Staying Active with a Hectic Schedule

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I don’t know about you but my summers seem to fly by so quickly. A combination of work, vacations, weekend getaways, holidays, and visits with friends and family can make summer vanish in a blink of the eye. It can also make sticking to a work out schedule pretty tough. After taking a look at my calendar I realized that I am only in town for two weekends in July AND August, how crazy is that? Although my schedule has never been so hectic, I have been able to stay on top of my workouts and eating pretty clean. I have a few tips to share so that you too can have a happy, healthy, and fun summer.

1) Morning work outs – With so many after work activities I like to knock out my work outs first thing in the morning. My personal routine is the 6am class at Revolve Mon/Wed/Fri and then working with my trainer Tues/Thur. By 7am my work out is done for the day!

2) Weekday structured work outs – As if after work activities aren’t enough, lately my weekends are completely packed. I find that my body works best with 1 – 2 days of rest so I use my weekends to stay active in different ways. I love hiking, biking for transportation, and the occasional trail run. Once the weekend hits I can look back on a week of great work outs and enjoy my weekend a little bit more.

3) Stay flexible – Lately I have been heading out of town on Thursdays so I miss my Friday morning class. To “make up” for the class I will sneak in an extra cardio session on the weekend. Early morning bike rides and runs are my go to. Both activities are a great way to see the area that you are in.

4) Intuitive eating – I am the last person to skip breakfast or lunch during the week. 6am work outs mean I am always hungry for breakfast, lunch, and normally a snack in between! On the weekends I find that lately if I get up and I am not hungry I just roll with it. There is a very good chance I will be around a grill and snacks at some point in the day so if my eating times shift a bit I go with it. I used to get so stressed out about making sure I had the right food at the right times and letting go a bit I have realized it is easier than you think to trust your belly and eat when it grumbles and stick to water (or a summer beverage!) when it is is happy as is.

5) Stocked fridge – I have been pretty bad about this lately because I have been coming and going so much. A fridge full of in season fruit (watermelon!!) and vegetables is amazing. Summer foods are so light, crisp, and colorful, eat them! I tend to keep a watermelon in my fridge at all times and eat out of it with a spoon, you should definitely try it.

6) Active friends – I have a handful of friends who I know I can call up and will be down for a hike or run at any time. Getting up early on the weekends to go out with friends is a great way to give yourself an excuse to catch up on sleep and get the weekend started out nice and early.

7) Comfortable shoes – This may sound silly but it’s important. During the day I always wear comfortable shoes. My go-tos are my knock off Birkenstocks : ) , Saucony Kinvaras, or a pair of boat shoes. I don’t like heels and with my knee injury and habit of rolling my ankle lately I would rather be safe than sorry. Comfortable shoes mean that you can walk places! Walking is the best passive exercise ever, so make sure your feet are happy.

8) Grill food – What a tough rule… Grills are amazing, you season all the things, and then cook. No need to add any cooking oils or liquids. Grilled food also tends to not be bogged down with heavy sauces, which makes it easy to keep things healthy. My favorite go-tos on the grill are Italian sausage, burgers, zucchini, corn, and pineapple.

How do you stay active and healthy during the summer months?

Find Your Strength

Hey Fellow Revolve Riders!

My name is Megan and I am a local foodie and fitness blogger over at Food & Fitness. I teamed up with Revolve about a month ago and dove head first into the world of cycling. A little about me before I break into today’s topic: MeganKellyI started running seriously in March of 2012, just when I was really starting to see some huge gains in my speed and endurance I tore my ACL in a soccer game. I spent the next 6 months rehabbing and then trained for and completed my first marathon in March of 2014. I was naive thinking my body could handle that kind of training and things just started to fall apart. Add spraining my ankle in April to my bum knee and running was just off the table. The same day I sprained my ankle I went to a blogger ride at Revolve (yes I know, not smart) and we fell in lust.

MeganLegBraceInjuries can either tear you down or teach you how to find your strength and keep going. One of my favorite things about Revolve classes are the little motivational cues that all the instructors yell out at exactly the right time. The first two weeks at Revolve was really mentally tough for me. Week one went amazing and then week two came and I found that my legs were dead. Interval training like that is a tough work out and you can easily burn yourself out. I was down on myself for a minute feeling like I couldn’t push through and Dorothy told us to find our strength.

Finding your strength can mean so many things to different people. I want to focus specifically on how to over come injury, thinking outside of the box, and maintaining a positive attitude.

Quick PSA – if you are injured see a doctor, don’t count on the interwebs to diagnose yourself. Once you have been to the doctors and know what is wrong this is the time to do something. Figure out what you can do to strengthen the supporting muscles and joints. Weight lifting and cross training need to become your best friends. My first strength goal after blowing out my knee was being able to do 30 regular push ups. It may not seem like much but it was a goal that I knew I would have to work towards. As fitness lovers we also love goals, find an attainable goal and work towards it. Having a goal of getting those push ups in got me to the gym. At the gym I did full body work outs but always incorporated push ups, it is all about getting out the door.

Once you reach a goal pick a different one. Once my knee could handle it I started going to yoga and my goal was 2 – 3x a week. Small goals = higher success rate, and who doesn’t like winning?

