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Green smoothies and fitness go hand and hand. You’ve probably got the green smoothies part down pat with our Simple 7 Green Smoothie Challenge. Now it’s time to start moving your body towards an even healthier you!

If you’re like us, then fitness can be hard to juggle with busy schedules. But don’t fret! We have some personal tips (and some stuff we struggle with) to help get you moving in the right direction.

Mayo Clinic reminds us, “Starting a fitness program may be one of the best things you can do for your health. After all, physical activity can reduce your risk of chronic disease, improve your balance and coordination, help you lose weight, and even boost your self-esteem. And the benefits are yours for the taking, regardless of age, sex or physical ability.”

 

Team SGS and #FitFebruary

We’re sharing how all of us here at Team SGS move our bodies. We all do it differently (and we all struggle with it. So you’re not alone). Yet we have some tips that have helped us out, so read on!

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Jen Hansard, Cross-Training Ninja


What is your go-to workout?

I like to change it up with hikes, kettle bell routines, jump rope, biking, and yoga. The one thing I always come back to is running. I’ve been a runner since I was in 9 years old. Trail running is how I get myself grounded again—it allows me to clear my mind, admire nature, and spend time just talking with God. I also use running as an excuse to explore a new city. When Ryan and I went backpacking in Europe for a month, I brought my running shoes and ran through towns early in the morning. It was so magical—I just breathed it all in and didn’t want to stop.

 

How often do you do it?

Not as often as I’d like. I’m training for the 15K Gasparilla race (it’s this Saturday in Tampa, FL) with my husband. I should be running 4 times a week to build up my endurance. Instead, I’m lucky to do 1-2 runs a week around 3-4 miles. It’s not a good plan for a successful race, haha! But I am super strong-willed and determined— so I’m sure I’ll make it across that finish line one way or another.

 

What do you fuel your body with before and after workouts?

I like to have something little in my stomach before I go on a run. My favorite pre-workout snack is half a banana, a spoonful of almond butter, and a little honey. I also really enjoy coffee with half and half before I go on a long run—it’s my secret sauce to a good run. Post run, all I want is a big ol’ Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie… with a twist. I do it with coconut water, coconut oil and chia seeds. I dream about it around the last mile of every run.

 

What’s your biggest struggle when it comes to working out? How do you overcome it?

Consistency gets me all the time. I LOVE working out—I really do look forward to going for a run outside. It’s just hard to fit it in my days when work, kids, friends, eating, cleaning, grocery shopping come into play too.

Also, I am NOT a morning person. So, getting up before everyone and going for a run sounds like the most miserable idea to me. I’d rather be in my warm bed! My husband and I planned it out so he takes the kids to school and I have time still to go for my run before we both start work. So now I have that space and time to workout, it’s just up to me to actually do it. What also helps me be consistent is signing up for races or events, like that 15k run. Without that looming over me, I probably wouldn’t even be running 2 times a week right now.

Jessie Provience, Walking Momma


What is your go-to workout?

Every foggy morning in 2014, before the crowds of people covered the London Streets, I would tie my jogging shoes and take to my local park and run a 5k amongst the early risers in the beautiful city I called home. I would jog home to our tiny flat and drink my green smoothie. I was fit, felt great, and fueling my body with leafy greens! Fast forward to 2015. Our little family moved back to the USA and found ourselves surrounded by home cooked meals from our loved ones.

Sounds wonderful, right? When you have a lack of self control with the sweets and no new routine, I was doomed to put on the pounds. I tried everything I possiblu could. I kept up my green smoothies routine, but by 10 a.m. I was snacking on leftover coconut creme pie from last nights family get together.

In the midst of my new suburban life, I had to start a new tradition, walking around the block with my son.

 

How often do you do it?

My two year old son and I will tie (or velcro) our shoes for a 1-mile lap around our neighborhood at least Monday-Friday.

(To the future Jessie: I hope you get your running shoes ready, I hear a 10k calling your name in 2015!)

 

What do you fuel your body with before and after workouts?

