Outdoor Partner Workout w/ Citrus&Gold

I had a super fun weekend collaborating with Akansha Agarwal from Citrus and Gold. It’s only fitting that my first collaboration be with Akansha, since she she inspired me to start a fitness blog.

For our collaboration we completed a full body workout with 7 body-weight partner exercises that can be done anywhere. All you need is each other! This workout may take anywhere from 30 minutes to 90 minutes. It should be fun so don’t forget to smile, laugh, and enjoy being active together! 

Check out our workout below and don’t forget to follow Akansha’s blog and Instagram! Also, check out a quickie video of our workout here. Yes I know, we could have better form… but we were having too much fun to notice! Haha oops!

Leg Raise Throw Down
2 sets each partner with 10-15 reps.
Lie on your back on the floor with your legs fully extended out in front of you. Your partner should stand with one foot on either side of your head with her knees slightly bent. Hold your partner’s ankles and lift both of your legs up together. Your partner will push your feet from your ankles back to parallel level with the floor. Don’t let your legs touch the floor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wheel-Barrow Push up & Squat
2 sets each partner with 10 reps
Stand with your feet apart in a sumo squat stance with your partner’s ankles resting on your upper thigh/lower hip. Your partner should be in push-up position with you hold her ankles. Allow your partner to complete a push-up, then you complete a squat.

Plank Burpees
2 sets each partner with 5-10 reps (5-10 burpees)
Hold a plank position and have your partner jump over your legs and complete a burpee. Your partner should then jump over your legs again and complete another burpee.

Leg Lift Hold & Jump
2 sets each partner with 15 jumps total
Lie on on the floor with your back flat on the ground and legs extended. Lift your legs off the ground around 35 degrees. You can place your hands under your glutes for more support. Have your partner jump over your legs side-ways 15 times.

Glute Bridge
3 sets with 5-10 reps
Have you and your partner lie on your backs with your feet up, knees bent 90 degrees. Rest your feet against each others and push. Use the push to help lift your glutes off the ground. Put your arms flat on the floor next to you for support. Squeeze your glutes at the top!

Jump Lunge & Clap
3 sets with 15 reps total
Perform a lunge and jump into the next lunge. After jumping into the lunge, clap your partner’s hand. Repeat by jumping into the next lunge with the other foot. You and your partner should have alternating feet i.e. while your right leg is behind you, her right leg should be in front of her.

Push Ups
3 sets with 10 reps
Get into push-up position with your legs wide apart and have your partner hold your ankles. Complete a push up at the same time.

I hope you all enjoy the workout and don’t forget to follow my fitness Instagram here for more fun and exciting workouts, healthy meals, and my fitness journey!

Why I Decided to Start a Fitness Instagram and Blog

Happiness is something I’ve always been struggling to find and was part of the reason I decided to start my fitness journey a little under 2 years ago. I hoped to find my happiness through consistently exercising and eating healthy, since it seemed to be working for all the fitness enthusiasts I followed on social media. Once I indulged in this lifestyle, I realized that happiness is not something you find, it’s something you create. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always been content with my life and the amazing and supportive people in it. But there have been intense moments of high stress, anxiety, and insecurities.

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It began when I started following various fitness instagram accounts and fitness influencers like Katya Henry, Alyssa (Fittlyss), Kayla Itsines, and Emily Skye. Every morning while eating breakfast and every night before going to bed, I would scroll through my feed and read their empowering posts. Their posts slowly gave me motivation to take the next step in changing my attitude towards my life. I decided to make exercise and eating healthy a lifestyle rather than a temporary aberration. Their posts inspired me to take on living a happier and healthier life by creating a lifestyle involving fitness. I’m the only one who has the power to control my life, so I took action. Through this lifestyle my attitude changed and I started to view things in a more optimistic light. My mental health also improved, my strength increased, and I just felt better overall. My confidence skyrocketed and I began to push myself to take on other challenges in life like progressing with my Youtube singing covers, and becoming more proactive in networking in and outside of work.

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The feelings and attitude I gained from this lifestyle change truly are some of the greatest feelings and I wanted to share it with others. I wanted to inspire and motivate others like how Katya, Kayla, Alyssa, and Emily did for me! So I created my fitness instagram and, later fitness blog, in hopes to be able to reach out to others and encourage them to create their own happiness instead of chasing it.

I want to create a community of bright and encouraging people full of love and kindness! I want us to all empower and support each other, because there is way too much hate in this world than should be. When I post on my instagram, I’m not trying to show off or make anyone feel bad about themselves. I’m trying to reach out to make others want to get up and do something active with their bodies and life while alongside, keeping track of my own fitness progress. Posting also motivates me to stay consistent and active with my own fitness goals and routines!

img_3606Social media has the amazing power to connect people and bring people together, creating communities of literally anything and everything! I’ve made a bunch of inspiring connections through instagram and it’s created so many new friendships for me! So join me in creating a community of like minded people full of smiles and good vibes who have a passion for fitness and creating happiness amongst themselves and others! Let’s go Fit Family!