Always take you doctor or physical therapist’s advice on when to incorporate any physical activity into your routine post-injury. For knee specific injuries, from my experience, I would not recommend cycling right away. Leaving the saddle can be a recipe for disaster for a bad knee especially at low resistance. If you choose to cycle, you can always stay in the saddle and get a great workout from there. Cycling is an incredible low impact cardio work out that will keep your endurance at the same level as pre-injury you. My favorite cardio equipment post injury was the rowing machine. If you have access to one give it a try.

While tearing my ACL, rehabbing, and giving away a small fortune to pay for it was not ideal it did show me how resilient I was. It also opened my eyes to so many different types of exercise.

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What was your last major injury and how did you rehab / stay active after it?

Ways to get in touch with Megan:
Blog: www.abetteryeartoabetterlife.com
Twitter: @megankellly
Instagram: @megankelly
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30 Days of Unlimited Indoor Cycling Classes (…and why I can’t stop talking about Revolve)

There’s something magical about every Rider’s first Revolve experience. Do you remember when you got hooked? NYC Rider Megan Conley shared her story with us in today’s guest blog. We’re so happy to have Megan spreading the #RevolveLove!

I thought it’d make sense to start this blog post by summarizing my first indoor cycling class three years ago in 14 words: it was painful, and I left with no desire to ever take another class.

The soreness in my legs left me defeated and uninspired, so I really had to push myself to get back on an indoor cycling bike.

After convincing myself indoor cycling was a worthwhile workout (and realizing how to properly sit on a bike and master the different positions!), I’ve spent the last couple years experimenting with different studios from classes at NYSC, to bikes that rotate with your body movement (RUSH Cycling) to underwater cycling, which I came across after being influenced by the Queen Bey herself (AQUA Spin!)

I can honestly say one of my favorite studios to date has been Revolve NYC, so I got in touch with them to write this guest blog post as a love letter to them!

My experience with Revolve began after I found the 14th street studio on a Classtivity pack I’d purchased. After attending my first class, I was inspired to sign up for the Intro Month Package, which includes 30 days of unlimited rides. If the immediate 30 day class pack purchase isn’t enough to convince you this studio’s amazing, then here’s a little more insight into why I love Revolve:

WHAT I LOVE:

THE INSTRUCTORS & COMMUNITY VIBE WITHIN THE CLASSES: My favorite class of the 30 days was on this past NY Pride Day, where the studio transformed into a full out party for their Pride Ride (the photo below shows a quick glimpse of how much fun we all had!)

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THE 60 MINUTE RIP RIDE: Weights + Enthusiastic Instructors + 60 Minutes of Pushing Yourself  + Motivating Music = my favorite type of ride!

Speaking of motivating music…

THE MUSIC: All the instructors’ music kept me riding through the duration of each class (and as an added bonus, some of their music’s on Spotify so you have the option of listening to #RevolveSounds off the bike as well!)

I’ve recommended Revolve to co-workers, friends, and family (I even took my little sister with me to a class when she was visiting NYC & used the BFF code.  Here’s us after we took the 6am class!)

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Hopefully the above’s enough reason for you to try, too. Ride on!

Interested in trying Revolve? You’re in luck – our Summer Savings are still on at Revolve NYC!

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Power in Numbers with STRENGTH+Sole

Not all of us grew up athletic varsity athletes. In fact, many of our Riders struggled to connect to fitness for a long time before discovering something that felt right. Our philosophy at Revolve is that fitness is about people – finding that connection with the people around you will make or break a fitness experience.
One of our favorite fitness bloggers, Rachel, found that connection by introducing herself to instructors, sharing her fitness experiences with people online, and bringing friends and family along for the rideWe love Rachel’s blog, STRENGTH+Sole – check out how she went from fearing fitness to embracing the power of numbers with our first Guest Blog!

As a kid, I played one season of T-Ball and that was enough for me. In middle school P.E. class, I was THAT girl, who faked having to go to the bathroom when my turn inevitably came to serve in volleyball and turned bright red when the teacher inevitably yelled “Out!” after three strikes at bat in softball. I’ve always loathed the idea and caved under the (mostly, self-imposed) pressure of team sports.

Until now.

Through my fitness blog STRENGTH+Sole, I’ve done everything from CrossFit, boxing and indoor cycling to indoor rock climbing, trampoline jumping, bowling and skee ball. Every week, I make it my mission to push past my comfort zone–taking risks, climbing to the top, joining the team–and, loving it.

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At Revolve, we’re never riding alone!

I have amazing friends in fitness.  And, you can, too:

With dance cardio instructor Sadie, in Madison Square Park.

With dance cardio instructor Sadie, in Madison Square Park.

CrossFit coach Will and me, showing off our muscles post-WOD.

CrossFit coach Will and me, showing off our muscles post-WOD.

Saturday morning cycling at Revolve with my sister, Kara.

Saturday morning cycling at Revolve with my sister, Kara.

Because when it comes to staying motivated, learning new ways to work out and having fun, there’s definitive power in numbers.  See you at Revolve soon!

For more Rachel and STRENGTH+Sole, follow her on Twitter: @fitgirlrachel and Instagram: @rachelbeckernyc