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Post-Workout Beauty Hacks

As someone who very regularly leaves the office midday for a workout or a run, I thought I’d share some of the post-gym beauty hacks I’ve learned over the years.

While I’ve definitely returned to my desk with a bright red glowing face after a grueling run, for the most part adequate preparation and a few minutes of pampering is enough to get you back at work looking fabulous.

Packing:

Whether you have a locker, a gym bag, or just a giant handbag, having the right products on hand is important. So save those Sephora & Nordstrom samples, they’re the perfect size!

Cleaning:

I always take a COLD shower after a workout. Especially after a run since I’m prone to ending up with a red face. The cold water not only feels amazing, but helps cool off your body and reduce redness.

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Skin Care & Makeup:

I hate hate hate piling on makeup after a sweat session. Not only does my skin feel radiant afterwards, but the products also just slide right off.

So I keep Josie Maran Bare Naked Argan Wipes at the ready to clean up any messes, my Laura Mercier  Secret Camouflage compact for touching up under the eyes {my problem area for sure}, super moisturizing lip balm, and last but not least deodorant.

I also have sunscreen in my bag for when I do midday runs. I apply Algenist Anti-Aging Moisturizer with SPF 20 around 5am each morning, but reapply with Algenist Ultra Lightweight SPF 50 before a 12pm run.

Hair:

My two hair tricks are (1) Make sure you have hair ties & sporty headbands on hand for during and after a workout, and (2) DRY SHAMPOO.

Note: You want hair ties that don’t kink your mane, I’m a huge fan of France Luxe’s line of non-damaging L. Erikson Grab & Go Ponies. You can find them in my bathroom, my desk, my purse, and my gym locker!

Seriously, if you workout as often as I do, you know that the struggle is real to follow your stylist’s “don’t wash your hair everyday” commandment. Enter dry shampoo. My favorites are Kevin Murphy, L’Oreal, and Macadamia Dry Shampoo.

What’s YOUR favorite post-gym beauty hack?

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Tips to Stay Motivated at the Gym

Staying motivated at the gym isn’t easy. I love working out, but there are still plenty of days where the couch sounds waaay more appealing than sweaty sports bras, guys with no boundaries, and expending energy I don’t have.

But even when it sounds hard or I’m sore or tired or hungry, I can often times motivate myself to get to the gym. Here are my tips that you can try next time you’re not the mood.

Change Your Mentality:

Stop thinking of your workout as auxiliary and thinking of it like you do work – It’s non-negotiable. If you’re hoping to change your life for the better and start living a healthier life, then your workouts and your healthy food aren’t short-term or fad, they’re an important part of your daily life.

And that means you need to change how you think of them. Your workouts are like going to work – Unless you’re sick, you should go. BUT if you’re sore or recovering from an injury, you should definitely listen to your body and adjust accordingly. Killed it the day before on leg day and aren’t up for a Pilates class? Just walk on the treadmill for 20 minutes. Can’t make it to a class across town because you got stuck at the office? Do a little bodyweight workout at home!

 

Hold Yourself Accountable:

Find an accountability partner! If you do well with a community, join an online challenge like the ones hosted by Tone It Up or other online trainers.

What I’ve found works well for me is doing weekly, and sometimes daily, check-ins with my best friend. We text pictures, inspiration, and recipes to each other, motivating from a distance. Between social media and one-on-one check-ins there are lots of options to keep yourself inspired, so you can find which way works best for you.

Set Goals:

I’m definitely a Type A personality and I love me some goals. I like lists in general, and nothing thrills me quite like checking something off. Hi – I’m a nerd!

Need some other tips to get you started? Check out these posts on goals and rewarding yourself so you can find a way to make this work for you!

Find Your Inspiration:

I’m an extremely visual person so when I’m feeling tired or unmotivated – I head straight to Pinterest, Instagram, or Snapchat.

I create motivational boards on Pinterest that keep me inspired and remind me what I’m working for each day. Workout Motivation is my favorite!

And I follow some seriously kick ass ladies on Snap and Instagram – A few minutes of looking at killer photos or watching their stories is just the kick in the booty I need to get myself to the gym.

What’s YOUR tried and true way to stay motivated at the gym?

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Summer Fitness | Outdoor Workouts

One of the best parts of Summer is being able to get outside for fun workouts. It’s always nice to mix things up and try new activities, and this is definitely the season for it!

