Let me tell you about FitStar. I just discovered it, and it has been a sanity-saver in a slightly chaotic few weeks.
Everyone struggles with finding the time to get fit! How do you make time to get in a workout when you have 500 things to do every given day? It’s nearly impossible…or maybe just a hurdle and I need some help getting motivated.
When I was younger – pre-kids – sneaking in a jog whenever I wanted was so simple. A quick jaunt to the gym or an hour at a fantastic workout class or a relaxing 90-minute yoga session were bliss, and I didn’t have to think twice about the time it took. The 20 minutes to the gym. The 20 minutes home. The two total hours that I was “out of commission” while being healthy and staying thin. It was no big deal!
I know that isn’t the way to think about it, but sometimes, I can’t help myself. It was such a luxury!!! Because now, almost every minute of my day is planned – every day. Between work, traveling, kids, hubby, volunteering, cooking, cleaning, planning summer camps (this is another long story for a later date), etc. …..
I’m exhausted just writing it, and yet that is so many of our days, all the time. I know that it isn’t just me! I see my friends and family pushing each other to sneak in those workouts too. “Sneaking” being the critical word.
Ironically, last fall, I started to get in a really good habit of sneaking to the gym at lunch. I didn’t feel like I was letting anyone done, or missing anything, and my gym has some great classes from noon to 1pm that were perfect for me. Plus, my hubby worked 5 minutes away from the gym, so we would have workout dates once in awhile.
Then, I had the seizure in December and been on the no-drive rule due to doctor’s orders until May 9 (date is literally marked with a giant smiley face on my calendar). It makes getting to the gym impossibly hard when you can’t drive there, it’s 2 miles away (I’ve jogged it), and the average temperature is 25 degrees.
So what do you do when you still need to get those miles in? We have a Family Fitness challenge that I’m so proud to be a part of. I want to stay healthy. Plus, I got some lovely baby weight that just won’t go away, and the “baby” is now 2 1/2.
What I’ve found is that I have to have a workout come to me that’s fun and different. Then, I can always find 20 minutes to sneak in some healthy exercise.
That’s where FitStar comes in!
FitStar is awesome and it is simple. I found it through a simple Google search of “Best Fitness Apps,” and it is truly a winner. Reasons are simple:
- Tony Gonzales is my trainer. Former amazing tight-end. In theory, nice guy. And, he looks like this… Do I really need to say anything else??
- Quick and Accessible Workouts: Workouts range from 10 minutes to an hour and you can pick your “plan” based on where you are from a fitness perspective. There are four plans, plus other options if you want to mix it up.
- Free Trial: You can get access and use limited workouts for free. I actually spent the first week using the free workouts, then upgraded to premium access for $60 per year. Note, by inviting friends, you get discounts off premium membership.
- No Equipment Required: So far all exercises use your own body weight for resistance along with things around you. Whether your home or in a hotel room, you can do a solid workout any time.
- Fitbit/Facebook Friendly: As with most of these apps, you can link to your social media and other exercise accounts. Build up a network and cheer each other on!
If you are looking for something to add to your routine, or are just interesting in staring at Tony Gonzales for a few minutes a day, check out FitStar. It’s been built in to my normal exercise routine.
I’m also going to be testing out new apps once or twice a month so tell me your favorites!!!