Over the Christmas break, I got so inspired watching my mom and dad motivate each other to work out. They’re definitely on a new health kick and they both look incredible. They’ve started running one or two miles a day and only stocking the fridge with healthy snacks (much to me and my siblings’ chagrin). I joined them on a few family runs over the break — it’s amazing what you can be convinced to do with a support system!
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that I really prefer to work out with someone else. I grew up on a competitive gymnastics team with girls who became some of my best friends. When I got to college, I felt totally lost wandering into a regular gym by myself. Now I’m realizing that the way to get myself up and at ’em is to have a buddy who keeps me motivated and makes it feel like a social outing and not just an obligation. A long walk with Rory, a yoga class with a girlfriend, or a jog with my family… All way more fun than going it alone!
I was so excited when my new friend Kimberly and I had the opportunity to try a class at SLT Upper East Side. SLT stands for strengthen, lengthen, tone — three things this bod could definitely use more of. 😉 Most of the class takes place on a Pilates reformer (which I hadn’t used since I lived in San Francisco after college!) and hits your abs, arms, butt, and legs equally. What. A. Class. I could really feel every exercise and the instructor was the perfect mix of encouraging and motivational. I was definitely sore the next day but I would totally do it again, especially with a friend in tow! We both wore activewear from Old Navy and I love that it fits as nicely as other brands I’ve tried without the crazy price tag. A girl can never own too many pairs of black leggings — I wear these to work out in but also with a sweater and riding boots outside the gym. You’ll find more pictures of our workout adventure on Kimberly’s blog as well!
*Photos by Anabella Veress