I prefer going early in the morning on an empty stomach, but when I get home I am ready for a cold glass of water & Beginner’s Luck green smoothie + 1 tablespoon of hemp hearts.

 

What’s your biggest struggle when it comes to working out? How do you overcome it?

My biggest struggle was put into words by the famous comedian, Jim Gaffigan: “I don’t have to work out every day, maybe JUST EVERY OTHER day!”

I find laying out work-out clothes the night before, helps me get moving in the morning in the right direction.

 

Dan Mottayaw, Running Biker


What is your go-to workout?

My current go-to workout is running. I’ve never been much of a “run for fun” kind of guy, but I’ve found it to be really helpful to clear my head during the middle of my day. Also, my wife and I share a car, so while she drives it to work I use my bike to get around town (see the picture of my new Trek bike—it was a Christmas present from family). In college, my favorite workout was P90X. The dorm I lived in owned a copy and had a decent workout room with enough space to do all the exercises. Tony Horton is the man!

 

How often do you do it?

At best, I run 3 times a week, and I’m out biking around 2-3 times a week. I ran my first 5K on Thanksgiving Day this past year, and I ran 3 times a week for two months leading up to the race. My workouts haven’t been as consistent since then, but my goal is still to get out and hit the pavement on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays around 3pm. This gives me a burst of energy so I can finish the workday strong.

 

What do you fuel your body with before and after workouts?

Water throughout the day is very important, especially on days that I run. I love having anything that has eggs in it for lunch around 1pm each day—omelettes with lots of veggies are great! I would love to say that I fuel my body with green smoothies after running, but I don’t (those are for breakfast for me). I’ll usually grab a handful of almonds or cashews to hold me over until dinner. I have a feeling my post-workout eating habits could use some improving…

 

What’s your biggest struggle when it comes to working out? How do you overcome it?

Motivation. It’s so easy to tell myself, “Hey, you’ve already worked out twice this week. You don’t need a third time.” The best way for me to overcome my lack of motivation is by setting goals. I set a goal in early October to run a 5K on Thanksgiving Day, and I didn’t miss a running appointment once during those two months. As long as I keep writing down goals then I will continue to stay motivated.

 

Shauna Bryant, Gym Rat Turned Dancing Yoga Momma


What is your go-to workout?

I love to walk and be outdoors! It’s so refreshing to get my body moving early in the morning when the sun is coming up. The chilliness in the air invigorates me and starts my day off on the right foot. My 7 year old and I try walking to school a few times a week to connect and talk about anything that’s going on in our lives. I also love yoga, kickboxing and dancing and try to do it whenever I get the chance. It’s the only time I actually sit in stillness. With three young boys, quiet is something that’s hard to come by!

 

How often do you do it?

I try to move my body as much as possible but aim for at least 3-4 times per week.

 

What do you fuel your body with before and after workouts?

I have a nice protein filled breakfast like an egg, sweet potato and kale scramble before I workout then drink a green smoothie as my post-workout fuel. I most always add in coconut oil, chia seeds or hemp hearts or some almond butter. I feel so good afterwards and the green smoothie fuels me all day.

 

What’s your biggest struggle when it comes to working out? How do you overcome it?

Time and three kids! I use to be a big gym rat, exercising around 5-6 times a week, wearing the cute little matching workout outfits… but as a busy mom of 3 boys, life has changed a lot. I get in my exercise when and where I can find it. If that means dance parties in the kitchen or playing ball with my boys outside, I’m all over it!

 

Lindsey Johnson, Break-Time Dancer


What is your go-to workout?

A little something I call “10-Minute Dance Party.”

 

How often do you do it?

The 10-Minute Dance Party happens several times a day when I’m doing dishes, folding laundry, cleaning up the house, or need a break from sitting in front of my computer. This is how you do it: turn on some tunes (as loud as possible) and dance like no one’s watching for 3-4 songs. I also involve my kids – it helps get them moving and by the end we’re all giggling and having fun.

 

What do you fuel your body with before and after workouts?

