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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.

 

 

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  1. Sarah

    February 21st, 2015 at 2:11 am

    My favourite is the Sworkit app. It provides cardio, strength training, yoga and stretching. I use it everyday – be it five minutes stretching or a 15 minute full body workout.
    I love how easy it is to integrate workouts into my day. I can decide what I want to do, put in how much time I have and then just work it!

  2. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 23rd, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    I will have to check that out, I’ve never heard of that!

  3. Patricia

    February 21st, 2015 at 2:58 am

    I love walking but because of the temps here recently I have to be creative and find indoor places to do this. So I go to large stores or malls and walk up and down their isles until I get my mile in. This usually takes about 30 minutes. I do this several times per week.

  4. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 23rd, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Great thinking! I love window shopping + walking in malls too!

  5. Mel

    February 21st, 2015 at 3:35 am

    I love pole fitness. I do this 3 days a week for anything from 1 hour to 3 hours each time! I love the challenges it provides and that there is also something new to do, never gets boring, I find it quite empowering and has certainly build confidence and self esteem 🙂

  6. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 23rd, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Awesome!

  7. Brenda

    February 21st, 2015 at 4:26 am

    I just rejoined a gym for the group fitness and pool. I love Zumba, but I want to try the step and bootcamp conditioning classes. I also love walking (getting my steps with my Fitbit), and Kettlebell training.

  8. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 23rd, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Awesome!

  9. Dalia

    February 21st, 2015 at 8:45 am

    u would b lik jessie providence da walking momma, I cant deny all does amazing foods

  10. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 23rd, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Awesome! #walkingmommasunited!

  11. Beverly

    February 21st, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Honestly, it is hard for me to leave the house so I put on whatever music or program will motivate me for 30 minutes. Get my jogging shoes on and go for it right there in our living room. You know what it works for me rather than feeling if I don’t get outside I can’t get a workout in. Getting it done is what really matters to me. Goal five times a week. Love, love,love green smoothies so ono!

  12. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 23rd, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Awesome! We love pumping up the music in our house too!

  13. Jana

    February 21st, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    As a working, single mom with three young kids I was telling myself a story that “I just didnt’t have time to workout”. Everyone believed it, including me! Then, a friend of mine started working with a trainer and offered to come over and show me one of the workouts she’d been doing. She was using an app that listed the excercies, reps, pictures, etc. so she could lead me through the moves. The first workout was on a weekend. We went outside and went through the routine. It was so much fun! We agreed to meet the following week on a weeknight after the kids went to sleep, around 8pm. And that was the beginning of the mind-shift for me. I realized that I did have time to workout, and I started telling myself a new story…that I workout in the evenings with friends. My kids have been so encouraging…we now start a bit earlier, at 7:30pm and the kids will cheer me on if they see me struggling. When doing jumping lunges, I might ask my friend “how many of these do we have to do?” and my 8-year-old will say, “You can do it mom!” Sometimes, they will even grab a beach towel and pretend it’s a yoga mat while they do sit ups alongside me :). It’s been over 6 months of these weekly workouts and the story is just getting better and better. I completed the 30-day smoothie challenge, and have added a few lunchtime barre or yoga classes to the mix. I still thank my friend for inviting me to share that first workout!

  14. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 23rd, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    That’s awesome, Jana! You have a great friend! Friends like that don’t come around every day!

  15. Renee

    February 22nd, 2015 at 10:37 am

    My go to exercise is walking. In the frigid Ohio winter I do a Leslie Sansone walking DVD. During spring-fall I hit the walking trail at my local park. I find my biggest obstacle to exercise is lack of energy or changes in my schedule.

  16. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 23rd, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Winter can be long and cold. Best wishes & enjoy the upcoming spring + summer!

  17. Janice Tasker

    February 23rd, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Hi at age 20 I was told I would be in a wheel-chair by early-mid 30s because of a very severe scoliosis (spinal curvature). This did not compute! I was always on the go and doing stretches and anything physical possible. I am now 68 and still no wheel chair. with the help of professionals like chiropractic and Bowen Therapy and regular workouts of one type or another I am fitter than most women my age. I built up a supply of gym & Pilates equipment and I work out 5 days a week mainly.
    Keep active in anyway you can and you will not age as quick. OH and don’t forget the smoothies. 🙂

  18. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 23rd, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Hey Janice! I love your story! Thanks so much for sharing it with us and our community. It is a true testament to fitness + eating healthy. Cheers!

  19. mara smith

    February 23rd, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    My go to workout is walking

  20. Jennaluna

    February 23rd, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    I used to live in Oakland and LOVED classes at Hipline, Jadah! I miss taking them so much. So. Much. Fun.

  21. victoria godsoe

    February 24th, 2015 at 8:57 am

    i can relate more to jadah, although not a dancer. i have a 2nd shift job and will workout after work which has its challenges, which makes it difficult to motivate

  22. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 25th, 2015 at 6:37 am

    Thanks for the comment, finding time can be hard. We are cheering you on, Victoria! 🙂

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