Gabby Reece: How I Stay Motivated to Work Out

This article originally appeared on Motto. 

One of the biggest factors in achieving your health goals is finding the motivation to work out and keep your fitness top of mind. When life gets busy, it’s easy to let fitness fall by the wayside and not make it a priority. But once you find ways to keep yourself motivated and develop healthy habits, it can become a lifestyle that will enable you to see results and improve your overall well-being. Still, even as a former professional beach volleyball player, and now a Fitbit ambassador, carving out time to exercise hasn’t always been easy. That’s why I’ve depended on these five tips to keep me motivated throughout the years.

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1. Develop a workout structure

Scheduling out your workout helps you stick to it and leaves little room for opting out at the last minute. A flexible routine that gives too much choice will be the thing that you cut out of your schedule first. I personally like to write it down. If you treat your workout like an appointment, it will help you stay committed and develop habits over time, which will make it easier to continue building exercise into your routine. When you might feel tired or you’re not seeing dramatic results, a structure will help keep you going.

2. Figure out your favorite activities

Staying motivated is infinitely easier when you find something you love to do. Some people enjoy working out at a gym and lifting weights, while others might find more joy from running outside or practicing yoga. While it’s important to try and incorporate both strength training and cardio into your workouts, it’s equally important to determine which forms of exercise you love most, so staying active becomes less of a chore and more of a source of happiness.

3. Sport the right gear

It may seem like a minor factor, but having the right clothing and gear can work wonders when it comes to motivation. I love using a heart rate monitor – keeping an eye on my heart rate zones is a great way to maintain intensity and make real-time adjustments to ensure I’m hitting my goals. I also enjoy finding some cute tights or sneakers to help boost my mood. I think when you look good, you feel good, and will find that much more reason to get moving.

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4. Find a workout buddy

Finding a partner in crime to work out with is another great way of staying accountable. Making plans with someone else adds more of an obligation and makes it harder to consider taking the day off. That’s why my husband Laird and I make it a point to exercise together.

5. Make rest and recovery a priority

To stay motivated and get your best workout, you have to give your muscles and body a chance to recover. So don’t overdo it and be sure to get enough sleep, which is just as important for your health as exercise.

Gabrielle Reece is a world-renowned athlete, New York Times bestselling author, wife and mother. She’s a former professional beach volleyball player and was Nike’s first female spokesperson. She has a passion for healthy living and fitness, which has shaped her career and makes her a popular leader in the world of health and wellness.

These Super-Fit Moms Are an Endless Source of Inspo

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We love following fit moms on Instagram, from A-listers (hi, Britney!) to yoga instructors. Not only do these women prove you can be in amazing shape at any age or stage in life, they also inspire us to prioritize fitness (even when it feels like there’s zero time in the day). And of course, they tend to share irresistible snaps of their adorable kids. Here, eight strong moms who make us want to break a sweat.

Elsa Pataky 

@elsapatakyconfidential

The Spanish actress (and wife of Thor star Chris Hemsworth) regularly gives us a glimpse into her super-challenging fitness sessions, including her now-famous ab workout using a stroller-genius!

Laura Kasperzak 

@lauraskykora

Laura Kasperzak is always posting sweet snaps of the yoga poses she teacher her young daughter, who is already a total pro at challenging moves like Bow Pose and Bird of Paradise. 

Hilaria Baldwin

@hilariabaldwin

Celebrity yoga instructor Hilaria Baldwin (and mom of three little ones with hubby Alec Baldwin) stays balanced and grounded through her practice. Find your own center with Baldwin’s gentle 5-minute yoga sequence, which strengthens the lower body while emphasizing the importance of breath.

Kristin McGee

@kristinmcgee

Health‘s contributing yoga editor recently gave birth to twin boys, and she’s kept active by incorporating them into her workout routine-such as by using them as super-cute “weights” in yoga-inspired, at-home strengthening exercises like the one above.

Sara Wiss

@sara.wiss

The Nike Run Club coach went viral earlier this year when she shared an amazing video of her doing five perfect chin-ups while 41 weeks pregnant.

Jillian Michaels

@jillianmichaels

Fitness entrepreneur and Health cover star Jillian Michaels (who is mom to daughter Lukensia and son Phoenix) always inspires us to get moving. (Check out her total-body workout for new mamas at least 12 weeks postpartum.)

Denise Austin

@deniseaustin

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Denise Austin (of LifeFit by Denise Austin) has more than 30 years of experience as a fitness instructor, and shows no signs of slowing down. Need proof? Check out the full-body workout above with her daughter Katie Austin. This 10-minute routine tones from head to toe.

Tracy Anderson

@tracyandersonmethod

As anyone who’s been to her ridiculously-challenging Tracy Anderson Method classes can attest, Health‘s contributing fitness editor is seriously strong. And most importantly, she understands the importance of balance and self-care. “You want to take care of yourself and be as good to yourself as possible,” she recently told Health. “With self-gratitude, you can start making choices that will create balance for your body.”