Protein-loaded green smoothies and a spoonful of almond butter for bigger workouts. For my mini-workouts, I just make sure to eat healthy all day long for sustained energy.

 

What’s your biggest struggle when it comes to working out? How do you overcome it?

TIME. It’s always time. The nature of my job means I have to be working when the sun is shining. So that means I’ve got to either get up super early to walk or jog, which I love doing, or do it later at night. When the weather is cold (another struggle) I don’t wanna do it. That’s why I started doing my mini-dance parties when the weather is chilly. It helps get my heart rate up throughout the day in small spurts without having to dedicate a full hour to a sweaty workout. (I still love those, too, by the way.) Bonus: unloading the dishwasher is much more fun when I’m rockin’ out.

 

Trish Dubes, Outdoor Extraordinaire


What is your go-to workout?

My go to workout is OrangeTheory gym or anything outdoors.

 

How often do you do it?

I workout at OT at least twice a week (it’s killer so it takes me a few days to recover) and then try to get outside to snowshoe, ski, hike, volleyball, etc. the other days of the week/weekend.

 

What do you fuel your body with before and after workouts?

I usually workout mid-morning, so I start my day with a green smoothie and a poached egg or turkey bacon for protein. My go-to meal post-workout is usually a simple chicken stir-fry with onions, peppers and grilled chicken.

 

What’s your biggest struggle when it comes to working out? How do you overcome it?

My biggest struggle outside of my gym is finding people to join me merely because I’m new to the area and still working on building community. I’m working to overcome that by joining a volleyball team through a sports league and joining “meet up” groups that have common interests of hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, etc. to meet new people with common interests.

 

 

Comment below: Who do you most relate to?

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  1. Diatta @ Femme Fitale Fit Club

    February 20th, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Hmm, I would say the running biker b/c while I don’t bike I do enjoy running.

  2. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 23rd, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Awesome!

  3. Marion Moore

    February 20th, 2015 at 10:23 am

    I work out 3-6 times a week with Fitnessblenders.com. They direct me on what exercises to do so that I am getting a balanced workout. For a nominal fee the workouts challange me and my body has changed as a result of these workouts. During Spring and Summer I ride my bike and take long walks along the lakefront inChicago

  4. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 23rd, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Summers can’t come soon enough for Chicago. I have a cousin there, and it has been a hard winter. 🙂 Enjoy fitness blenders until then. Cheers. 🙂

  5. YoungLife Coach

    February 20th, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Jen and Dan! Cross training is my thing but I love to bike, spin and run– these are all my go to and I love them. Running helped to save my life, spin keeps me going and on a nice day I could ride my bike all day long. Now on the other hand I LOVE LOVE LOVE to strength training– lifting weights is my absolute best time when in the gym but I love to go rock climbing, hit my area RowZone to row as well as swim. I love a challenge and I love the way FIT and HEALTHY feels!!!!

  6. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 23rd, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Awesome! Keep up the great work!

  7. Duncan Stewart

    February 20th, 2015 at 11:30 am

    My workout since late January has been snow shoveling. Once I plugged in two hours of shoveling into LoseIt! and it registered over 800 calories burned, I was hooked!

    That said, it is really getting old now and struggling with kettle bell lifts from a balance ball sounds like a vacation!

  8. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 23rd, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    So true. Stay warm while shoveling!

  9. Brandy

    February 20th, 2015 at 11:41 am

    I do T25. It’s quick and I can work as hard as I want or just get through the motions and still get a good workout. I aim for that at least 4x a week. I walk two dogs and push a 2 yo toddler in the stroller 2-4 miles a day 6 days a week. And try to run 2 miles a day 3x a week. All that said, I have totally bombed January and February with the super cold weather we’ve had. I’m looking forward to getting back in track in March!

  10. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 23rd, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Awesome! I enjoy T25 too! I can’t wait for March as well!

