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“Nike Training Club” Workouts

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After a few weeks of living in New Orleans, I have quickly realized that this isn’t exactly the best city to prepare for fitting into a wedding dress!! Our wedding day is exactly 5 months away today and suddenly I found myself in a city where the food is deliciously heavy, the warm beignets call my name, and the fresh margaritas are everywhere – so I’m thankful I found this Nike Training Club app to keep my waistline in check! Have you heard about these workouts?? This app is the perfect solution if you are looking for a workout that will kick your butt – whether you have 15, 30, or 45 minutes, whether you are at the gym, traveling, or in your living room, whether you want some cardio or strength training, and whether you are feeling motivated or not! All you need is your iPhone, this FREE app, and potentially some equipment depending on which workout you choose. One of the things I love is that I can mix up my routine and do a new workout every day – I’ve already done over 20 of them.picstitch (3)First, download the Nike Training Club app from the iTunes store for free. Then, you can filter for the perfect workout. You can pick a workout to get lean, toned, strong, or focused. Get Lean workouts have a lot of tough cardio drills to keep your heart pumping.  Get Strong workouts still have cardio, but also great muscle building exercises. The Get Focused workouts have 15 minute workouts that let you work towards targeted areas, such as “Leaner Legs” or “Alpha Abs”. Next, choose Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced depending on your fitness level.photo 1 (1)Once you’ve selected your preferences above, there will be a list of workouts to choose from in that category. Search through the list based on the workout length and name. You can click into a workout and it will display the description, any equipment needed, and approximate calories burned. A lot of the workouts use dumbbells, so if you have access to a gym with free weights, great! I ordered these dumbbells on amazon for when I want to workout in our apartment. I have found that medicine balls can mostly be subbed with weights and jump ropes can be imagined!photo (2)If you click “Review workout” in the screen above, a list of the exercises will preview the workout to help you decide which one to pick. You can even click into the exercise and it will give you a step by step description. When you’ve found the workout you want to try, click “Download” and you should be ready to go in under a minute. Once you’ve downloaded a workout, it will save for future use.

photo 2The actual workout will look like the screen below on the left. In big black numbers at the top, you will have the timer of minutes left in the workout – which I love! In the bottom half in white, you can see the amount of time left for the current exercise you are doing. If you don’t know how to do a particular, you can click play button in the center and a video will pop up to demonstrate the proper form. The workouts are narrated with someone reminding you proper technique or encouraging you to stay strong – it’s like you’re in a live class with an instructor!

One of my favorite exercises is “Agostina Laneri’s Extreme Full Body Workout” because it is non-stop for 30 minutes and will leave you with your legs shaking and dripping sweat! (find in Get Toned > Advanced) Of, if you have a little more room for walking lunges and jumping around, try ” The Heartthrob” for 30 minutes and no equipment required. (find in Get Lean > Advanced) If I only have 15 minutes to get a quick workout in or if I want to combine with something else, I will try a Get Focused workout, like “Cardio Killer” or “Cardio Burst”. You’ll be surprised at how effective these are for such a short workout! Another great 15 minute workout to combine with a little cardio is “Better Butt”. I have not yet been able to complete this full workout without having to take a breather, it’s a real butt-burner!

While doing these workouts, I like to listen to “Today’s Hits” on Pandora, lookout the window at this palm tree, and think about summer and swimsuits, or fitting in my wedding dress, or margaritas – all motivators to push harder!! Try one of these workouts and let me know what you think!

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Wunderlist App

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This app is a life-changer. I have never been so organized or prepared! Wunderlist allows you to keep multiple organized lists stored in the app, so your “To Do’s” and grocery lists are always at your finger tips. (Assuming you didn’t forget your phone at home!) I love that all of my lists are in one place, stored electronically, and easy to update any time of day, no matter where I am! And, it’s free!! I keep it in my favorites at the bottom of my home screen:

www.sarasfavoritethings.wordpress.comAnything that I used to keep written on a notepad, now has it’s own list in my Wunderlist app. I keep an ongoing list of groceries, things I need to do, movies I want to see, packing lists for vacation, etc. You can create and title as many lists as you want and then when you click into that list, you can add items to it. To cross an item off the list, you can check the little box to the left of the item. Or, if you want to prioritize something, you can click on the little star on the right, which it marks the item red and moves it to the top of your list.

www.sarasfavoritethings.wordpress.comIf you click on the little arrow in the bottom right hand corner, it gives you the options to share ownership of the list with someone, email the list to someone, or organize the list alphabetically. If you click to share the list with someone, they are able to add items to your list or cross things out. This could be great for sharing with a roommate a list of communal things you both need, such as paper towel. Or, you can click to email your list to someone and an email with your bulleted list pops up. I used it to send a list of groceries to my mom for an upcoming vacation.

www.sarasfavoritethings.wordpress.comThese are two examples of lists that have kept me prepared: I keep a list of recipes that I want to try at some point. When I click into the recipe, there is a little notes section where I can keep the ingredients listed for when I’m ready to make it. I also like to keep a list of gift ideas, when I think of something my family or friends might like or if they mention something they want. When I click into their name, I can makes notes of the gift ideas.

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When you first open the app, you can use your email address to create a username. It will then take you to your inbox. Swipe to the right to start creating your lists. Your screen will look like the one below on the left with the default lists already created. You can delete any you don’t want by clicking the edit button in the bottom left hand corner. Or, you can select “Add a list…” to create any personalized lists you would like.

www.sarasfavoritethings.wordpress.comYou can log into your Wunderlist app from anywhere! You can access it from your iPhone, iPad, or sign in online from any computer. There have been so many times when I wasn’t planning to stop at the grocery store, but it ends up being on the way and I have my list ready to go on my phone! I hope you’ll give this app a try and that it helps you keep your life organized!