I’m not typically one to write down resolutions, but with our continued hopes of starting a family this year, I wanted to lay out some goals to help get my health and wellness to a better place. Instead of cutting back or doing less of something (which can sometimes feel negative), I want to focus on three areas where I can do more!
As some of you know, my fitness routine for years consisted of running and doing workout videos at home. I’ve been avoiding classes, since in the few spin classes that I have done, I always feel like the most uncoordinated person in the room who ends up being singled out with extra “encouragement” from the instructor. This year I want to overcome that public workout shyness and try a variety of classes to find the right ones for me. My friends have been encouraging me to do a few Orangetheory and SLT (strengthen, lengthen, tone) sessions with them, or I might try a different spin program!
And while it may not make you any more athletic, I find that having chic, well-fitting workout clothes always lends a little extra confidence boost for exercising in public. I’m partnering with Nike to share a few comfortable pieces that you’ll want to reach for on repeat!
- These running crops are petite-friendly and have several little features that I love. The higher waist already fits me well, but there’s a hidden drawstring for adjustments, two inner front pockets, and a secure zippered back center pocket. The Epic Lux material stays dry and ventilated during runs, and is a nice, flattering medium weight fabric.
- I’ve raved in previous posts about the comfy Nike Free sneaker line. My Free Flyknit sneakers (on sale!) are made of a thinner, knit material that’s light as air. Since the material stretches, I went half size down compared to my other Nikes. Nick lives in his men’s Flyknits and especially likes them on airplanes (when your feet get all bloated) and for lots of walking around while traveling.
- For more support, I also tried on these LunarEpic low flyknit sneakers and loved the thicker cushioning and the quick slip-on style. I was told these are better for longer distance running and more high-impact workouts. Compared to the Free flyknit sneakers, I needed half size up. All the colors are priced differently online, with some on major sale (the “wolf grey” is nearly 40% off)!
- For an everyday workout tank, this one is a great value for under $20 (I took sz XS). The material is cool and breathable in the summer, and I like it for layering in the winter.
If you follow my Insta-stories, you know I love to eat. But I’m often guilty of filling up on foods that have little nutritional value. When Nick and I aren’t traveling, our goal every Sunday morning is to plan out at least three home-cooked dinners for the week, incorporating more whole grains, iron, fiber, and good fats. Some of our diet changes so far include subbing jasmine brown rice for our once-staple white rice, cooking regularly with lentils (very nutritious and filling) which we rarely used to eat, and starting my mornings with oatmeal with a dollop of coconut butter topped with cacao nibs (delish!).
The photos in this post were taken at Jugos, our favorite neighborhood juice bar where I often treat myself after a run. I love that their smoothies are not too sweet, and pack in a ton of fresh ingredients. If you want something savory, their chicken salad with avocado on multigrain toast is so flavorful and my absolute favorite!
I’m the type of person who has a hard time turning off work mode. But I’m forcing myself to set aside time for mental unwinding, and both Nick and I have banned using our cell phones in bed (such a bad habit that usually ends up going down a digital rabbit hole until 2 am!).
I’ve done acupuncture a few times and would love to continue it monthly this year. Although I can’t speak for sure yet regarding any physical benefits, I do find it very relaxing! I like having the blocked out time to discuss wellness concerns with my acupuncturist, and then completely disconnect during the session. I dread needles more than the average person, but the ones used for acupuncture are hair-thin. After they’re inserted you don’t feel them much if at all, so I usually end up just enjoying a quick nap!
What are some of your tips or goals for better physical health and overall wellness? I’d love to hear!
Thank you to Nike and Shopstyle for partnering on this post.