm hug this year. It’s as though I am finally able to breath deep and catch a glimpse of a more relaxed pace. Does anyone else feel this way?

Besides being relaxed, I am so excited for all the fun Autumn activities we are still able to enjoy during these ever changing times.

Things I am looking forward to this Fall are: enjoying everything in Pumpkin Spice Flavour 😋 Staying in watching movies on stormy nights. And more mushroom picking adventures with Alex and our pup!

What are your favourite Fall traditions? 🎃

My Top 5 Fitness Must-Haves

Hello you lovely people,

Today I wanted to talk about my favourite fitness must haves. I feel like more than ever nowadays, there is an overwhelming sea of products for fitness and healthy living. At times it can be hard to sift through that plethora of information to find an honest and experienced answer.

So here are my 5 favourite workout goodies, and why I absolutely love them!

1. And Probably my most favorite of all is the Fitbit Versa Lite. This is a necessity for me as I LOVE keeping track of things lol. The Fitbit Versa tracks my calories burned, steps, and most importantly (for me) my heart rate. I love the colors it comes in, although I definitely would have loved it even more if it came in pink. Overall it’s a wonderful device. One of my favorite features that is the most underrated is the ‘Relax’ app. It will track your heart rate while it takes you through breathing exercises, using colors to indicate if your breathing/heart rate is in a great, good, or needs work zone. I use this quite often at any time of the day if I’m feeling anxious or stressed. It is an easy and discreet way to slip in a guided meditation.

2. I decided to fully invest in some good quality resistance bands and it improved my workout game so much! I decided to get the Peach Bands Resistance bands. I did some research looking for a Canadian fitness company and I was immediately obsessed with their bright pink and purple fitness gear. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, but the bands themselves are resilient and have a great feel. They don’t roll or pinch (unless you really twist them). The weight of these bands ranges from Light (10 lbs) to Xtra Heavy (35lbs) giving a broad range of weight. If you need to have heavier resistance you can easily double up on the bands and get that weight you need without any discomfort. These bands are a slender shape making it easy to use 2 at a time. They also pair great with dumbbells or by themselves for the perfect quarantine workout. (Should I do a post on my quarantine workout?!?!)

3. Sweet Sweat Workout Enhancer. This stuff has taken my cardio from average to a full-on sweat sesh. It is a bit of an adjustment applying a product like this to your skin as it’s not supposed to soak in. The whole idea is you apply it to the surface of your skin and it makes you sweat like 5x more than normal (not an actual scientific number but you get what I’m saying 😉) You apply to slow-reacting areas or spots you want to focus on in your workout and presto, you are sweating your booty off. I find it helps me be less sore in the morning and helps my muscles be less fatigued at the time of my workout.

4. Keto Bomb Coffee Creamer. Just thinking about this makes me so excited for my morning cuppa coffee. Like I’m actually salivating a little bit 😆 Save your money you would spend on expensive ‘specialty’ coffee, and try some Keto Bomb. My favorite flavors are French Vanilla and Caramel Macchiato. The best part is enjoying the amazing flavors and knowing they are a fraction of the sugar you would normally have with a regular Starbucks coffee. Not to mention you’re giving your body the fuel it needs with Vitamins like Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium. I love using my Bodum frother to top it off and making it deliciously frothy and aesthetically pleasing. ☕️ ✌️

*A a side note here….specialty coffee if fun and delicious and nothing is wrong with enjoying them! I love a PSL and nothing will hold a candle to that. The amount of sugar in a food doesn’t make it ‘good’ or ‘bad’. 😘

5. Is the most basic but makes the most sense and that is a Yoga Mat. I got my yoga mat so long ago I can’t even remember the brand 😂 But I use it every workout. Not only is it an important cushion for your body but it’s nice to have a designated area laid out for working out. I find it creates guidelines for me when I’m doing exercises. It helps me center myself and check my form.

I hope everyone is having a happy Saturday and I’d love to hear about your favorite fitness goodies you can’t live without!

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Work it!

Hello lovely people!

How is everyone doing on this lovely night? Good? Good!

I wanted to share a little insight into my life with you, focusing on my workout routine. The first fact of the matter being, I can barely call it a ‘workout routine’. Its more of a ‘convince myself to workout, proceed to do so, then act like I wanted to all along’ routine. I’m sure I’m not along in this charade.

The activity that is my go-to, actually enjoyable workout, is running. I love it. Now I do, at least. At first I hated it. I always felt way to out of breath, and I was suddenly over aware of all the parts on my body I never knew could jiggle. But I didn’t want to stop. Something in my brain said ‘you’re doing this for you. Not anyone else. You’re doing it to feel good and not to look like anyone else but a happier you’. And so I kept on going. Its hard not to feel discouraged with the media that is thrown in our face every day. Only now it feels like the positive body movement is starting to disperse and take hold of media, young minds and the globe.

And that’s the end of that little feel good ramble.

To start off my run (in the winter months) I bundle up in as many warm knots as physically possible.

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When its this cold the extra layer is necessary, but not too thick because I know I’m going to get veeerrrrry warm very quickly.
Time to flick on some great tunes. Party on, man. 😎

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And away we go!
My run usually lasts about 15-20 minutes until I get to the park. That’s where I have a small rest and start on the stairs.

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Sometimes my little cutie wants to join in on the fun.

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After a quick cuddle I like to run up these stairs and then down the hill 10 times. This is honestly enough cardio for me. When I first discovered this little exercise I only started with 5 sets, and then gradually increased it.
I know the other half of my routine is strengthening.
So I go down into plank position and do knee taps. What are knee taps you ask? Oh they sounds so cute and lovely don’t they? “Ooh look at me doing a little yoga position.”, we all thought. No. By the tenth one you are cursing the sun, moon, and even your ex boyfriend from 10th grade for some reason.

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This is a very poor plank to be honest. I can hear my old boxing coach shout: “no sagging!”. Sorry sir. Do go easy on me, I did this straight after my work day.

As I should note in capitols I AM NO WHERE NEAR A PROFESSIONAL. I just do as I do and share with you. 🎵

From plank you extend your leg all the way back (like a donkey kick) and bring it all the way in until it ‘kisses’ your opposite elbow like so.

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Thankfully the park was empty, so no swearing was heard by any passer byers.

You do both knees to both elbows and that counts as one set. Then I do that 10 times. Then collapse on the ground.

The rest of my workout is just a really lovely walk home,  usually listening to some very chill music and cooling down.

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Once I get home I do stretch my legs properly and hop in the bath or shower as soon as possible :p

I hope this was helpful to anyone looking for a simle cardio, core, leg routine.

Remember to only think of how far you’ve come and not how far anyone else has. You are busy working hard and being amazing.

Thanks for reading! Ta ta for now!

~M