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Black Long Sleeved Pull-Over – Asics

Leggings – Nike

Running Shoes – Saucony

Here are some of the outdoor activities that I look forward to each Summer and some of the workouts that I hope to try out this year:

  • Hiking – I love escaping the city for a hike in the Presidio or even further away. But it’s also fun to do long “city hikes” along the water. Nothing beats a gorgeous view of the bride!
  • Bike Riding – Don’t own a bike? No worries. Luckily there are bike share options like Ford GoBike
  • Running – I tried to run on a treadmill while I was on vacation and I only lasted a few minutes. I just can’t stand it. Getting outside and hiking a trail or path or running along the Embarcadero is one of my all-time favorite activities.
  • Bootcamps – Do some Googling or Yelping and you’ll find an afternoon or weekend bootcamp that’s held outside.
  • Swimming – If you don’t have a pool nearby, you can swim in lakes, rivers, or the ocean. I loved my daily swims while I was recently on vacation and can’t wait to start spending weekends up at the lake. Swimming is a great workout and very low impact.
  • Yoga – A yoga session on the beach or in a meadow or by a lake is a wonderful way to greet the day. If you can’t find a studio that offers outdoor classes, you can just bring you phone and a YouTube video to your favorite spot for a solo session.
  • Watersports – Swimming is a great workout, but so is paddleboarding, kayaking, and canoeing. You can do all three on lakes, rivers, or at the ocean. Or even in a pool! They’re great for the core and toning your arms.

What’s YOUR favorite outdoor workout?

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Running Shoes Round-Up

One of the great things about running is that it can be as simple as lacing up your running shoes and heading out the door. Because, really, shoes are all your need. No gym membership, no equipment, just you and the road. Sure, you can find all sorts of fun toys and accessories and gear for running, but they’re not necessary.

Today, I thought that I would share some of my favorite running shoes that I’ve worn over the years. Everyone needs something different from a pair of shoes – We all have different feet, we have different training regimes, we run on different surfaces. That being said, most of the top companies have multiple styles and options that you can choose from once you’ve narrowed down the brand.

So, in no particular order, here are my top shoes of the last five years:

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Brooks Ghost 10 – This is my current pair of shoes and I ran my February race in them. They’re incredibly cute, comfortable, and fairly lightweight and compact. One thing that I’ve noticed is that they’re better for shorter distances if you have high arches, I start to get an ache around 9 miles on concrete. They’re also great for classes with running segments like OrangeTheory or Barry’s Bootcamp.

Saucony Guide 9These babies are one of the longest lasting pairs of shoes I’ve ever owned. I trained in the Guide 9s and did 3-4 races in them, with zero issues. They’re a little bigger than the Brooks in terms of “bulk,” but they’re still not an incredibly heavy shoe. They’re heavy-duty enough to really handle road running though, and I never had any pain or blisters with them.

Mizuno Women’s Wave Inspire 11 – I really enjoyed these shoes and ended up buying two pairs of the Wave Inspire 11s. These are more similar to the Saucony Guide 9 in terms of size and weight, and almost as good for standing up to road running.

Brooks Launch 3 – These are very cute and quite lightweight, but I found them a bit too minimal for the pounding your feet undergo during an intense road run. These ended up becoming a walking shoe for me, that I wear to walk to and from the office each day.

Do YOU have a go-to brand of shoe for running? Any pairs I need to try?

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Fitness Friday | Activewear Essentials

I’m a creature of habit and when I find something that I love, I tend to carry on happily until something jolts me out of my routine. This approach applies to my style, and even more so to my activewear choices. When I like a piece, I buy multiples. Sometimes lots of multiples.

So to celebrate Fitness Friday, I thought I’d share what I’m currently repeating, ad nauseum, at the gym right now.

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Tops:

I am quite devoted to Lucy Activewear tops and was devastated to hear that they were closing their stores. But relieved when I found out that they’re being absorbed into North Face, so I have high hopes that I can still find my favorite tops.

Luckily (Lucily?) I have three of my favorite tank and two of my favorite t-shirt in my at-home inventory right now.

Bottoms:

I’m a Lulu leggings girl. While I’m not a huge fan of some of their pieces, the running tights are amazing. I have three pairs of the Tight Stuff Tights and three pairs of the Fast & Free 7/8 Tights for non-running activities.

I’m not weird. You’re weird.

Under Things:

Victoria’s Secret Sport has GREAT pieces for under your favorite gear. I also love Alo Yoga and Adidas. {Check out more of my sports bra favorites here}

I also really like the Fabletics seamless underwear and I have 2-3 of their crop top length sports bras that are comfy, flattering, and functional.

Accessories:

Here’s a quick and dirty run down on some of my favorite little extras and accessories.

Do YOU have any activewear favorites? A piece, or two, you can’t live without?

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