  11. Lyn Evans

    February 20th, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Thanks for all the advice and encouragement. I am 76 years old I do tai chi with a group twice a week and once a week I go to a Nia dance group for an hour and I do some walking. I have green smoothies and a vegetarian diet. I do not take any medications. I look forward to getting your E Mails and learning more. I would love to communicate with another older person who is following this life style. Thank you Lyn

  12. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 23rd, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Hey Lyn!

    Thanks for your comment. We are happy to hear that you are active and doing well. Keep up the great work!

  13. Stan A. Cox

    February 20th, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    I am 84 years old and make a green smoothie every day.
    Unfortunately I have been having some health problems . I have had every test known to mankind and still have some pain.They have finally figured out that it is not cardiac pain I have but a hiatus hernia and a stomach infection (H polari)?which they are treating and I will have a scope in a few weeks. I have always been active. The bottom line is that I have finally able to start walking and what a thrill it is to walk briskly for an hour or so each morning and do some weight lifting to get this old body back in shape, Thank God for my daily green smoothie. I really believe they are what has allowed me to lose 15 pounds and help me maintain my fitness before this latest setback.

  14. Janice Tasker

    February 23rd, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Good on you. I love it.

  15. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 23rd, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Hey Stan.

    Thanks for sharing your story! Cheers to you + your health!

  16. Debbie

    February 20th, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    I primarily run. I run trails once a week, road run usually twice a week and hit the treadmill the days I cross train. Cross training is elliptical and core and strength work. I try to do twice a week but occasionally life gets in the way.

  17. elisabeth

    February 20th, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    I really resonate with Jadah’s challenges. I know I should workout to keep my body healthy, but don’t feel like I have the time. I am not a morning person so don’t want to get up before dawn to do it, but want the evenings to spend with my 1 year old daughter and my husband.
    I live in Northern CA as well, so maybe I will try out HipLine!

  18. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 23rd, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Mornings can be hard. Best wishes. 🙂

  19. Ray

    February 20th, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    I’m 67yrs old and new to this green smoothie way of life. I badly twisted and damaged a knee about 6 months and only now is the pain of walking going away, but going away it is.
    I was determined not to let it get the better of me. I’ve never been a runner but I do enjoy walking. I have been walking a couple of times a week in the local pool to keep mobility in the knee without having the weight on it. (Great fun recommend it to anybody) Now it’s just about time to hit the pavement and start walking my 2 poodles again, they like to do a couple of kilometers a day but that distance isn’t going to happen for a little while.
    Thanks to Jen and Jedah I’m really hooked on my green Smoothies and I’m looking forward to shedding the kilo’s I’ve gain while hobbling around.
    Did you know there is only X amount of fat in the world? it just keeps moving around..Yep for every kilo you lose a friend/somebody will have just gained a kilo 🙂

  20. Janice Tasker

    February 23rd, 2015 at 7:51 am

    I understand Ray. I tore the meniscus in both knees within 18 months (the last one less than a year ago) and it does take time to get into a normal pattern again. I am 68 and also have 2 poodles who love their walks.

  21. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 23rd, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Thanks for sharing, sounds like you + Janice can relate. Stay well, stay healthy + keep blending those leafy greens. 🙂

  22. Lynne

    February 20th, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    I play tennis 3 times a week and walk the dog. I don’t like the gym so getting out into the sun and hitting the ball feels great. It’s a great way to get rid of frustration. I’m no good at running but I can chase a ball around a court all day

  23. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 23rd, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Hey Lynne! Tennis is great! 🙂

  24. laurali

    February 20th, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    YMCA !!!!!! love love love it !! I take advantage of the daily classes,pilates,yoga,body pump,swimming,and all the freestyle equipment,i am surrounded by like minded people and I love seeing the young families with children. I also take advantage of the fact I can go to any ymca in America when I travel.its the best Christmas present I ever received…a gift that keeps giving !

  25. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 23rd, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Awesome! My mom use to work for YMCA! Great programs! Cheers!

  26. Jen

    February 20th, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Just started training for my first marathon so right now my fitness routine is running, running, and more running!

  27. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 23rd, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    You’re just like our Jen! Awesome! #Runnersunited! Jen + Jen!

