Turning Nature Into Your Gym

With the weather getting nicer, we are all trying to spend every second outside that we can! This can cut into our gym time though. Why be inside a gym when you can be outside? We get it! We don’t take it personal (as long as you promise to come back)! BUT did you know that you can work out outside? What a concept. The weather has taken its toll on my body! I took a few days off of the gym and realized I can’t do this all summer. I needed to figure out a way to have a fun workout while enjoying the weather and also finding places to go, and I did!  Continue reading

How To Stay Motivated Over Summer

Stay motivated graphicHow to Stay Motivated Over the Summer

Now that we are into the summer, one of two things tend to happen to peoples’ fitness plans and goals. You either are doing fine; and with summer here you have more time to pay attention to it, or–the more popular one–you are slacking. Whether it be because the summer season has gotten you lazy, or because you are consumed by other things such as work or family, you aren’t staying motivated with what you want fitness wise. Instead of giving up, try some of these quick suggestions to get your motivation rolling again this summer!


1)    Create achievable goals. In the summer, people tend to get all gun-ho on how they may drop 30 pounds or get washboard abs or whatever it may be. All though that is all good thinking, step back and evaluate your goals and make sure they are something you can realistically reach. Even if they sound attainable, they may not be for everyone since everyone is different.


2)         Use the summer to your advantage. With the warmer weather, we can use this as an outlet to become more active. Summer opens up the options of riding your bike, swimming, hiking, kayaking, seasonal outdoor sports, and so many more activities! Keep your mind open to anything you can do outdoors; all that fresh air will be great for you!


3)         Have others hold you accountable. It’s easier when you are not alone. Tell your friends, make a Facebook post, anything that is an outside source to keep you motivated and focused on your goals. For me, I like to use apps on my phone to help me be reminded daily of my goals. For app ideas, you can check out The 25 Best Fitness Apps of 2017 to see what kind of apps are out there that would work for you.


These are all things I personally try to keep in mind over the summer for my personal fitness goals. These tips are actually applicable to most things in life, not just fitness. These are great ways to help you achieve general goals. And keep you away from that Summertime Sadness! (Also, last tip, don’t listen to Lana Del Ray. She’s so negative about the summer season).


*Always Proud, Never Satisfied*





For more information on how to stay motivated this summer, check out this link!




Paddle board, anyone?

Paddle Board PhotoBy: Mary Marren

A couple of weeks ago I was hanging out with my friend when she mentioned that she recently started paddle boarding. It was always something that I wanted to try so I asked her if I could come with to her class. When we found out a spot opened up to join the class we headed right over to the beach.

As a newbie I was glad to be with an instructor for my first time going out on the water. We got our boards, and we were off! Immediately I realized that standing on a paddle board, in a lake with boats all around, is not the easiest task. My balance started to kick in and all I could focus on was not falling! When we started paddling out to the lake it was easier to fall into a rhythm with the waves.

At the time it seemed like a relaxing ride with some good company, but later I realized that it was also a great workout! Paddle boarding challenges your balance, your core, and your arms. With all of that being said, I was instantly hooked.

Since I found paddle boarding to be an enjoyable workout I wanted to kick it up to the next gear. The next day I took a yoga paddle boarding class. This is a yoga class that is done out on the water on your paddle board. The intensity started to kick in right away when we started doing the yoga poses.  Every muscle that was being worked in my body from paddle boarding instantly kicked into over drive. It was awesome.

Paddle boarding may seem out of reach here in Whitewater, but the place where I go is right in Lake Geneva which is only 30 minutes away. If you are looking for some adventure I’d would highly recommend the adventure club at Clear Water Outdoors in Lake Geneva.  They give you all the equipment needed, take you to the lake, and the classes are a group setting rather than going alone.

Paddle boarding not your thing? They also offer kayaking, rock climbing, and cross country skiing in the winter. Obviously this is not an everyday thing, but if you are looking for some extra adventure in your life to accompany your everyday workout, I would highly recommend it.

Feel free to check out their website!

Stay Healthy Stay Strong,
Mary Marren