I’ll be honest: I don’t clean my yoga mat as often as I should. I know you’re supposed to wipe it down after every use, but between limited time in the morning and general laziness (I’ll admit it), I don’t. One morning after I unrolled my mat and saw footprints and paw prints, I realized this mat needed a deep cleaning, and it needed it fast.
Most of my workouts are streamed online. I strength train at the gym two or three times a week, and the other three days I turn my (tiny) living room into a fitness studio. With so many workouts online, I never get bored!
Living in New York City, working in the media industry, leading an active lifestyle with homemade, nutrient-dense meals, AND maintaining a healthy social life means my stress level has the potential to crumble me. Based on the above, I don’t have time for that. That’s why I adopted seven methods to manage my stress so my mind and body can perform at their optimum.
I’m not a huge fan of running, but my love for outdoor fitness always wins. When I saw there was an all-women race in Central Park, I signed up on a whim because what’s six miles and change? Great decision on my part — it was one of the best races I’ve ever completed.
If you’ve been living under a rock, interval training is pretty popular (HIIT classes are everywhere!). I’m all for short, intense cardio bursts that spike my heart rate, but speed intervals on a cardio machine…FOR THE LOVE OF PIZZA PLEASE DON’T MAKE ME.
When I am able to trick myself into doing high intensity cardio, there’s one token workout I turn to: Speed 10. Why? It’s over in less than 30 minutes.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I need a little (or a lot) of motivation to do an intense workout. During my 6+ mile runs, I fantasize about chugging a large glass of chocolate milk afterwards. My motivation to hike up, down, and around Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park? One specific trail: Car Wreck. Continue reading
Brunch is a verb; you don’t go to brunch, you DO brunch. And nobody does brunch better than my family. We may workout like fools, but damn do we know how to eat — especially if it’s a holiday or birthday. For Easter this year my parents and I drove to the Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel and indulged in the hotel’s Easter brunch buffet: no time limit, bottomless mimosas (in my case, champagne), and food everywhere. Indulgence never looked so tasty.
You don’t need a gym to get a killer workout — all you need is your body and a sense of adventure.
I traveled to California to visit my parents for Easter and took full advantage of the gorgeous weather. We drove to Palm Springs and turned Mount San Jacinto into our own personal jungle gym. Why workout inside when you can get results outside with a gorgeous view and an extra dose of Vitamin D? Continue reading
A little over a month ago I participated in a bar crawl and day-drank my afternoon away (typical). That night after sitting in the bathroom contemplating if I would ever feel normal again, I stumbled into my room, started seeing stars, and hit the ground at the foot of my bed.
Luckily a bruised knee and ego were the repercussions. But that moment proved to me I needed a lifestyle change…and fast. Continue reading
Welcome to my fitness journey — you’re in for one hell of a ride.
My name is Brittany and I’m a 20-something year old living in NYC who still applauds herself when she folds laundry the same night she finally does it. I decided to combine my passion for health and fitness with my love for writing, and now here we are.
Why do I consider fitness a journey? Because I have no end goal. I don’t work out and eat mindfully to see a certain number on the scale; I do it to maintain an active lifestyle and be my best self . Some days I meal prep, some days I sit on my ass with a glass of wine and indulge in the Food Network. I’ve started embracing workouts as a way to strengthen my body and move rather than compensate for a shitty diet (cereal and wine lack nutritional value, I know I’m heartbroken too). But don’t be fooled — I still indulge. I’ve been down the food deprivation road, and let me tell you how miserable that was.
Life is about balance. And while I may topple over trying to master certain yoga poses, I strive for balance in my everyday life. Yes, I love protein smoothies, hearty salads, and big bowls of fruit. But I also love cheesy pizza, ice cream, and big bowls of pasta. My life is all about trying new things — whether it be a Brazilian Butt Lift workout (and laughing my ass off while I dance like a fool in my living room), a new recipe, a new restaurant, or traveling to foreign cities.
For a deeper insight of who I am and my intentions for this blog, head over to my About page. In short, I’m a fitness enthusiast who lifts weights and wine glasses, and I do them both pretty damn well.
Cheers to living your best life!