Britney Spears

@britneyspears

No “fit moms” list would be complete without Brit. Whether it’s teaching a charity spin class, showing off her intense workouts, or flaunting her toned stomach in gym selfies, the mom of two follows her own “You better work” motto when it comes to her fitness routine.

10 Stylish White Sneakers That Go With Everything

A new season means it’s time for a fresh new pair of kicks. And what better option to transition to spring in style than some bright white sneakers? Not only are they totally trendy right now, but this neutral footwear also matches (nearly) everything in your wardrobe. Plus, sneakers are the ultimate travel shoe-you can walk around in them all day without having to stop and deal with blisters or sore arches. (These comfortable ballet flats, stylish flats with arch support, and podiatrist-approved comfortable sandals are also great options for spring and summer travel, as well as everyday wear.) So whether you need sneaks to wear to work or to sport post-gym with your mesh-paneled leggings and cool hoodies, we’ve found nine fashionable white sneakers for women that will help you conquer the new season with a little extra pep in your step.

Converse Jack Purcell CP Canvas Low Top ($65; zappos.com)

If you’re looking for that quintessential pair of casual kicks, white Converse will do the trick. These classic sneakers are a super versatile choice-you can wear them on the weekends while running errands or rock them at the office for a cool, business-casual look.

 

Vans Sk8-Hi Slim Sneaker ($55; urbanoutfitters.com)

Take your style game to a whole new level with these killer high-tops. You can rock them with rolled up jeans, shorts, or even a skirt for a truly on-point look.

 

 

Keds Champion Original ($40; zappos.com)

Remember these? Keds are making a comeback and we’re definitely not mad about it-we love the versatility of these cute, simple sneaks. Plus, when they get scuffed, you can easily throw them in the wash-a major bonus when it comes to keeping white footwear fresh and clean.

 

 

Adidas Stan Smith Sneaker ($75; nordstrom.com)

These Adidas may be an old-school style, but modern-vintage sneakers are coming back in a big way. Plus, wearing them with stylish athleisure gives these sneakers an upgraded, hip look. Let them take you from a Saturday morning workout to brunch and beyond by pairing the sleek shoes with some bright, bold leggings.

 

New Balance 576 Made in UK Animal ($250; newbalance.com)

Mix up your wardrobe with a little dose of texture. These stylish monochromatic New Balance shoes, featuring an embossed leather upper, can easily be dressed up or down for any occasion.

 

DC Trase Slip-On TX ($45; zappos.com)

Looking for pair of shoes to easily throw on as you rush out the door? These slip-ons make getting dressed in the morning a total breeze. Not to mention, they look white-hot with skinny jeans, capris, shorts, dresses, and more.

 

Reebok Lifestyle Princess ($40; zappos.com)

This classic aerobics shoe has been updated for 2017 with breathable uppers and a terry lining designed to absorb moisture. They bring a preppy vibe to any active outfit. 

 

Adidas Superstar Sneaker ($80; nordstrom.com)

The Adidas Originals Superstar is still a must-have after 48 years. Pair it with your basic leggings or even with a maxi skirt for a celeb status outfit. 

Rebook Classic Leather Pearlized ($80; reebok.com)

A subtle shine makes the Reebok Classic Leather Pearlized that much more luxe. Padded foam sockliners keeps blisters at bay when you are working the no sock look. 

Puma Basket Heart Patent ($85; puma.com)

Oversize laces-a nod to the 80s-give the Puma Basket Heart Patent a retro feel. This style was originally introduced in the 60s as a basketball warm-up shoe, so they’re great for hitting the courts too. 

Shannen Doherty’s Breast Cancer Is In Remission, She Slayed It Like A Brenda

Slaying cancer, like a Brenda.

In 2015, Shannen Doherty announced that she’d been diagnosed with breast cancer and was undergoing treatment.

In 2015, Shannen Doherty announced that she'd been diagnosed with breast cancer and was undergoing treatment.

Instagram: @theshando

And she’s been incredibly open about the experience ever since.

And she's been incredibly open about the experience ever since.

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On Friday, Doherty took to Instagram to post an update – her cancer is in remission.

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She posted: “Moments. They happen. Today was and is a moment. What does remission mean? I heard that word and have no idea how to react. Good news? YES. Overwhelming. YES. Now more waiting. As every single one of my fellow cancer family knows, the next five years is crucial. Reoccurrences happen all the time. Many of you have shared that very story with me. So with a heart that is certainly lighter, I wait. In the meantime, decisions. Reconstruction which is several surgeries. Decision on taking a pill for the next five years that comes with its own set of problems and side effects. I am blessed, I know that. But for now…remission. I’m going to just breathe. #cancerslayer”

Instagram: @theshando

Incredible news!

Would You Have Been A Good Husband 120 Years Ago?

Let’s see if you know how to treat a bride.

In 1897, Sylvanus Stall published a book called What A Young Husband Ought To Know. It was a guidebook for young men on how they should approach their marital duties, including sex, procreation, fidelity, “care of the bride,” and “questions concerning offspring.”

So, answer these questions about women, men, wives, and husbands, and find out if you would’ve made the kind of husband Stall approved of, or if you would’ve known how to spot one for yourself!

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