Ashy Bines Booty Challenge

I wanted to take a moment to address my fitness regimen while I’ve been abroad. It has been difficult to stay on top of my workouts especially because I have been traveling so much. Ashy Bines Booty Challenge has been a game changer!

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I purchased the program for about $7. It is a gym or home program that gives you a months worth of workouts to sculpt and tone your booty. Besides doing that it is also an awesome workout!

A few weeks after I arrived abroad Ashy Bines came out with the Booty Challenge app, and that is what really sold me on the program. Now I can have all of the workouts and nutrition guides on the go and it is so convenient when traveling. It even gives you a great calendar to help mark your progress!

I have been living and breathing Ashy Bines and I hope this post encourages someone else to purchase her program because you definitely won’t regret it!

Are there any fitness programs that work for you? I’d love to hear about them, so share below!

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How Do I Stay Fit in Denmark?

Easy! I walk everywhere and climb every tall building in sight! Copenhagen is a beautiful maze of delicious bakeries, cute boutiques and stunning history. Every corner you turn you’ll make an amazing new discovery. Here are some of the highlights of my trip so far:

  • Walking along the water is by far my favorite thing to do. It reminds me of home and I never get tired of its serene beauty.

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  • Climb Christiansborg Palace Tower and get a stunning view of Copenhagen.

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  • Catch the marching band going from the streets of Copenhagen to Amalienborg for the changing of the guard at noon!

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  • Stop by Chistiania to see the funkier artistic side of Copenhagen.

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  • Visit Chrisitiansborg Palace Chapel where Prince Christian and Princess Isabella were baptized. And don’t forget to look up!

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  • Check out the Carlsberg museum, try some beer and take a look at their incredible collection of over 22,000 bottles.

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  • Study the queens tapestries at Christiansborg Palace and interpret the intricate danish history that is woven into each piece. Did you know that it took 10 years to complete all of them!

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These are just a few of my favorite places so far. There is so much to see here; I’m just scratching the surface! Have you ever been to Denmark? Comment below with suggestions and your favorite places.

 

Fitbit Surge

Recently I received the Fitbit Surge for my birthday! I was very excited that it looked like a watch and could serve so many purposes. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about something so bulky because I don’t usually wear a watch. I have now been using the Fitbit for a month and have absolutely fallen in love!

Here is what I like:

  1. The screen is larger than the other versions and very easy to read.
  2. It keeps track of your sleep cycle, which has served as a reminder to get good consistent sleep.
  3. It connects to my phone and buzzes whenever someone texts me. This feature is very handy when working out because it allows me check the message and determine if it can wait until after my workout.
  4. And the best part is that it tracks your runs. It tells me the speed and time, which has been very helpful for my summer soccer training.

Now of course with any product there are some cons:

  1. A green light flashes to keep track of your heart rate. I usually sleep with my hands near my head and I had to get use to changing my position because the light would flash in my eyes.
  2. With a larger screen comes a larger device, so it is kind of chunky and takes some getting used to.
  3. And finally it’s on the pricy side: $250

Also a quick tip! After a workout it can get pretty gross. I was worried about washing it because it’s sweat proof, but not necessarily submersion proof. So far the best thing I found to clean it has been Premoistened Lens Wipes. These are the perfect size, soft on the watch’s screen and doesn’t allow too much moisture to get into the grooves of the watch. I’d love to hear about your Fitbit experience or if you use any other activity trackers you like better!

How to Wake Up for the Gym if You Aren’t a Morning Person

This is basically the struggle of my life. I love getting my workout over with, so I don’t have to think about it for the rest of the day. It’s also a great way to start the day off in a good mood, however, try convincing yourself of that in the wee hours of the morning when you are snuggling in a warm cocoon of happiness.

Here are some suggestions for getting your morning workout program started.

1) Figure out your schedule. Make it reasonable and then don’t let yourself sway from it.

2) Give yourself 30 minutes. If you’re running at 6:30am wake up at 6am. This gives you extra time to ease out of bed.

3) Have your workout clothes laid out the night before. The last thing you want to do in the morning is searching for that missing sports bra or matching shirt.

 

4) Have your iPod ready so you can stretch and wake up to music.

5) If possible run around your neighborhood, or workout near by. The more convenient the workout the fewer excuses you have to tell yourself not to get out of bed when the alarm goes off at 6am.

Remember it’s all about what works for you, and what makes you happy!

When do you like to workout? Are there any early morning tricks that I missed? Share below!

Fitness Mentality

I’m at college for the soccer preseason. Before we get to touch a ball we have to complete a fitness test, where we each run a mile. This year the team’s goal mile time was 7:30.

Photo Credit: Bob Mical

Photo Credit: Bob Mical

I was one of the last girls to run, so it was very interesting to watch how each person before me handled the test. Some started out fast, trying to set a good pace while others were slower, but gradually gained momentum. Some of the players were obviously in better shape, but the people who stood out to me were the ones who hadn’t run as much over the summer and were still able to push themselves during the test.

When it comes down to it, it’s all mental. How hard are you willing to push yourself? How much do you want it? It’s important to find something you’re passionate about, so when you’re sprinting that last lap you feel pride in yourself and in what you were able to accomplish.

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We were all really nervous going into the fitness test, but when it was all over everyone left feeling proud of what they had achieved regardless of their mile time because they knew they had pushed themselves.

How do you push yourself? Do you have a hard time turning off that mental block that tells your body to stop running or working out?