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Fitness Friday: Walk It Out

I regularly get asked about my fitness routine and how I got started on my current healthy living regime. I grew up as an athlete – Gymnastics followed by volleyball and springboard diving – So moving is my natural state of being. I start to feel mentally and physically “off” after about 24 hours out of the gym or off the trails.

But that doesn’t mean it was easy to get to where I am now. It doesn’t mean that it’s a simple, one-step process.

Being healthy is a way of life, it doesn’t mean squeezing in a workout when you have time, it means making movement a part of your daily life. Every day.

It may not be a quick fix, but you do need to start somewhere – So the question is, where is a good place to start?

Walking!

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Not only is this the most basic form of exercise for human beings, it’s also one of the best things you can do for your body. And bonus – It’s low intensity so it’s a great first step for those looking to get healthy AND a good way to easy back into your fitness regime post-injury or post-baby.

I’ve had a spinal injury since college and after a re injury and surgery two years ago – Walking and standing were the top suggestions from my surgeon. Before physical therapy or massages, I was asked to add walking to my daily routine.
Luckily I live in a walking friendly city. Given its size and how close everything I need is, walking is the most logical way to traverse SF.

I walk to work. To the grocery store. To events. To BART when I’m going to head to the outskirts or the airport. It’s all about breaking your Uber/taxi/driving habits and pulling out your flats.

So my challenge for you is this – How can YOU add a little bit of walking each day?

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Links You’ll Love

Let’s start this Sunday off with some INSPIRATION – Wise Words: 24 Inspiring Prints to Start Your Day

Fashion:

I’d hate to label myself as lazy, but even I have to admit that I definitely get into fashion ruts so… Stop Being Lazy: 7 Chic AND Easy Switch-Outs from Refinery 29 with fun new options like trading your old, torn cut-offs for some adorable printed shorts or trying cropped trousers so you can give up your legging habit. Definitely some great ideas!

If you’re looking for some new products to add to your skin care routine why not take some Kiehl’s suggestions from Italian blogger and fashion It Girl Eleonora Carisi – I Can’t Live Without.

Need some fabulous fashion inspiration for your next tropical vacation? Unstoppable Style: Poppy Delevingne Shares Her Ultimate Summer Wish List.

Want to create the perfect pair of jean shorts this Summer? Follow The Glamourai’s step by step instructions and enjoy the fabulous results! { DIY } Denim Cut-Offs.

If you’re in the market for updating your accessories stash or just looking for some advice on styling, why not turn to a professional? Anna Dello Russo – 10 TOP Rules for ACCESSORIES.

Health & Fitness:

A major part of finding internal motivation to hit the gym or trails is feeling comfortable and confident in your workout clothes. A great pair of pants that highlight your assets are going to get you out the door much faster than a tattered, stretched out pair of yoga pants. Trust me. Check out The Fitnessista’s recommendations – Summer Workout Gear.

Who better to give health & fitness tips than someone whose livelihood is based on their body? Top model Izabel Goulart shares her Five Minute Brazilian Butt Workout with Modelinia. What else does she mention? Walking! I just can’t recommend it enough – Low Intensity Fasted Cardio!

If you need to amp up the healthy fats in your diet avocados are the perfect choice during Summer, so pick some up next time you’re at the store and take of these recipes for a spin – 5 New Ways to Use Avocado.

Finding the right snack to give you energy and satisfy you before a workout without causing a sugar crash or an upset or overly filled stomach is a balancing act. See what Fit Bottomed Girls suggest – 4 New Healthy Snacks to Put in Your Gym Bag.

In the mood to get a little creative in the kitchen? Why not whip up some healthy desserts in the form of vegan ice cream? I made Choosing Raw’s Blueberry Ginger Ice Cream and it was divine, so follow my lead and give one of these tasty recipes a try – Veg Out: Dairy-Free and Delish Ice Cream Recipes.

No matter what your diet is, putting together a good grocery list is a Must. Check out FitSugar’s 7 Grocery Shopping Tips For a Plant-Based Approach or Caveman Strong’s Grocery List Paleo Style.

I hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend and has a great Sunday! I’ll be back tomorrow to share with you all weekend in sunny, secluded Fallen Leaf Lake.

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