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Changes in Body & Physique

I’ve been feeling low about my physique lately because I’m not where I used to be. Not to mention the added stress and anxiety from the small but irritating health issues that have been randomly popping up for me this year. But then a friend helped me realize that you don’t look the same year round. Your body is constantly changing and changes throughout the year. It’s almost impossible for the average person to look the same year round. I was extremely motivated before summer to look my best for the beach and pool parties! During summer I was out and about eating and drinking all the delicious summer foods while vacationing and taking advantage of the good weather. Now that summer’s come to and end, I’ve noticed I’ve lost my tone and gained a little more fat in a few areas. BUT THAT’S OKAY. IT HAPPENS. Most of us are not body builders or bikini competitors who track their macros year round! Your body changes like the seasons and sometimes changes alongside the seasons!! I thank my friend for helping me realize this. 

Aside from the obvious factors that contribute to your body changing like physical activity and diet, there are other reasons your body changes that people tend to forget. I’ve listed a couple or them below.

  1. Hormone Fluctuations
  2. Injuries 
  3. Stress & Anxiety
  4. Genetics 
  5. Health 
  6. Weather & Environment 
  7. Vacations & Studying Abroad 

So if you find yourself wishing that you look and feel like a time in the past.. don’t sweat and don’t be so hard on yourself! You most definitely can get back there if you stay focused and work hard! The important thing is to stay happy and view everything in an optimistic light. If you were there before, you can get there again. Having something to work towards is exciting! 

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How to Stay Motivated

Some days I wake up super motivated, ready to take on the day. But other days I wake up sluggish and not motivated to do anything. It’s normal and it happens to everyone! It is okay to be lazy once in awhile and lack motivation. The important thing is you get back on your feet and find the motivation you need to get back on track! Here are a few things I do to stay motivated on days I’m feeling lost.

One thing that drives me the most in terms of staying motivated is the idea of continuously wanting to work towards being a better person, inside and out. I consider this as one of my ongoing goals that usually always keeps me motivated. I’m constantly finding ways to improve myself whether it be in fitness, health, personality, or skill set.

BUT sometimes it doesn’t always work. In that case, I have listed some ways to find motivation again!

  1. Set Goals: Usually when I have goals in place, I feel more inclined to pursue and work towards them.
  2. Watch or Read Motivational Videos/Quotes/Articles: This always helps get me in the motivational mood!
  3. Change up Your Routine: Keep it new and exciting!
  4. Give Yourself Fun Breaks: To make sure you don’t overwhelm yourself, do something fun as a small break. Go watch a movie, paint, hangout with friends, whatever it is that you enjoy and makes you happy!
  5. Workout or Do a Physical Activity: It’s crazy what the effects of being active can do for you outside of fitness. This can improve your mood drastically and may motivate you to do other things!
  6. Listen to Some Pump Up Music: Confident by Demi Lovato always gets me motivated!
  7. Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself: Everyone gets lost and loses motivation once in awhile. It is totally normal and okay! “It’s not about how hard you hit, but how well you can take a hard hit and keep moving forward.”

I hope these tips help you find your motivation! Next time you find yourself lacking motivation, don’t sweat. Pick yourself up again and learn from that experience. Be more willing to go the extra mile to get better for next time! What are some of the ways you stay motivated?

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Not Sweating When Working Out?

Not sweating when working out is a common issue a lot of people come across, even when they know they are working their body and muscles hard! There could be a number of reasons why you’re not sweating when weight lifting or completing cardio, and sometimes it can vary depending on your what you ate/drink that day or how crowded the gym is (waiting to use machines + gym traffic). I’ve come up with a few tips based on my personal experience and knowledge on this topic!

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  1. Increase the Difficulty Level
    If you’re not challenging yourself enough, you won’t sweat enough! For weight training, try lifting a little heavier to make your body work hard. For cardio, try adding resistance like inclines or increase the speed. 
  2. Take Shorter Rests
    If your rests in between sets are too long even if you lift heavy, you probably won’t sweat as much. In order to sweat, you need to keep your heart rate up, so do more reps with a shorter rest/break period. 
  3. Change the Order
    If gym traffic is high, switch the order or your exercises to prevent long breaks and waiting around for a machine. I know some people get frustrated when they need to switch their order, but hey… gotta do what you gotta do to keep your heart rate up! 
  4. Switch It Up
    If you complete the same exercises every time you go to the gym, you’re body will eventually get used to the workout and difficulty level. You need to constantly be introducing your body to new exercises and new challenges to maintain a high metabolism that’ll get you sweating each time! 
  5. Drink More Fluids
    Drink more fluids before, during, and after you workout. If you don’t drink enough water or other liquids, you’re body won’t have any fluids to sweat off! 
  6. Wear More Layers
    Sometimes to sweat a little more, I wear more layers of clothing when I workout. This makes me hot when I workout causing me to sweat more!

I hope these tips help you get your sweat on! Let me know if any of them worked for you or and please share your tips on what makes you sweat more during your workouts! Also don’t forget to follow me on my fitness instagram and facebook page!