Hello friends! Today I want to share with you a little a bit about my fitness journey. If you follow me on snapchat you may have noticed my love for food and staying active. Like many others I wanted to start the New Year with healthy resolutions and hopefully lose some of the excess weight I’ve gained over the years. I knew it wouldn’t be a quick fix and that trendy diets haven’t been the best option for me in the past. Making the commitment to create a new lifestyle took some planning, a few tears in the beginning, and dedication. As of today I’m today I’m 20 pounds lighter and feel the best I’ve felt since I was a teenager. The first step in creating a healthier lifestyle was to be more active. My fitness journey began with bike riding with the kids to the park instead of driving. Going on family bike rides has become an important part of our weekly routine. It helps us stay active as a family and take a break from electronics.
Since bike riding is so important to our family, I was thrilled when I had to opportunity to try one of the new Columbia Bicycles. With the re-launch of Columbia Bicycles, I was excited to learn about they were the first bicycle company in the U.S. and the founder, Alexander Pope, mentored Henry Ford in manufacturing. Columbia later ventured into Chrysler Motors and The American Motor Company. With the popularity of Columbia bikes during the 1950s and their sleek designs, I knew the 1952 Deluxe Cruiser would be absolutely perfect for our Sunday bike rides to the lake.
The vintage design features a 26-inch Hi-Tensile steel frame and fork, a sturdy cargo rack, and LED headlight. The leather embossed saddle and handgrips also ensure comfort during our bikes rides, whether they’re around the neighborhood or 10 miles long.
Along with bike riding, I’ve made adjustments to my overall fitness activity level. Here are a few tips I’ve learned along the way:
Invest in a pedometer
I started using a FitBit in early January and it’s been a complete game changer. Working from home I knew there were days I didn’t have a chance to move around a lot. The downside to working at a computer all day means you’re inactive for long periods of time. Having a pedometer track my steps has helped me stay accountable when I’m sitting for too long. There are a variety of watch pedometers available, I personally use a Fitbit that tracks my steps, heart rate, and exercises. It even tracks my bike rides with the kids and the calories I burn. A benefit to using a fitness tracker like this is that you can join weekly or daily challenges with friends to encourage each other to keep moving. My daily step goal ranges from 15,000-20,000 steps a day depending on what exercise I’m doing that day. I’m going to be honest, when I first started using it my daily step count was around 4,000 steps. Having a device track my steps definitely motivates me to stay active throughout my day.
Schedule your workouts
Finding balance between working from home, being a mom of 3, and taking care of household duties can be a little stressful. I found that I would often say I’d make time for the gym later in the day then eventually end up skipping it due to other parenting/household duties or simply just being too tired. Creating a workout schedule and sticking to it has been the best thing I could have done for my health and myself. I created a workout routine on the first day of the year and have been very faithful to it. There have been a few days where I skip a day to celebrate birthdays or other events, but for the most part I’ve consistently worked out 5-6 days a week for the last 4.5 months. I wanted to point out that if I have a week where I feel like I’m pushing myself too hard I listen to my body and take a rest day. But overall I strive for at least 30minutes of activity everyday.
My current workout schedule
Sunday – Family bike ride
Monday – Long run (8-10 miles)
Tuesday – Body Pump Class/At-Home workout
Wednesday – Cycling class + weights
Thursday – rest or short run (2-3miles)
Friday – weights + family bike ride
Saturday – Yoga
Workout at home
The gym may not be an option for everyone, but luckily there are hundreds of other options to do at home or with your kids. Pinterest and YouTube are filled with thousands of workout ideas. Sometimes I like to switch out my routine with dance workouts, park workouts (the monkey bars are hard!), and even my favorite quick at-home workout.
We also like to play games with the kids like sprinting to certain landmarks around our neighborhood or having the kids pick a new bike route with a few hills. With my new Columbia cruiser I’m enjoying spending this quality time with my family and keeping them active as I strive to create a healthier lifestyle. I also wanted to add that I’ve been enjoying riding to the grocery store for small items. We live pretty close by and riding to the store gives me an opportunity to get some fresh air when I’ve been sitting at a computer screen for hours.
This beautiful pink and mint blue cruiser bike model will be available at Dick’s Sporting goods. You can also find Columbia bicycles at Toys R Us, Target, Walmart and Amazon. To learn more connect with Columbia on Facebook.