  28. Heather

    February 20th, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Thank you Jen and Jadah and all of the SGS team for the pre and post workout green smoothies. After I workout I don’t always feel like eating. Now I’m going to try the post workout smoothie after my next workout. Thank you again. I noticed that in all of the SGS teams comments pretty much everyone liked to exercise outside. So this and the need for my dog to go for a walk have given me the idea to make a walk/running routine and make him my walking buddy. Keep up the good work and thank yall for the awesome green smoothie recipes and motivation

  29. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 23rd, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    You are so welcome! Thanks for blending with us! Cheers to health + happiness!

  30. Jackie

    February 20th, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Do any of you women work? Morning workouts? going to the gym?
    working out mid-morning???
    I wish I was lucky or privileged to be able to have the opportunity to
    work out whenever I felt like it! Good for you!
    I work full time…so I fit in my workouts on weekends and evening after work!

  31. Holly

    February 21st, 2015 at 7:49 am

    I work! I have to work out at 5:30 in the morning. It sucks so bad, but if I don’t do it then, I dread doing it all day until I get home and then life and family get in the way usually. Plus I also feel guilty about taking time from being with them. So I just get it out of the way in the morning with no distractions. A lot of times I’m just going through the motions because I’m so sleepy!

  32. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 23rd, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Hey Holly + Jackie.

    Most all of us work part-time, if not full times with kids. It can be hard to get motivate and to juggle schedules. Hopefully you will find one that works best for you both. 🙂

  33. Tea

    February 20th, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    I use to work out mornings swimming. Since my surgeries I haven’t been able to work at all. I miss the waters and long brisk walks. I can’t wait to get back at it. My motivation is ‘tell no one that I’m exercising. That way if I slip one day, no one will know but me….lol. I’m very hard on myself when it come to work outs. Its all or nothing. Therefore, I have to be all.

  34. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 23rd, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Hey Tea. You can do it. We are cheering you on!

  35. Heather

    February 20th, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Walking and Hula Hoop! 🙂 I walk with a few colleagues at work during our lunch and 15 minute breaks (better than socializing with the smokers!) Then when I get home I try to hula hoop for at least 15 minutes while watching TV. I have a 1.5 lb hoop and a 3 lb hoop, so sometimes I’ll use the 3 lb to do light weight lifting, which is stuff I make up and may not be legitimate. But it’s fun! 🙂

  36. Jade

    February 20th, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    My job is my workout. I climb 300ft up a wind turbine at least once a day to go fix them or perform some sort of maintenance. After about 3 climbs I’m pretty beat. When it snows, I’m shoveling my walkway, my driveway, my work truck out of a drift… When I’m not climbing towers, I can be found out walking with my two dogs on our ranch, or hiking/skiing/hunting/chopping wood up in Minnesota. The last couple years I’ve much preferred the outdoors “workout” to an indoor workout; luckily, my job provides me with this everyday I show up. There isn’t much that’s better than getting paid to “workout”. At night I do a short yoga session before I go to bed. Downward face full of dog kisses. It’s relaxing – somewhat.

  37. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 23rd, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Hey Jade! Sounds like you are working out on the go! I love it! Stay warm + safe in the snow. 🙂

  38. Veronica

    February 20th, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    I´m also the Yoga Dancer!!! I practice Bikram Yoga 7 days a week and I´m a dance teacher/dancer and although I don´t take as many dance classes as I would like, I take a ballet or jazz class at least two or three times a week. I drink my green smoothies every single day after my Bikram classes and those give me enough energy to get me through the morning! I started out with the 30 day challenge last summer and now I just love my green smoothies so much, I don´t know how I could live withouth them! Thank you so much for your amazing recipes!

  39. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 23rd, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Awe! Thanks so much, Veronica! Cheers to health + Yoga Dancers!

  40. Emma

    February 21st, 2015 at 1:51 am

    I love workout! I always do some home workouts because I am a student and I don’t have much time..
    I wish I had more time for myself…

  41. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 23rd, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Time is hard to find. 🙂

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