The long and awaited question you have all been asking me. “What fitness exercises have you been doing to get physically in shape?” As many of you know I am a runner. The obsession or “runners high” started in high school. Before my junior year I wanted nothing to do with working out. I didn’t need to, it was uncomfortable for me, and if we are being completely real I was just lazy. I come from a family of athletes though so everything revolves around exercising, sports, and fitness. My parents are the type of people that wake up at 6:00 am to workout before the long work day ahead. I could never wrap my mind around this silly idea. Waking up incredibly early to get sweaty??? What?! It sounded awful. I think it was my Dad who told me one night that I should try to work out with him the following morning.
After I rolled my eyes at the thought of it, he said something along the lines of, “You’re right. You probably couldn’t keep up anyway.” My competitive nature was dying inside! Unfortunately my personality is the type that loves to prove people wrong…. so I snuck up to my room and set my alarm for 6:00am. I will NEVER forget my parents faces when I walked into the exercise room that morning.
The first few steps on a treadmill were terrifying. It made me feel incredibly uncoordinated. But I put my headphones in and started at a steady pace. I switched from walking, to inclined walking, and then to light jogging. I even tried sprinting! It was actually pretty fun! I loved being able to control what pace I was going at and seeing how fast I could go. (I’m a control freak) As I looked down at my clock, I realized an hour had gone by. I was shocked! I was sweaty and gross at six in the morning and it felt incredible. I continued this pattern everyday for the rest of that year and fell in love with the intimate alone time I had to myself in these early mornings. I was able to let go of all of my stress and worries and just run. It eventually became very therapeutic and I got to the point where I HAD to start my morning off with some sort of physical activity. It felt too amazing not to.
After falling in love with this physical activity I wanted to try other exercises. I started to incorporate pushups, sit-ups, lunges, and other simple exercises I knew could target specific body parts. Eventually I had a trainer help me understand my body better and give me information of what muscles I needed to focus on toning and why. I tried to gather as much information so I could do it myself, especially since I travel so much. Now…. I know running and exercising isn’t for everyone. I’m not saying you have to do it this way and thats the only way to get it shape. No. My goal is to give you some ideas to find out what works best for YOU!!!! My mom, for example, loves the elliptical. She has bad knees so the impact of the treadmill hurts her. My dad loves to ride the stationary bike. My sister, Jill, goes to a pilates/dance class for one hour everyday. For all of you mommies out there struggling to find time or ways to get any exercise in with your kiddos… my sister, Stacy, chases 4 kids around all day and gets most of her workout in by entertaining her twin boys! She did some research though and found a gym close by that has a kids center. She tries to find an hour of her day a few times a week where she can go get a quick workout in while her kids get to make arts and crafts and watch movies. There are yoga classes you can take, you can go on a beautiful walk around your city/neighborhood, or you could try a SoulCycle class. There are so many ways to get some sort of exercise in. Find what works for you and stay consistent with it.
I challenge you to do some sort of cardio for at least 30 minutes five out of the seven days. Push yourself. Find yourself a realistic routine and see how you fall in love with exercising. Now remember, just because you are exercising doesn’t mean you can forget about your nutrition. They go hand in hand together. The better your nutrition is, the more real energy you will have to be physical for long periods of time! I promise you it works. If you are struggling to find exercises to do, I will be posting some of my daily fitness routine so you can follow along! You can do it!! I was lucky enough to share some of my exercise tips in our Tour program. Check it out…
P.S. We started our winter DWTS Live tour this week!!!! The first show was such an adrenaline rush but we did it and now we have 50 something more shows to go. Here are some behind the scenes pictures that I’ll be sharing throughout our 3 month tour.